A discerning selection for the quality-obsessed. This book is a delightful, provocative, and very informative guide to selected goods and services that are "the best" (though not always the most expensive) of their type.
Americans today, especially those born after WW2, are the most sophisticated and knowledgeable consumers in the world. No longer content with the mediocre, mass-produced products that satisfied an earlier generation, and equally wary of high-priced items that have snob appeal but not necessarily quality, these Americans demand excellence in every aspect of their lives. This book treats these quality-obsessed consumers to a serendipitous survey of the useful, whimsical, and fantasy-provoking that entertains even as it informs. In 97 short essays, the author describes and discusses the merits of each item. A fun book. Does have some highlighting, but is from a smoke-free home.