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How Wal-Mart is Destroying America and The World and What You Can Do About It Paperback – October 1, 2000

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From the Publisher

*A tell-all guide to Wal-Mart’s business and employment practices with tips for fighting back.
*Recent charges of sexual discrimination against Wal-Mart precipitated the biggest class action lawsuit in U.S.history.
*A recent study by the University of California at Berkeley estimated that Wal-Mart’s employment policies cost California taxpayers $86 million per year. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

BILL QUINN is a World War II veteran, retired newspaperman, and certified anti –Wal-Mart crusader. He lives with his wife, Lennie, in Grand Saline, Texas. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 171 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press; Rev. & Updated edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580082319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580082310
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,346,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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79 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on June 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
The last time I spent any time in a Wal-Mart, I think, was roughly ten years ago. Even then, something about the place felt fundamentally wrong. Maybe it had something to do with the overfriendly greeter at the front door, a guy who spent way too much time trying to get my attention. Perhaps the downright filthy appearance of the store set off my internal warning bells. After all, it's difficult to gain a decent impression of a place when merchandise spills onto the floor, products teeter precariously on top of shelving units, and the employees look like they just got out of jail. I left without buying a single item, vowing never to return. And I haven't gone back after all these years. Neither has Bill Quinn, the eighty eight year old author of this slim indictment of America's biggest retailer. The writer, a former journalist and magazine editor, presents a startling array of facts against the House that Sam Walton built in "How Wal-Mart is Destroying America." After reading this book, you will think twice about returning to shop at "The Box," one of the terms Quinn and his sympathizers use in referring to Wal-Mart.
The list of egregious behaviors occurring under the aegis of Wal-Mart, based out of Bentonville, Arkansas, simply boggles the mind. Quinn's key complaint centers on the retailer's anti-competitive outlook, known as "Stomp the Comp," when the company moves into a small town and proceeds to demolish every mom and pop business in the area. Through cutthroat pricing and luring away employees from smaller stores, Wal-Mart takes business right out from under the noses of modest retail outlets. As all other stores in the area shut down, the Box from Bentonville becomes the only significant force in the region.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on April 7, 2005
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a friend lent me this book about a year after a walmart supercenter came to our town of a little over 15,000. I personally found the majority of the information in the book outrageous! I cant understand how we let such a horrible place even exist in america. some things were obvious, like the sweatshops and about them not buy american made products. Other things like how they treat their vendors, cheat on their taxes, and claim to do charity work when all they do is ship the stuff their vendors donate in big walmart trucks so it just appears like they are helping, that shocks me.

i always read other people's reviews of books ive already read in order to comment on what they have said and after reading the bad reviews of this book it doesnt even seem like those people have read the book. They shouldnt be allowd an opinion on a book they have not even picked up and given a chance. They give examples of how walmart has given to charity for their town, but i ask you this, IS THE MONEY COMING DIRECTLY FROM WALMART OR ARE THEY JUST THE MESSENGER? One reviewer was ignorant enough to say walmart was the best thing to happen to the world, a perfect example of someone who has not read the book writing a review.

The most common argument is if you dont like walmart dont shop there. Well i dont shop there, i still have a supercenter destroying my town. bottom line NOT SHOPPING AT WALMART DOESNT SOLVE THE PROBLEM. The purpose of this book is to inform everyone of just how walmart "helps" america. the format is very simplistic, yes, but that is so it can be understood and reach a larger audience.

Walmart is a multi billion dollar corporation that is truely destroying the world. Arm yourself with information and help stop this beast.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By hoagamaniac on January 26, 2001
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Some of this book is a little over the top in the sense that it has been used by Bill Quinn as a tool in his epic quest to stop the Wal-Mart machine.
While it may be a little on the obsessive side, it points out a lot of elements of the Wal-Mart empire that they would probably like to keep under wraps. Many of the practices exercised by Wal-Mart surprised me in their audacity. There are many accounts by customers, former employees, and others who have dealt with the beast firsthand. The book also lays out ideas to help communities fight off an attempt by Wal-Mart to move into new territory.
After reading the first half of this book, I was compelled to avoid shopping at Wal-Mart. Not that I shopped there often to begin with, but now I make it a point to look elsewhere for my goods.
I have already talked about the book to some friends of mine, who expressed interest in reading it when I was finished. If you are interested in the underhanded tactics that the largest U.S. retailer uses to insure success, pick up a copy of "How Wal-Mart is destroying America..." and pass it along when your done.
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55 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Schtinky VINE VOICE on June 11, 2004
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I don't often review non-fiction books, so I am rolling the flavor of this review around on my tongue trying to figure out how to interpret my taste of the book.
The good points of the book are how Mr. Quinn outlines areas of defense for your community to patrol, like watching all of the zoning requests, even from companies that seem to have nothing to do with WalMart, for often they will purchase and then lease out to the hungry beast.
He gives website information at the end of the book, so that if your interest (and ire) have been adequately sparked, there are outlets for your fiery resistance to flow into.
And, he gives factual information on the tactics that WalMart uses to infiltrate small-town America and ruthlessly destroy small business owners.
Most shocking to everybody should be the fact that WalMart is now the number one large-business employer in America...paying minimum wage and considering 28 hours a week to be "full time". No wonder America is slowly becoming a third-world country. In the past, when I actually shopped at WalMart, I felt like I was entering a third world country when I passed through those wheezing doors. Now I know why.
Teetering on the edge of good-point/bad-point is the simplistic writing style of Quinn's book. On the one hand, it is easy to read and gets the point across rapidly. On the other hand, it tends to sound a bit like Grandpa "going off" as he sat around the old stove at night. (Sigh...those good old days long before WalMart...)
The single most blatant bad point about this book was the fact that *not once* did Quinn mention that the simplest way to stop a carnivorous corporate giant like this is to STOP SHOPPING THERE.
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