This history of the "humble fiber" that is cotton shed a new light on the denim jeans and cool cotton clothing we all take for granted. It's too bad the author couldn't stick to the facts; I thought his political bias intruded noticeably toward the end of the book. He also tended to go off on tangents instead of keeping with the main storyline, but it's still a worthwhile read.
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This book was a stem-winder. It was frightfully fixated on some areas and quite lazy in its coverage of others. It focused much on the writer's hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts and on the Boston Associates, but it summarized the postwar South in terms that really understated its horror and repeated the now rejected old saws about the South's massive corruption at the hands of the Reconstruction authorities. It was picaresque in its colorful writing, but it was not altogether trustworthy in its characterizations or facts.