- Paperback: 198 pages
- Publisher: McFarland (May 13, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786442468
- ISBN-13: 978-0786442461
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tipping: An American Social History of Gratuities
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Veteran entertainment-media researcher Kerry Segrave is the author of numerous works of social history from McFarland. His books have covered such topics as ticket scalping, baldness, vending machines, drive-in theaters, suntanning, jukeboxes, smoking, swindling, lie detectors, shoplifting, and walking, among many others. He lives in British Columbia. --Library Journal.
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Though the history of tipping can be traced to the Middle Ages, the practice did not become widespread until the late 19th century. Initially, Americans reviled the custom, branding it un-American and undemocratic. The opposition gradually faded and tipping became an American institution. From its beginnings in Europe to its development as a quintessentially American trait, this work provides a social history of tipping customs and how the United States became a nation of tippers.
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This book is a solid introduction to media-recorded historical events and attitudes concerning tipping in the U.S., and a good general factual background on that. A must for any serious research on tipping. However, anyone looking for any sort of theory or analysis must look elsewhere, as Segrave is very deliberately focused on one thing - "just the facts, please".