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

The largest company in the world by far, Wal-Mart takes in revenues in excess of 0 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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  • TastyBabySyndrome "T(to the)B(to the)S" says:
    5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Price SmackDown, March 1, 2010
    TastyBabySyndrome “T(to the)B(to the)S” (“Daddy Dagon’s Daycare” – Proud Sponsor of the Little Tendril Baseball Team, USA) –
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    Wal-Mart is a frightening concept just on a power scale. When you think of how much sway one chain can have over the economy and over law, people, and so amny other things – its scary. That’s one of the things that this book points out and points out well. It takes time to show you how Wally World grew into the thiong that it is, asks you what yout hink about it, and then asks you what laws – if any – you see shattered in its wake. I personally like that because I personally find Wal-Mart interesting; I always wonder how anti-trust laws and monopoly standards never impact this beast.
    Really, what competes with it?

    The only thing I hold against this book is that it does preach a little as it goes along. It has a point that it wants to make and it opts to make it – regardless of just how it is going to make it. In some ways that bothers me because i do not like the chopping block approach – i think an argument can be made against Wal-Mart without lifting a fist and screaming to the heavens. Maybe that’s me but, in a lot of ways, not doing something to level the playing field seems wrong.

    Did i like the book? Yes, I did. i liked it alot, enjoyed the read, and I learned. Some of the knowing was swayed and jaded, mind you, but that is the way of things. Besides, it is hard to defend the thing that showcases a smiley face on an advertisement and buries companies with the other side of its fist. There is a lot to be learned here, however, an one of the things is how much blame the consumer has to carry. The book points out many things, but this little piece of information, pointing toward that shattered look toward self, is interesting. It makes one wonder just how often Wal-Mart is cursed in towns but how little these towns look at the business and see how they built it up.

    A good read – jaded as it is.

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  • twinkle twinkle says:
    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    the BEST book about Wal-Mart for anyone—not just those concerned about the giant, June 1, 2008
    twinkle twinkle (GA United States) –

    This review is from: Wal-Mart: The Bully of Bentonville: How the High Cost of Everyday Low Prices is Hurting America (Paperback)

    I did a rather intense research project on Wal-Mart during my senior year as a Political Science major a few years back and I read just about every Wal-Mart book out there! I saw documentaries and read transcripts, etc. It became a little close to being an obsession of mine. Not to discount the other books out there on the topic of Wal-Mart—-there are so many great ones that specifically address sexism (Featherstone did an awesome one!!!) or impact on the community or overall effect on economics, etc—-but this book is the best one to cover the topic of Wal-Mart. The reasons I name this as the first book when someone learns of my interest in the area are: 1) the book is really an easy read for anyone, you don’t need to be a scholar, an activist, or even really interested in the subject matter to really get into this book 2) it’s not preachy or condescending (so it’s a great converter for those who think Wal-Mart is the best thing ever) but still gets a point across 3) it isn’t just about Wal-Mart but it is about how we in America specifically shop—-how our stores (grocery, department, etc) come to be and how they were in the past.

    When you read this you’ll want to read more and these two are really great (though there is soooo much great stuff out there).

    Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Worker’s Rights at Wal-Mart

    Wal-Mart: A Field Guide to America’s Largest Company and the World’s Largest Employer

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