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How Walmart Is Destroying America (And the World): And What You Can Do about It
After carving up the once lovingly cared-for downtowns of Small Town America, Wal-Mart launched a frontal assault on mom-and-pop businesses all over the globe. With 1.5 million employees operating more than 3, 500 stores, Wal-Mart is now the world'¬?s largest private employer. In this third edition of How Wal-Mart Is Destroying America (and the World), intrepid Texas newspaperman Bill Quinn continues the fight. Featuring detailed accounts of Wal-Mart'¬?s questionable business practices and the latest information on Wal-Mart lawsuits, vendor issues, and efforts to stop expansion, Quinn shows why Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., is arguably the most feared and despised corporation in the world. Whether you'¬?re a customer fed up with Wal-Mart'¬?s false claims, a vendor squeezed by strong-arm tactics, a worker pushed to increase the Waltons'¬? bottom line, or a concerned citizen trying to save your hometown, this book will show you how to get Wal-Mart off your back and out of your backyard.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.
Capitalism run amuck
By Jeffrey Leach
- June 25, 2004
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... read more
What Everyone Should Know About Walmart
- April 7, 2005
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... read more
A look at what goes on behind the scenes at the retail giant
By hoagamaniac "hoagamaniac"
- January 26, 2001
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... read more
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