The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 1, 2005 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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Praise for THE TRAVELS OF A T-SHIRT IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY

"Engrossing . . . (Rivoli) goes wherever the T-shirt goes, and there are surprises around every corner . . . full of memorable characters and vivid scenes."
Time

"An engaging and illuminating saga. . . . Rivoli follows her T-shirt along its route, but that is like saying that Melville follows his whale. . . . Her nuanced and fair-minded approach is all the more powerful for eschewing the pretense of ideological absolutism, and her telescopic look through a single industry has all the makings of an economics classic."
The New York Times

"Rarely is a business book so well written that one would gladly stay up all night to finish it. Pietra Rivoli's The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is just such a page-turner."
CIO magazine

"Succeeds admirably . . . T-shirts may not have changed the world, but their story is a useful account of how free trade and protectionism certainly have."
Financial Times

"[A] fascinating exploration of the history, economics, and politics of world trade . . . The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is a thought-provoking yarn that exhibits the ugly, the bad, and the good of globalization, and points to the unintended positive consequences of the clash between proponents and opponents of free trade."
Star-Telegram (Fort Worth)

"Part travelogue, part history, and part economics, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy is ALL storytelling, and in the grand style. A must-read."
—Peter J. Dougherty, Senior Economics Editor, Princeton University Press author of Who's Afraid of Adam Smith?

"A readable and evenhanded treatment of the complexities of free trade . . . As Rivoli repeatedly makes clear, there is absolutely nothing free about free trade except the slogan."
San Francisco Chronicle

 

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User Review  - carterchristian1 - LibraryThing

I fully agree with fellow reviewer Justintrapp. This covers the entire scope of global trade..outsourcing,the polititics of South Carolina who protects his textile industry, and at the end the effect of American clothes sold overseas on its improving fashions, men and women. A must read. Read full review

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User Review  - justindtapp - LibraryThing

Rivoli is an economist at Georgetown Univ. who decided to take up a sweatshop protester's challenge and find out where her t-shirt was made. What follows is a journey through the supply chain and an ... Read full review

Contents

An Economist Examines The Markets Power and Politics of World Trade PART I KING COTTON HOW AMERICA HAS DOMINATED THE GLO...
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An Economist Examines The Markets Power and Politics of World Trade PART II MADE IN CHINA
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An Economist Examines The Markets Power and Politics of World Trade PART III TROUBLE AT THE BORDER MY TSHIRT RETURNS TO AME...
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An Economist Examines The Markets Power and Politics of World Trade PART IV MY TSHIRT FINALLY ENCOUNTERS A FREE MARKET THE...
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An Economist Examines The Markets Power and Politics of World Trade CONCLUSION
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An Economist Examines The Markets Power and Politics of World Trade ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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An Economist Examines The Markets Power and Politics of World Trade BIBLIOGRAPHY
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An Economist Examines The Markets Power and Politics of World Trade NOTES
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An Economist Examines The Markets Power and Politics of World Trade INDEX
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Pietra Rivoli, PhD, is on the faculty of Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, where she specializes in international business, finance, and social issues in business.

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