To create a balanced evaluation of the ways in which Wal-Mart, the world's largest retail company and employer, affects everyday life on national and global levels, award-winning journalist (and senior editor at Fast Company
) Charles Fishman compiled statistics and personal stories from employees, suppliers, and even founders. Curious about how the Wal-Mart obsession with low prices affects the economy? No better place to start than here: the Denver Post
applauded this book for its "evenhanded treatment" and depth of research, BusinessWeek
calls it "well-written and insightful," and it was shortlisted for the Financial Times
' Business Book of the Year for 2006.