It's Raining Books Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Interviews | September 2, 2014

Jill Owens: IMG David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview



David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
  1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The Bone Clocks

    David Mitchell 9781400065677

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$6.50
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Economics- General

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

by

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

ISBN13: 9780470039205
ISBN10: 0470039205
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $6.50!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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

Synopsis:

In The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, business professor Pietra Rivoli takes the reader on a fascinating around-the-world adventure to reveal the life story of her six-dollar T-shirt. Traveling from a West Texas cotton field to a Chinese factory, and from trade negotiations in Washington to a used clothing market in Africa, Rivoli examines international trade through the life story of this simple product. Combining a compelling story with substantive scholarship, Rivoli shows that both globalization's critics and its cheerleaders have oversimplified the world of international trade.

As Rivoli spoke with businesspeople around the world who played a part in her T-shirt's life, she was forced to confront her own assumptions about the political, economic, and ethical effects of globalization. Trained as a classical economist, Rivoli expected the story of her T-shirt to reveal the undeniable benefits of global free trade and the misguided ideas of the anti-globalization movement. Instead, she found that "free markets" usually aren't free; that even the staunchest allies of free trade regularly benefit from its restriction; and that the alleged "victims" of globalization are often its greatest beneficiaries. While the globalization debate remains centered on the perils versus the promise of competitive economic markets, Rivoli finds that the life story of her T-shirt turns as much on power and politics as it does on markets.

The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy uses a simple T-shirt to reveal the politics and the human side of the globalization debate. Within the fabric of every product are fascinating

businesses, good and bad politics, revealing histories, and especially the hopes and dreams of real people. These people's stories—and the story of the T-shirt that ties them together—present the most nuanced look yet at the economics and politics of globalization.

Synopsis:

Lauded by the New York Times, Financial Times, and reviewers worldwide, this enlightening book has been the recipient of numerous awards. The story takes readers on a fascinating, around-the-world journey to reveal economic and political lessons from the life story of a simple t-shirt. Looking closely at the lives of Texas cotton farmers, Chinese textile workers, and other players in the t-shirt's story, Rivoli illustrates crucial lessons in the globalization debate, including its costs for communities around the world. This edition includes a new epilogue.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Prologue.

PART I:  KING COTTON.

Chapter 1. Reinsch Cotton Farm, Smyer, Texas.

Chapter 2. The History of American Cotton.

Chapter 3. Back at the Reinsch Farm.

PART II: MADE IN CHINA.

Chapter 4. Cotton Comes to China.

Chapter 5. The Long Race to The Bottom.

Chapter 6. Sisters in Time.

PART III: TROUBLE AT THE BORDER.

Chapter 7. Dogs Snarling Together.

Chapter 8. Perverse Effects and Unintended.

Consequences of T-Shirt Trade Policy.

Chapter 9. 40 Years of "Temporary" Protectionism.

PART IV: MY T-SHIRT FINALLY ENCOUNTERS A FREE MARKET.

Chapter 10. Where T-Shirts Go after the Salvation Army Bin.

Chapter 11. How Small Entrepreneurs Clothe East Africa with Old American T-Shirts.

Conclusion.

Epilogue to the Paperback Edition.

Acknowledgments.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

Cathy from Olympia, Washington, February 14, 2007 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
Ever since I read a short article about the book and author in University of Florida's alumni magazine, I planned to read the book. I did! But I kept pushing it aside and read quick fiction books instead. I finally began reading it this last week. Much to my surprise and delight, I REALLY enjoyed it! I generally do not read non-fiction, but found Travels to be quite interesting, in particular the section on the humble cotton boll and plant and all of it's uses. (To share just one "nugget" of information from the book, apparently Frito-Lay is the biggest buyer in the world of cottonseed oil...). I also had absolutely no idea of the world politics behind cotton and textiles (you'll have to read for yourself-- it's quite convoluted and complex). Anyway, I highly recommend Travels. It is informative, thought-provoking, and interesting, and well worth your time to sit down and read.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(2 of 5 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470039205
Subtitle:
An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade
Author:
Rivoli, Pietra
Publisher:
Wiley
Subject:
International economic relations
Subject:
Exports & Imports
Subject:
Free trade
Subject:
International marketing
Subject:
Industries - Textile Industry
Subject:
Industries - Fashion & Textile Industry
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Economics - International
Subject:
International Economics & Trade
Copyright:
Publication Date:
June 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.80x6.72x.91 in. .76 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. A Splendid Exchange: How Trade... Used Hardcover $8.95
  2. Hitler Para 1000 Anos New Trade Paper $12.75
  3. The Wind of the Hundred Days: How... Used Hardcover $6.50
  4. The End of Poverty: Economic...
    Used Trade Paper $10.00
  5. How to Change the World: Social... Used Trade Paper $7.95
  6. Fundamentals of Soil (Routledge... New Trade Paper $72.50

Related Subjects

Business » General
Business » Import and Export
Business » Marketing
History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Economics » Global Economics
History and Social Science » Politics » General

The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$6.50 In Stock
Product details 256 pages John Wiley & Sons - English 9780470039205 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, business professor Pietra Rivoli takes the reader on a fascinating around-the-world adventure to reveal the life story of her six-dollar T-shirt. Traveling from a West Texas cotton field to a Chinese factory, and from trade negotiations in Washington to a used clothing market in Africa, Rivoli examines international trade through the life story of this simple product. Combining a compelling story with substantive scholarship, Rivoli shows that both globalization's critics and its cheerleaders have oversimplified the world of international trade.

As Rivoli spoke with businesspeople around the world who played a part in her T-shirt's life, she was forced to confront her own assumptions about the political, economic, and ethical effects of globalization. Trained as a classical economist, Rivoli expected the story of her T-shirt to reveal the undeniable benefits of global free trade and the misguided ideas of the anti-globalization movement. Instead, she found that "free markets" usually aren't free; that even the staunchest allies of free trade regularly benefit from its restriction; and that the alleged "victims" of globalization are often its greatest beneficiaries. While the globalization debate remains centered on the perils versus the promise of competitive economic markets, Rivoli finds that the life story of her T-shirt turns as much on power and politics as it does on markets.

The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy uses a simple T-shirt to reveal the politics and the human side of the globalization debate. Within the fabric of every product are fascinating

businesses, good and bad politics, revealing histories, and especially the hopes and dreams of real people. These people's stories—and the story of the T-shirt that ties them together—present the most nuanced look yet at the economics and politics of globalization.

"Synopsis" by , Lauded by the New York Times, Financial Times, and reviewers worldwide, this enlightening book has been the recipient of numerous awards. The story takes readers on a fascinating, around-the-world journey to reveal economic and political lessons from the life story of a simple t-shirt. Looking closely at the lives of Texas cotton farmers, Chinese textile workers, and other players in the t-shirt's story, Rivoli illustrates crucial lessons in the globalization debate, including its costs for communities around the world. This edition includes a new epilogue.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.