The Travels of A T-Shirt in the Global Economy
An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade
By Pietra Rivoli
(John Wiley & Sons, Paperback, 9780470039205, 258pp.)
Publication Date: June 2006
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"Engrossing . . . (Rivoli) goes wherever the T-shirt goes, and there are surprises around every corner . . . full of memorable characters and vivid scenes."
"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."
"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."
"[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 andevenhanded 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"