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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (845 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pietra Rivoli Narrator: Eliza Foss Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781436182904
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Pietra Rivoli is an economics professor at Georgetown University, where the question "Who made your T-shirt?" set her on a quest. On her journey she found that globalization is just as much about history and politics as it is about economics. Download and start listening now!

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  • By telling the human tales beneath the economics and politics of globalization, Rivoli offers a timely, compelling and relevant story. Soundview Executive Book Summaries

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa | 2/18/2014

    " A little more than I wanted to know about the cotton industry, but overall a good idea with a good writing style. It's definitely a supply chain book and not a light read. After about six chapters on the history of the cotton industry, I lost interest and don't plan to finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/16/2014

    " A very interesting look at globablization through the eyes of a t-shirt. It reminds me a bit of The Ominvore's Dilemma for the world market. My students read excerpts from it for Gegography, and they really enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holmes | 2/3/2014

    " It's an interesting idea to follow a T-shirt from its birth to its death (or reincarnation in some cases). One discovers that there is so much more than just market forces at work - politics mainly. The old arguments of free trade versus protectionism now sound so inadequate, once you realize that the intricacies in the manufacture and transportation of T-shirts are full of twists and surprises. The most interesting, and largely unknown, story is the mitumba, the bundles of used clothing cast off by Americans and sent to Africa. It's wonderful to read how castoffs actually live a second (and even more interesting) life in vibrant African markets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ketu | 1/29/2014

    " So far so good. I'm still reading this book. Once I finish I put my review online "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex Jonas | 1/28/2014

    " Loved this book. The author uses the book to follow one of her t-shirts from the time time the cotton was grown to the the time she purchased it, and all the steps it went through in between. She uses the story to address some very interesting ascpects of the global economy like government subsidies, free trade (and the lack thereof), technology, human rights issues, etc. The best part is that she does this in what seems to me to be a very fair and balanced way. She examines both the positive and negative aspects that all of these things have on the people and countries involved in the process. I'd recomment this to anyone interested in business, international relations, public policy, and good non-fiction books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 1/28/2014

    " In honor of opening a call center in another country, I want to explore a little more into global economy and that side of business "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phil Fox | 1/26/2014

    " An honest macro level overview of the market forces affecting a specific industry in the textile trade. The author keeps it completely academic and does not attempt to make an argument either way. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 1/9/2014

    " Required reading for my Global Institutions and Environments class. Not exactly titillating yet, but I'm hoping it will be interesting (the book AND the class). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gayle | 12/27/2013

    " Interesting and informative - the writer follows the typical life of one t-shirt made today and describes the economic and socio-political implications of globalization. Includes some very funny moments, but does drag at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 11/12/2013

    " A really good look at the truth behind the global economy. Totally different from what I expected. Everyone should read this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Trup | 10/24/2013

    " Great book that follows a T-shoirt economically from cotton in the USA to India, China, back to the USA as new product, then to charity shops and onto Africa as used clothing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Todoroff | 10/20/2013

    " Very interesting look at the textile industry in across the globe and a well-researched exploration of protectionism, free trade, an bureaucracy in the united states. I hope the author will come out with a sequel soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Keelan | 7/12/2013

    " If you want to understand the world economy in 200 pages or less this is the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 7/6/2013

    " Thought it'd give more insight into the economics of globalism, but ended up with more knowledge about cotton production than I ever really cared to know about. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cate | 2/2/2013

    " Recommended by Planet Money. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 11/1/2012

    " A good explanation of international trade and globalization using an interesting cse study. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 8/16/2012

    " I love knowing the history of my t-shirt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 5/31/2012

    " so interesting...I had know idea how t-shirts got to market and what happened after we all clean out our closets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 12/30/2011

    " Very interesting look at the debate on globalization. The author follows her t-shirt around the world to find out how international trade and markets (or protection from the markets) impact prices and jobs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tram Nguyen | 12/13/2011

    " Ko thik quyen nay >.< Tinh ke chuyen nhieu qua', chang lap luan may :(. Doc buon ngu @.@ "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 6/11/2011

    " This book travels from from Texas cotton farms to Chinese spinning and sewing factories to Tanzanian market stalls. In addition, Rivoli travels back in time, giving historical context that creates a complete case study of how globalization is changing lives around the world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl | 4/30/2011

    " Examines every aspect and explores the interrelationships. Has some really good parts. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 4/21/2011

    " whats more amazing than the account of [insert title here] is the historic account of progressive labor policies (or lack there of) since the industrial revolution. this book provides an examination of the ongoing debate of free trade vs fair trade, through the (insert title here, again). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 3/31/2011

    " In the end I was often bored and I didn't find the anecdotal version of economic theory to be very compelling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Spencer | 2/23/2011

    " interesting, but painfully repetitive. the entire book could be halved and divided into four chapters: american cotton, chinese manufacturing, u.s. trade policy, african mitumbo. it's cool to see the lifecycle of a shirt, but next time, try it in 150 pages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carvas | 2/22/2011

    " Simple explanation how the global economy and the "free market" works.
    Great book, opens the mind, make us think "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa | 1/24/2011

    " A little more than I wanted to know about the cotton industry, but overall a good idea with a good writing style. It's definitely a supply chain book and not a light read. After about six chapters on the history of the cotton industry, I lost interest and don't plan to finish the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason | 12/30/2010

    " Thought it'd give more insight into the economics of globalism, but ended up with more knowledge about cotton production than I ever really cared to know about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 12/10/2010

    " A good explanation of international trade and globalization using an interesting cse study. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chrystal | 11/3/2010

    " This book was a very slow read to me, but I guess if you're into that stuff you'll be ok "

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About the Author

Pietra Rivoli, PhD, is a professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where she specializes in international business, finance, and social issues in business. She is the author of the award-winning book The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

About the Narrator

Eliza Foss is an actress who has appeared in numerous theaters in New York City and around the country. She has narrated over thirty books and short stories, been featured in AudioFile magazine, and won five AudioFile Earphones Awards for her narrations.