Wal-Mart: The Bully of Bentonville: How the High Cost of Everyday Low Prices is Hurting America

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Crown Publishing Group, Mar 12, 2009 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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The largest company in the world by far, Wal-Mart takes in revenues in excess of $280 billion, employs 1.4 million American workers, and controls a large share of the business done by almost every U.S. consumer-product company. More than 138 million shoppers visit one of its 5,300 stores each week. But Wal-Mart’s “everyday low prices” come at a tremendous cost to workers, suppliers, competitors, and consumers.
The Bully of Bentonville exposes the zealous, secretive, small-town mentality that rules Wal-Mart and chronicles its far-reaching consequences. In a gripping, richly textured narrative, Anthony Bianco shows how Wal-Mart has driven down retail wages throughout the country, how their substandard pay and meager health-care policy and anti-union mentality have led to a large scales exploitation of workers, why their aggressive expansion inevitably puts locally owned stores out of business, and how their pricing policies have forced suppliers to outsource work and move thousands of jobs overseas.
Based on interviews with Wal-Mart employees, managers, executives, competitors, suppliers, customers, and community leaders, The Bully of Bentonville brings the truths about Wal-Mart into sharp focus.
 

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User Review  - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing

The author details the vision that Sam Walton brought to fruition, and who got hurt in the process. The true cost of cheap goods is indeed looked at, though there are many places where the author waffled his conclusions and stumbled before making the connections he needed to make. Read full review

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User Review  - shawnd - LibraryThing

Compelling and interesting and comprehensive. The author, a BusinessWeek editor, puts together all the stories and research about Wal-Mart and its deletory effects on our economy, culture, and labor ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER TWO THEY CALL ME MR SAM
17
CHEERLEADERINCHIEF
39
CHAPTER FOUR SO HELP THEM SAM
73
AMERICAS FIRST FAMILY OF DISCOUNTING
100
CHAPTER FIVE WALMARTS WAR AGAINST THE UNIONS 109
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CHAPTER SEVEN WALMARTS CHINA PRICE 171
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DOWN AND OUT IN JONOUIERE 227
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THE BELMONT SCHISM
255
WALMARTS PERMANENT AMPAIGN 291
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INDEX
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ANTHONY BIANCO has been a senior writer at BusinessWeek for twenty years and is the coauthor of the magazine's acclaimed cover story on Wal-Mart. He lives in New York City.


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