American Way of Death Revisited (Paperback)
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Short Description for American Way of Death Revisited This revised edition contains completely new chapters on prepayment and the new multinational corporations, as well as a look at the failure of the Federal Trade Commission to enforce laws the original edition of this book helped bring about.
- Published: 17 August 2000
- Format: Paperback 296 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780679771869 ISBN 10: 0679771867
- Sales rank: 156,797
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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"