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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118277554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118277553
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

An Entertaining And Thought-Provoking Look Behind The Curtain Of The Global Economy

When journalist and traveler Kelsey Timmerman wanted to know more about where his clothes came from and who made them, he began a journey that would take him from Honduras to Bangladesh to Cambodia to China and back again. In Where Am I Wearing?, Kelsey introduces you to the human side of globalization—the factory workers, their names, their families, and their way of life—and bridges the gap between global producers and consumers.

Updates to this paperback edition include:

  • The author's astonishing search for the garment worker in Honduras who inspired the book and who underwent a death-defying journey of love, sacrifice, and hope

  • The lives of the factory workers and their families now, and how the global financial crisis affected them

  • A visit to a fair trade Ethiopian shoe factory that is changing lives one job at time

  • Discussion guide for teachers and educators, focusing on sweatshops, child labor, fair trade, individual and corporate social responsibility, and other global economic issues

About the Author

KELSEY TIMMERMAN is a freelance journalist and public speaker. He's spent the night in Castle Dracula in Romania, gone undercover as an underwear buyer in Bangladesh, and taught an island village to play baseball in Honduras. His writing has appeared in publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and has aired on NPR.


More About the Author

I'm the author of "Where am I Wearing?" and a freelance writer who focuses on globalization, travel, the outdoors, adventure, and what it means to be a Touron (moron + tourist) in worlds of clashing cultures.

I've spent the night in Castle Dracula in Romania, gone undercover as an underwear buyer in Bangladesh, played PlayStation in Kosovo, taught an island village to play baseball in Honduras, and, in another life, I worked as a SCUBA instructor in Key West, Florida.

I was made in America.

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I had to read this book for my Social welfare class and ended up loving it!
sarina west
I actually live in the same town as him, and just reading his book, I can tell he's just a normal guy like everyone else around here.
Shay
Kelsey Timmerman does a great job of going global and helping us to understand the life that people live who make our clothes.
Jeremiah

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MovingBlues on February 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book will be boring to you if...

-You like shows along the lines of Gossip Girl, Sex and the City, etc

-You are cynical, believing that "Its not like we can do anything to help them!"

-You are stubborn in believing things or think that a lot of things are "gimmicks"

-You are a girl(or a guy for that matter) that something more along the lines of "Eat, Pray, Love" where a book focuses on the "spritual awakenings" and "newfound" discoveries the author has while being a typical tourist looking at famous buidlings, and traveling the world

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I decided to post points on why some people might not get this book. I think a lot of the one star reviews on here are people that fall in one of those categories.

Some of the best things I like about this book that set it apart from several others is that even after several expeditions across the world Timmerman does not think he is some new kind of genius (Like a lot of other authors of books with similar themes). He does not try to preach and shove down his agenda in your throat. He still thinks he is constantly learning about the world. He still considers himself a "touron" (tourist+moron) even by the end of the book.

Timmerman's whole point of the book is not only to get people to learn about the people who make their clothes but also to be more global in the way that you think. Become more invested in the current events happening around the world, if you do not know about something, learn about it.

The thing that I also like about this book is that it shows people that traveling...
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Fashion Industry: Learn about where clothes are made and what actually goes into it. Who the people are. How it all works.

Travel Enthusiasts: If you travel, I mean really travel, then you'll love this book. The stories take you into the cultures of the world.

American Consumers: Before you start chanting against "sweat shops" and for "American-made" maybe you should understand the rest of the world better. A sweat shop in the USA would be a travesty and unjust. One in Cambodia simply keeps children from prostitution. I'm not making a political statement for or against anything (and neither is this book), it's just a statement to encourage people to learn about all angles, not just "American-made" mindsets...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Christine Mcpherson on June 4, 2013
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The language in this book is not something I would recommend for some people,but this book, Where am I Wearing, is an amazing book and I thank Kelsey Timmerman for opening our eyes to the world and people who make our clothes. I will share this story with all of my friends, family, and strangers so that we all have an understanding of how our clothes are made and how our purchases can impact others. They may make different opinions than I, but from now on I'm going to make an effort to choose my clothes carefully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Fulmer on July 7, 2014
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Where am I wearing describes the author's visits to a number of the counties were certain articles of his clothing were made. Along the way, we meet a number of garment workers and discover what their day-to-day lives are like and learn something about how the economies of their countries operate. We learn a lot of nuance along the way -- overseas garment factories are not easily classified as "sweatshops" and "not sweatshops," and the people who work there often have better lives than they would without those jobs. In the end, Timmerman challenges us to be engaged consumers, to know where our products are made and to search for sellers that engage in ethical sourcing. He gets a little preachy at the end and ends up making some suggestions that really aren't supported by his description of the factories. For example, he talks about what you can do if you only want to buy US made clothing, after talking about how these very poor foreign garment workers really want US consumers to buy their products.

Unfortunately, Timmerman could use a good editor. He writes like a travel columnist trying to fill space, often going into digressions that have nothing to do with his topic. For example, he discusses the 1992 Olympic "Dream Team" in some detail, even though it is only extremely tangential to the topic at hand (in this case, a New York factory that makes uniforms for professional sports teams). And, the book seems to be too much about him -- far too much "I hope," "I think" and "I feel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Woneata on February 9, 2013
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This book makes you take a step back and think about how you fit in the world. It makes you aware that you are a global citizen and what you choose to buy has an impact on the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Roper on May 13, 2012
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If you are looking for a condemnation of the clothing industry in third world countries from a raving activists viewpoint, this is not the book for you. If you want an easy to read human based story about the people who make our clothes and an honest look at the pros and cons of the industry, this is the book for you.

Timmerman has an easy to read voice that makes one laugh. He investigates the clothing industry from the viewpoint of the workers, adding personal touch to controversial topics like child labor, sweatshops, and workers rights in the third world.

As consumers, we speak through our spending. This is the kind of book that brings to light the differences among countries that house the textile industry. Highly recommended to the reader looking for a personal touch about the people who made your clothes and a tour through the streets, villages, and cities that they live in.
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