My Photo

Media Inquiries

  • Contact Sarah Hutson
    Senior publicist, Penguin Press (212) 366-2826, email

Main | Now a National Bestseller »

Praise for "The Wal-Mart Effect"

The Denver Post
    " Wal-Mart book author has come close to achieving ‘superb,’ until now. Charles Fishman's just-published book, ‘The Wal-Mart Effect,’ is almost certainly the best yet, as measured by depth and breadth of research, writing style and evenhanded treatment."

USA Today
    "In discussing a company of such size, one would expect an analysis to be choked by numbers and statistics. Fishman, however, makes effective use of anecdotes to lend meaning to the barrage of sound bites we hear about Wal-Mart."

Business Week: (four stars)
     "...well-written and insightful. ... Although the folks in Bentonville won't like it, The Wal-Mart Effect is not an anti-Wal-Mart screed."

The Baltimore Sun
    "...a fascinating dissection of the most controversial corporation in America today. ... illuminates the vast and complex impact the company has exerted economically and socially."

San Francisco Chronicle:
     "...highly readable, incisive, precise and even elegant..."

The Christian Science Monitor:
   "...clarity, compelling nuance, and refreshing objectivity.... Fishman explains how Wal-Mart appeals to pennypinchers but leaves many customers feeling conflicted, not cheered..." (review and excerpt)
     "a thoughtful, comprehensive examination of how those famous "everyday low prices" are changing the world."

US News & World Report:
     "...delves deeply into how the retail monolith shapes the economic life of the nation — while never flinching from how Wal-Mart 'mirrors our own energy, our sense of destiny, our appetite for bigness and variety and innovation.'..."

Publisher's Weekly:
     "...presents the case against Wal-Mart in arresting detail, and his carefully balanced approach only makes the downside of Wal-Mart's market dominance more vivid...Fishman puts readers inside the company's penny-pinching mindset and shows how Wal-Mart's mania to reduce prices has driven suppliers into bankruptcy and sent factory jobs overseas."

Jack Covert,
     "When I read a book ... I mark interesting pages with Post-It notes. ... This is a book that is bristling with Post-Its. ... Finding a neutral source - one that doesn't have an axe to grind or a publicity spin to present - for Wal-Mart information is difficult. This book is that neutral source. ...  I want to emphasize how important it is to read this book. This book is a must read for anyone interested in business."


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear on this weblog until the author has approved them.

If you have a TypeKey or TypePad account, please Sign In

Buy Book

Critics say...

    The Economist
  • 'SUPERB'
    Denver Post
    USA Today
    Baltimore Sun
    San Francisco Chronicle
    Business Week