This is a very thorough, well done, and balanced analysis. It looks at the good and bad, financial and human impact of Wal-mart. It will validate some of your assumptions, but also provide insight into a surprising side of a retail giant that touches all of our lives, even if you don't shop there (at least according to the book). I found it went quickly for a download of this size, largely because of the case study format.
As the summary of the book states, it's a rare look into the secretive workings of the world's largest retailer. If you've ever shopped at Wal-Mart, as you undoubtedly have, this book is a must. It tells the story of the store's humble beginnings to it's present day effect over global economy, for better or worse.
This book went beyond some of the propaganda and "documentaries" I have found out there, which was a plus. Not wanting to repeat what the other reviewers have stated (because I agree that the presentation is very balanced in its nature), I will simply say that I found the content close to perfect: little repetition in message, and compelling enough for me to listen to the entire audiobook. The author has given me enough information that I will continue to resist any temptation to shop at Walmart.
Like many people, I have a love/hate relationship with Walmart. The shopping experience is a chore, customer service is non existent most of the time, yet the prices are great. This book confirmed many of the things that I had thought including "lower prices may mean lower quality."
As a mother of three boys, I shop there for necessities, but now I'm wondering if the health of my family is worth it. Sure the bread is cheaper, but is it really bread?? Is it really healthy food for my kids or am I just feeding them the equivalent of cheap dog food. Something to ponder...
No matter how you feel about Walmart, you'll see how Walmart has changed our economy for the good and bad...Your eyes will be opened.... Interesting, educational, and even entertaining listen. Highly recommended.
I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I downloaded this book - another bashing of the largest corporation in the world, or a love fest. What I got from this read was a real world look at what Wal-Mart has done that's good, bad, and really scary from the standpoint of how many people are afraid to speak about their Wal-Mart experience from a supplier point of view. I definitely recommend this book to people who are interested in finding out how consumerism is changing the American landscape and things you might want to change about how you purchase goods and services.
The so called "even-handed" view of Wal-Mart given by the author is nothing more than a thinly veiled call for government regulation of America's largest companies, where Wal-Mart is, in this instance, painted as the leader of this power hungry, out-of-control pack. The early concessions about the good that Wal-Mart does are deliberately and repeatedly "refuted" by the constant reminders about the immense "costs" that Wal-Mart imposes on the world. It is quite clear that the author intended these concessions to make the book only ostensibly "even-handed". By the final chapter, however, this thin veil gives way to a diatribe, which at least honestly expresses the author's feelings, against the growing power of corporations in America and the need for regulation of these corporations. The author supports this rant with his personal, revisionist recount of business in America at the turn of the century when apparently America was nearly overrun by big business until government regulation saved us all.
The "analysis" in this book is a joke, and it wouldn't surpise me if the author had never sat through even one class of micro or macro economics. For anyone who has, it will be quickly apparent that this author has no idea how free markets work. He thinks he does, but doesn't. It's particularly amusing when he starts describing Wal-Mart as a dominant force that cannot be controlled, which is immune to makret forces, acting like some economic blackhole the gravity of which cannot be resisted, but then claims that Wal-Mart is in a state of decline, unable to relate to consumers like Target and Whole Foods does.
Save your money. Buy Economics in One Lesson. Hopefully, the author will.
Sometimes it repeated itself but other than that I thought it was a good book
Kept a pretty even take, remained as unbiased as possible, in my opinion
No, definitely not
Worth one listen
I found this book very interesting. It was able to strike a good balance of communicating information but using stories and examples to do it. It doesn't just bash Walmart but is thoughtfully researched and presented. I think many wonder about the impact of a company like Walmart and this helps answer that question. I found I had to answer the question for myself, "Should I shop at Walmart?". The book lets you be the judge. The one negative is that is about a decade old now.