The American Way of Death Revisited
"Mitford's funny and unforgiving book is the best memento mori we are likely to get. It should be updated and reissued each decade for our spiritual health."--The New York Review of Books
Only the scathing wit and searching intelligence of Jessica Mitford could turn an exposé of the American funeral industry into a book that is at once deadly serious and side-splittingly funny. When first published in 1963 this landmark of investigative journalism became a runaway bestseller and resulted in legislation to protect grieving families from the unscrupulous sales practices of those in "the dismal trade."
Just before her death in 1996, Mitford thoroughly revised and updated her classic study. The American Way of Death Revisited confronts new trends, including the success of the profession's lobbyists in Washington, inflated cremation costs, the telemarketing of pay-in-advance graves, and the effects of monopolies in a death-care industry now dominated by multinational corporations. With its hard-nosed consumer activism and a satiric vision out of Evelyn Waugh's novel The Loved One, The American Way of Death Revisited will not fail to inform, delight, and disturb.
"Brilliant--hilarious--A must-read for anyone planning to throw a funeral in their lifetime."--New York Post
"Witty and penetrating--it speaks the truth."--The Washington Post
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: The American Way of DeathUser Review - Kate - Goodreads
Mitford is a wonderful writer and the subject matter is fascinating. Everyone should read some version of this book. Have to read the update next. Read full review
Review: The American Way of Death RevisitedUser Review - Kelly Stacey - Goodreads
Even though this book was initially published the year I was born, I found it to be still relevant and a fascinating read. It once again strengthens my beliefs that the bottom line is always going to ... Read full review