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Customer Review

March 16, 2011
Consumer Republic By Bruce Philp is a consumer must-buy. This book is interesting, funny, easy to read and understand. The thrust of the book is that we can all make a difference by being mindful of what we purchase. The three rules - buy less, buy better and take care of what you buy are good strong common sense ideas. Something we can all get behind and practice. I think this book should be bed time reading for families or perhaps used in our public school curriculum. It is hopeful, funny, well-informed and constructive. Above all,it does not preach or scold as so many books of social criticism do these days. I particularly liked the way he weaves the thinking of Buddha, Ruskin and William Morris to persuade us that we shouldn't have anything in the house that isn't useful or beautiful. The take-away is that we should make our consumption count for something, like casting a ballot.
(I was trying to find the book just now and found my 13 year old had it by her bedside!)
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