How Walmart Is Destroying America (And the World): And What You Can Do about It

How Walmart Is Destroying America (And the World): And What You Can Do about It

by Bill Quinn

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307814760
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 12/12/2012
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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.

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How Walmart is Destroying America (and the World) and What You Can Do About It 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book articulated what I already instinctively knew was true. Walmart is truly destroying small town America. I live in a small town that has charming shops and many small local businesses. There is a Walmart 5 miles away and since it arrived, the businesses are closing one by one and taking with them the charm of the town. Every American should read this book.
Sovranty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read from a neutral standpoint, this book will come across poorly written and poorly referenced. The book projects a very gossipy vibe and seems nothing more than a retelling of third-party horror stories and negative-spin media articles. Additionally, the level of respect and authority is notched down every time Bill Quinn uses juvenile words and phrases like "blankety-blank", tell them "where to go", and "Hell."While unsavory practices may be happening within Wal-Mart, it is hard to determine the level or validity of "destruction" from this book, as little concrete evidence is present. Quinn seems to hold everything but the consumer responsible for Wal-Mart becoming the giant it is today. With this in mind, "What You Can Do About It" is not shop, supply, or support it.If you're looking for some good gossipy horror stories, this book will be right up your alley. If you're looking for numbers and facts, this might not be the book with which to start.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Books like these are what¿s the leading the campaign for collectivized health care and ¿the equal distribution of wealth¿ maybe Bill Quinn should put down the communist manifesto and pick up the wealth of nations. Every argument in this book against Wal-Mart is made with out even a basic understanding of economics and the fact that Wal-Mart Increases capital and production and makes more jobs than it could ever take away, and that mom and pop stores were dieing long before Wal-Mart came around. When Wal-Mart comes into to an new town you don't see an economic reccesion you see an economic boom. Wal-Mart does not have a monopoly on anything and it never will, and even if they had the capibility to create one the goverment would step and split up just like they've done in the past. Wal-Mart makes the lower class middle class, and it makes the middle class upper middle class.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know how they treat their employees, I work work there for now :-( Many others have been lucky enough to quit & get other jobs, my turn soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is big on anecdote and low on hard statistics, which is why it only gets 4 stars. But wow, those anecdotes! Even if every single sneaky thing WalMart's ever done is in this book, that's enough for me not to shop there. The truth about their 'low price' claims, how they really treat their employees, it's all here. (And I know how they treat their employees - my dad works there, and he loved this book, said it was 100% on the mark.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was growing up in the late Seventies and Early Eighties, a new store came to my hometown...WAL-Mart! I paid no attention to them, for we had so many other retailers, like: Woolco, McCrory, TG & Y, Globe Shopping City, Kroger Family Center, Gibson's, Hanshaw's,K-Mart, Klink's, F. W. Woolworth Co., Rexall Pharmacies and Kress, among numerous others, specialty crafts, fabric and boutique stores. Some immediately closed...Woolco (Woolworth's Superstore concept failed) and Gibson's and Kress closed down. Redemption stamp center stores, like Texas Gold, S & H Green Stamps, and Gold Bond also met their demise. Times were changing, as were shoppers, Or so it seemed... Who could have guessed that WAL-Mart's arrival in the ENTIRE region, would force every privately-owned and Chain store into a product monopolization and the catstrophic financial upheaval of the retail environment? Is the capitalization of America,if not to say, the entire World sufficient to satisfy a Billion Dollar retailer's HUNGER for the delusion of Retail in General? I wonder... But WE, as consumers are to blame, too, to a point, and we must accept this responsibility as our own..Seduced by low prices (although it remains to be seen in more competitive markets, nowadays), the populace that flock to the gargantuan, colorless boxes,that DO NOT provide any architectual aesthetic or pleasant skyline to ANY town they choose to occupy, must either choose TO or NOT TO shop and continue the voracious cycle of economic breakdown and monopolization of any town's stores! When will it be Enough??? When most towns are depleted of their Main street's former charm and attractive shopping districts, only to replaced by the pandering of sub-standard, cheaper goods, not fit to appreciate the individual recipients, who SO clearly work hard for and deserve BETTER? As a discriminating consumer, I am fortunate enough to know the difference between QUALITY and QUANTITY! Thank God for my upbringing and Common Sense! I don't even earn those Big Bucks yet, I DO , however have standards and Moral principles, something that GREEDY and DRIVEN Corporations may NEVER begin to grasp. The very ideals that this great country was founded on, in some ways, have obviously been allowed to become lax in their attitude to preserve and pass on to future generations... But it has to come from EACH and EVERY ONE of us, lest WE become as Mass-produced and colorless, as the irresponsible organization that exemplifies it SO VERY WELL! I can ONLY bid all diverse and distinctive specialty retailers the BEST of LUCK and imagination to provide what WAL-Mart CLEARLY cannot...Quality! How do I empathize this topic with such passion, you may ask? I have worked in Retail for over 15 years and BELIEVE ME when I say, WE'VE LOST A LOT!!! Too much!
Guest More than 1 year ago
But now after reading this book it really opened my eyes. This books is SHOCKING and very informative! Buy one for every one you know and spread the word! It gives facts from past employees which are amazing you won't believe it. I am a mom who loves to save money whenever I can but I can't bring myself to go back in Walmart after reading this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You'll be shocked at what you learn from this book. From the retailer's questionable business practices to what a big box can do to a small town. This book is a real eye opener. A great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book over looked a lot of things like walmarts huge charitable contributions (example-Wal-Mart Donates $6.6 Million in Holiday Grants to Hometown Charities November 26, 2003) the jobs and career opportunities it offers to employees, and the low prices it offers to it's customers have helped millions of families afford the necessities of life. Walmart is a success because it takes care of it's customers, no company can stay in business if it doesn't, including small independants. It fills a need.