An All-Consuming Century: Why Commercialism Won in Modern America by Gary Cross
Columbia University Press | April 15, 2002 | English | ISBN: 0231113137, 0231113129 | 352 pages | PDF | 1 MB
The unqualified victory of consumerism in America was not a foregone conclusion. The United States has traditionally been the home of the most aggressive and often thoughtful criticism of consumption, including Puritanism, Prohibition, the simplicity movement, the '60s hippies, and the consumer rights movement. But at the dawn of the twenty-first century, not only has American consumerism triumphed, there isn't even an "ism" left to challenge it.