Sceptre, 2001, Trade Paperback, Book Condition: Very Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket
"The Essence of Capitalism "is a timely account of globalization, the consumer culture, and the historical roots of our contemporary dilemmas. By tracking the 130-year history of Coca-Cola (and a number of other large American or transnational corporations), this book details all that is best, worst and most powerful about global capitalism.Using Coca-Cola's rise as a case study, here is the tale of how Coca-Cola employed marketing and business practices that enabled it to expand beyond its original market (that which a horse-drawn cart could cover in a day) to -today's massive corporate status. Through the use of the franchise, extreme quality control and powerful marketing, it shows how Coca-Cola--a company with virtually one product that nobody actually needs and that is, in its original sugar-laden form, plainly very bad for people--went from being a feel-good tonic in competition with more than a thousand other similar drinks to being the major market force for soft drinks.The book covers topics such as the creation of the idea of a corporation having the status of a person, how the money market works in the flow of capital, the effect of marketing and advertising on consumer tastes and how free trade really becomes oligopoly. By presenting a frightening set of examples, McQueen even joins the debate over what constitutes human nature when he demonstrates how corporations are creating a second nature by altering our needs, whether through the saturation of food with sweeteners or through genetic manipulation.Humphrey McQueen, an original and provocative thinker, features regularly as a commentator on Australian radio, and as a contributor to various newspapers and magazines. He is the author of more than a dozen books on subjects ranging through history, politics and the visual arts. 386 pages. Inscription to previous owner on inside cover. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Business,Finance,Economics::Economics; Business, Finance & Marketing; Australian. ISBN: 0733609406. ISBN/EAN: 9780733609404. Inventory No: 233892.