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    Description"Mitford's funny and unforgiving book is the best memento mori we are likely to get. It should be updated and reissued each decade for our spiritual health."--"The New York Review of Books" Only the scathing wit and searching intelligence of Jessica Mitford could turn an expose of the American funeral industry into a book that is at once deadly serious and side-splittingly funny. When first published in 1963 this landmark of investigative journalism became a runaway bestseller and resulted in legislation to protect grieving families from the unscrupulous sales practices of those in "the dismal trade." Just before her death in 1996, Mitford thoroughly revised and updated her classic study. The American Way of Death Revisited confronts new trends, including the success of the profession's lobbyists in Washington, inflated cremation costs, the telemarketing of pay-in-advance graves, and the effects of monopolies in a death-care industry now dominated by multinational corporations. With its hard-nosed consumer activism and a satiric vision out of Evelyn Waugh's novel The Loved One, The American Way of Death Revisited will not fail to inform, delight, and disturb. "Brilliant--hilarious--A must-read for anyone planning to throw a funeral in their lifetime."--"New York Post" "Witty and penetrating--it speaks the truth."--"The Washington Post"


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    Title
    American Way of Death Revisited
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jessica Mitford
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 296
    Width: 132 mm
    Height: 201 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780679771869
    ISBN 10: 0679771867
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27440
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.0
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    BIC subject category V2: JP
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: JH
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
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    Libri: I-SO
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    Ingram Theme: TOPC/DEATH
    BISAC V2.8: SOC005000, SOC036000
    B&T Approval Code: A33800000, A31630000
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    DC21: 614.60973
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    DC22: 338.47363750, 338.4/736375/0973
    LC classification: HD9999.U53 U554 2000
    Thema V1.0: JP, JH, MQZ
    Edition statement
    New ed of 2 Revised ed
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Vintage Books
    Publication date
    17 August 2000
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Jessica Mitford--of the notorious Mitford clan--was one of the most celebrated muckraking journalists of our time. Among her books are "Daughters and Rebels, The Trial of Dr. Spock, " and "Poison Penmanship: The Gentle Art of Muckraking." Until her death in 1996, she lived in Oakland, California, with her husband, the labor lawyer Robert Treuhaft. "From the Hardcover edition."
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    "Mitford's funny and unforgiving book is the best memento mori we are likely to get. It should be updated and reissued each decade for our spiritual health."--"The New York Review of Books Only the scathing wit and searching intelligence of Jessica Mitford could turn an expose of the American funeral industry into a book that is at once deadly serious and side-splittingly funny. When first published in 1963 this landmark of investigative journalism became a runaway bestseller and resulted in legislation to protect grieving families from the unscrupulous sales practices of those in "the dismal trade." Just before her death in 1996, Mitford thoroughly revised and updated her classic study. The American Way of Death Revisited confronts new trends, including the success of the profession's lobbyists in Washington, inflated cremation costs, the telemarketing of pay-in-advance graves, and the effects of monopolies in a death-care industry now dominated by multinational corporations. With its hard-nosed consumer activism and a satiric vision out of Evelyn Waugh's novel The Loved One, The American Way of Death Revisited will not fail to inform, delight, and disturb. "Brilliant--hilarious--A must-read for anyone planning to throw a funeral in their lifetime."--"New York Post "Witty and penetrating--it speaks the truth."--"The Washington Post