Beta Male: Four Friends, Three Assumed Identities, Two Weddings and One Very Dangerous Bet

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Overlook, Dec 28, 2010 - Fiction - 196 pages
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When Joe Bennett bought a six-pack of underwear in his local supermarket for $5.60, he wondered who on earth could be making any money, let alone profit, from the exchange. How many processes and middlemen are involved? Where and how is the underwear made? And who decides on the absorbent qualities of the gusset?

Joe embarks on an odyssey to the new factory of the world, China, to trace his underwear back to their source. Along the way he discovers the extraordinarily balanced and intricate web of contacts and exchanges that makes global trade possible.

Funny, wise and insightful, it is a wonderful and timely picture of the developed worldıs dependence on China to make all the bits and pieces of our lives? everything from toothbrushes to overhead projectors and artificial kidneys.

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About the author (2010)

Iain Hollingshead is an author and journalist. His first novel –Twenty Something – was published in May 2006. His second, Beta Male, appeared in April 2010. He has also written three spin-off books for the BBC’s BAFTA-winning spy drama Spooks, and has edited five bestselling collections of unpublished letters to The Daily Telegraph in the Am I alone in thinking...? series. He also co-authored and produced a musical – Blair on Broadway – which ran for three weeks in a pub theatre before transferring to the West End. His journalism has appeared in a wide range of publications, from the Guardian to GQ, Grazia to The Sunday Times.Regular columns have included “Loose Ends”, in the Saturday Guardian, and “Friends”, a pastiche of the coalition government in The Sunday Telegraph.

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