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The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff Is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and Our Health-and a Vision for Change Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 9, 2010
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In this important book I finally caught on to the concept of "real cost." While it is nuts how much stuff people buy that they can't afford the really crazy thing is that we pay nowhere near the real cost of almost anything that we buy. We don't pay to treat the poisoned children in the developing world that have no clean water because of the techniques used in materials extraction, we don't pay for a living wage for the oppressed peoples that manufacture our goods and we certainly don't pay for our goods to be "disposed of" in any kind of a way that would keep more pain and suffering and damage being done.
This isn't a political screed (and don't believe anyone that tells you that it is) -- this is the story of how our very real stuff interacts with millions of people and the environments of nations all over the world. Point being that it is not a story about governments or ideologies. It is about people and materials and how we can make things better.
The book is very well written and has the 'flow' that Annie has when she speaks on her film (which is very good -- google it if you haven't seen it yet) and goes into all the details. It also has a lot of really good stories from Annie's travels all over the world gathering the information that she has put in this book.
Honestly, I think that this is an essential book -- buy it and read it, then make the changes that you'll know you should.
For an environmentally aware person, most of what Ms Leonard writes is no news. However the best about her book is not the factual contents but her writing style. She totally stays away from the tiresome drama and speculative horror narrative, which you find in so many environmental books. Hence the book is very well suited for anyone who is concerned about the impact that all our Stuff is having on Planet Earth and what to do about it. Ms Leonard is very practical and solution oriented, and provides plenty of links to find out more details. So I figure this book would be very well suited for classroom/college use, study/discussion/community action groups or, as mentioned, most anyone concerned.
By the way ask your local library to get a copy ;-)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Required reading for a youth summit my grandson is attending. He reports that he finds it interesting to read and has great information.Published 1 month ago by Debbie
Interesting book, with cool facts and very VERY informative. However, after you read some chapters it gets a little repetitive. It becomes impossible to avoid everything. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Yukio
Only a few years old, but quite the classic. If you want to know why our environment is going downhill and why our children and grandchildren will not enjoy the clean air,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vic
I had to read this for a class. Surprisingly, as someone who isn't an environmentalist, this actually impacted me. Read morePublished 6 months ago by tAsTytEmPAi
I already read it and gave it to a friend to read. Very simple to understand.Published 8 months ago by KT