The Wal-Mart Effect: How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works--and How It's Transforming the American Economy
The Wal-Mart Effect How the World's Most Powerful Company Really Works--and How It's Transforming the American Economy Author:Charles Fishman Wal-Mart isn't just the world's biggest company, it is probably the world's most written-about. But no book until this one has managed to penetrate its wall of silence or go beyond the usual polemics to analyze its actual effects on its customers, workers, and suppliers. Drawing on unprecedented interviews with former Wal-Mart executives and a w... more »ealth of staggering data (e.g., Americans spend $36 million an hour at Wal-Mart stores, and in 2004 its growth alone was bigger than the total revenue of 469 of the Fortune 500), The Wal-Mart Effect is an intimate look at a business that is dramatically reshaping our lives.« less
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An absolute must read. My favorite thing about it is that it's pretty objective overall; this book is neither pro Wal-mart nor anti Wal-mart. It tells the good along with the bad. It's extremely readable and everything was so interesting that I made it through this one pretty quickly. Whether you're an avid Wal-mart shopper, a Wal-mart hater or somewhere in between, this should really be on your wish list.