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Summary

A spirited and incisive survey of economic geography, A World Made for Money begins with the author stopped at a red light in Norman, Oklahoma. Observing the landscape of drugstores and banks, and for that matter the stoplight and roads themselves, Bret Wallach observes, "Everything I see has been built to make money" or, at the very least, to facilitate making money. This, he argues, is a global phenomenon that nonetheless has occurred only within the past hundred years or so.

A World Made for Money provides a compelling, condensed tour of our world. From Silicon Valley to Sri Lanka, from post-Soviet Russia to post-apartheid South Africa, Wallach looks at how human beings are buying, manufacturing, working, growing, and shipping food, and accessing the natural resources to fuel it all. These essential facets of daily life, propelled by the profit motive, represent a transnational force shaping our surroundings and environment in ways that may not always be beautiful (or even healthy) but that are fundamental to understanding how the world works in the 21st century. Wallach examines the relationship between acquisitiveness and landscape, reveals surprising contradictions and nuances, and provides fresh perspective on politically charged topics such as sprawl, deindustrialization, and agribusiness.

The book is published by University of Nebraska Press.

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Critic reviews

"Fascinating, memorable - a grand book." ( CHOICE)
"A compelling book, written by one of geography's most gifted writers." (Kent Mathewson, Louisiana State University)
"In this lively and energetic book Bret Wallach uncovers the forces that are changing the face of the earth - from Guangdong Province to Youngstown, Ohio -i n their restless search for money." (David Wishart, author of The Last Days of the Rainbelt)

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