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Where Underpants Come From (Paperback)

Joe Bennett

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ISBN 13: 9781590203361
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
Paperback
Overlook
12/28/2010

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When Joe Bennett bought a six-pack of underwear in his local supermarket for $5.60, he wondered who on earth could be making any money, let alone profit, from the exchange. How many processes and middlemen are involved? Where and how is the underwear made? And who decides on the absorbent qualities of the gusset?


Joe embarks on an odyssey to the new factory of the world, China, to trace his underwear back to their source. Along the way he discovers the extraordinarily balanced and intricate web of contacts and exchanges that makes global trade possible.


Funny, wise and insightful, it is a wonderful and timely picture of the developed world’s dependence on China to make all the bits and pieces of our lives— everything from toothbrushes to overhead projectors and artificial kidneys.



Joe Bennett was educated at Brighton College and Cambridge University. After teaching English in a variety of countries he became a newspaper columnist and a writer of travel books.



Praise for Where Underpants Come From:


“Bennett’s education in the world of global commerce sparkles with humor and sharp observations.” --Publishers Weekly


“It’s a humorous journey in some ways, and Bennett is a very good and often funny writer. But it also becomes a very interesting a comment on how much the West has come to depend on the East…Every aspect of the book is riveting…Frightening, funny and fiercely interesting.” --January Magazine


“Much more than an intrepid investigator reporting how his underpants found their way to his body, Bennett is a delightful guide on an off-the-beaten-track-tour of the New China… The good time he has on his adventures from one end of China to the other is infectious.” --ShelfAwareness


“If you read only one China book this year, make it Joe Bennett’s Where Underpants Come From. Bennett does witty travelogue better than Bill Bryson, and dissects what makes countries and their economies tick better than PJ O’Rourke did in Eat the Rich.” –Urbanatomy.com

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