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The Waste Makers by Vance Packard

The Waste Makers by Vance Packard

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The Waste Makers

by Vance Packard

Pelican Books, 1970, ISBN 140205896, paperback

Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, age toned pages, no inscriptions (see photographs)

“The author of The Hidden Persuaders and The Status Seekers has again dug deep into the American level of culture and come up with some frightening finds from the age of over-production.  He presents for out inspection such ugly concepts as ‘planned obsolescence’, whereby (with the market nearing saturation) cars or furniture or washing machines are either made not to last or put out of fashion by the styling of next year’s model.  Aided by the startling candour of so many businessmen, he shows us an America stampeded into the stores by a hurricane of advertising and he warns us – if we need to be warned – that the cult of shoddy goods in exquisite taste is spreading to Europe.”


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