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“…a fine account of how the countervailing forces of the market and protectionism conflict in combining in a single product…” (Financial Times, 30 July 2005)
"Rarely is a business book so well written that one would gladly stay up all night to finish it..." (CIO: Chief Information Officer Magazine, June 15, 2005)
"Globalization is a hot-button topic that generates strong feelings along with images of boarded-up, independent businesses in America and exploitative sweatshops overseas. But what exactly is it? In The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, Georgetown University business professor Pietra Rivoli chronicles the round-the-world odyssey of a T-shirt, from Texas cotton-growers to an African used-clothing bazaar, to reveal how the planetary economy really works.
Along the way, we see how entrepreneurial U.S. farmers team with government-sponsored researchers--and take advantage of subsidies and trade barriers--to dominate world cotton production. Migrant workers from Chinese family farms tell why they regard low-wage jobs in Shanghai sewing factories as golden opportunities. And only in that African used-clothing bazaar do we encounter a truly free market where entrepreneurs--perhaps including some future tycoons of the 21st century--utterly rely on pure business skills and instinct. Whether you feel hurt or helped by globalization, you'll certainly understand it better after reading this fascinating account." (Entrepreneur Magazine, May 2005
"...full of memorable characters and vivid scenes..." [and that] "Rivoli excels at making connections." (Time Magazine, March 28, 2005)
"T-shirts may not have changed the world; but this story is a useful account of how free trade and protection certainly have." (Financial Times)
"The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is an excellent piece of work - a thorough, lucid and (best of all) honest examination of how politics and economics intertwine in the real world." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
“Engrossing….(Rivoli) goes wherever the t-shirt goes and there are surprises around every corner…full of memorable characters and vivid scenes” (TIME)
"Her nuanced and fair-minded approach is all the more powerful for eschewing the pretense of ideological absolutism, and her telescopic look through a single industry has all the makings of an economics classic." (New York Times)
“…Succeeds admirably… T-shirts may not have changed the world, but this story is a useful account of how free trade and protectionism certainly have.” (Financial Times)
“…a fascinating exploration of the history, economics and politics of world trade…The Travels of a T-Shirt is a thought-provoking yarn that exhibits the ugly, the bad and the good of globalization, and points to the unintended positive consequences of the clash between the proponents and opponents of free trade.” (Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
“…a readable and evenhanded treatment of the complexities of world trade… As Rivoli repeatedly makes clear, there is absolutely nothing free about free trade except the slogan.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
An especially readable book on free trade. If I were still teaching economics I would use this book as a textbook on the global economy and how the policy makers in each nation... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Donald E. Mckiernan
It is also an excellent history of the cotton industry forming growing to apparel.Published 11 months ago by none
You don't have to be an economist to understand the points that Dr. Rivoli makes in this book. She explains how the global economy works in a very clear and understandable way. Read morePublished 14 months ago by S. Power
Revelatory is a good word for this book. I learned so much about the textile industry. This book includes history and statistics, but best of all, stories about the actual people... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Burning down the house
This book is extraordinarily well researched and well written. The book explains and educates without ever becoming an advocate for any particular position in what is usually a... Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Don65
What is wrong with you? Still reading reviews? Go ahead and read the book, this lady has more 5 stars than the US Army! Read morePublished on September 26, 2013 by D. Macena
In this revealing study of the "life" of an ordinary t-shirt, Ms. Rivoli shines a light on international trade and trade policy in a way that few other books can. Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by C.P.M.