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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Disinformation Books; Film tie-in edition edition (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932857249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932857245
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,722,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Greg Spotts serves on the Santa Monica Arts Commission. He is the director of the film American Jobs, a documentary looking at the loss of blue and white collar jobs to global sourcing. Greenwald executive produced the 2002 documentary, Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election. The success and political impact of that project led Greenwald to commit to two additional "Un" documenataries -- Uncovered, which he produced and directed, and Unconstitutional, about the erosion of American civil liberties following the events of September 11.

As well as Outfoxed, Robert Greenwald executive produced Unprecedented: The 2000 Presidential Election, produced and directed Uncovered: The War On Iraq and most recently produced Unconstitutional: The War on our Civil Liberties, about the erosion of American civil liberties following the events of September 11.

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Customer Reviews

This is the wrong book.
Kevin L. Nenstiel
This book involves a behind the scenes at the "making of" the documentary film.
C. Zachar
I mean a book slamming the place I hate most!
Heather M. Van Houten

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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Usually, when a book is published to coincide with the release of a documentary film, the book contains details and information that serve to flesh out the synoptic look that the documentary format provides. If you're looking for that sort of book here, I'm sorry, my friend. This is the wrong book.

Instead of looking at the information stored in the movie, this is a making-of document. It goes point-by-point through initial research and primary shooting up to about halfway through post-production. Also there are little pointers interspersed through the film on how to make politically motivated documentaries, in case the reader wants to be the Cecil B. DeMille of political harangues.

I'm sure there are people who are interested in the internal controversies that accompanied designing the poster for this film. I'm sure some people are interested on why one of the principal interviews, with a former Wal-Mart manager, takes place in a car and looks so incredibly cramped. But that's not why I bought this book, and that's probably not why you're considering it. This is E! True Hollywood Story stuff, not the content of a companion volume for a political diatribe.

Where this should be a book of hard facts that can be used in arguments against the continued invasion of the Wal-Martians, instead we get backlot gossip and pelf. Perhaps another book is in the offing in the near future, containing a more detailed look at the information in the movie. In the meantime, unless you hope to be a documentarian yourself, save your money. This isn't the book for which you're looking.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Spangler on September 25, 2008
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It is how they made the movie and their struggle to get it out. I guess it may help those hoping to do the same thing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Schreiber on December 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
First of all, I don't have an agenda regarding Walmart. I'm not a fan, and I avoid shopping at Walmart when I can. Living in a small town, sometimes Walmart is the only option when an item is needed immediately.

Some casual browsers may be confused by the cover of this book...it is NOT about Walmart, rather it's primary purpose is detailing the making of the film/DVD "Wal*Mart - The High Cost of Low Prices".

After the first few pages of the book, it becomes quite obvious that Greg Spots (the book's author) is an enthusiastic fan of film director Robert Greenwald. Nearly every page celebrates the director in some way. The book is interesting in that it explains how an "attack film" can be constructed, but ends up sounding like a "fan-zine". I have not seen the film, but there is zero effort on behalf of the director and producers to present a balance in their research and reporting.

The "Walmart-haters" might find some value in sifting through these 220 pages, but I think most readers will grow bored rather quickly.

At the time of this review, the best "used" price on Amazon was 39-cents...maybe even cheaper at Walmart!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Zachar on January 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
I learned of the subject matter through my brother, who advised me that I "had to" learn about this information. I went to Amazon to buy the book, admittedly not scanning the reviews first. Big mistake. This book involves a behind the scenes at the "making of" the documentary film. It does not discuss with any great detail the issues or criticisms of Walmart, which is what I was really looking to know. As anxious as I was to receive and read the book, I am disappointed now. If anyone is interested in these issues, it would be my advice to get and watch the film---do not buy this book.
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Anyone going into business, running a home or who cares where our economy is headed, should read this book.
Great insight into where we are headed if we don't mean our ways now.
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