The Sneaker Book

The Sneaker Book : Anatomy of an Industry and an Icon

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The Sneaker Book is an entertaining, informative look at this fascinating, $II-billion-a-year industry. How (and by whom) are sneakers made? Where does your money go when you buy a pair? Who are the companies behind the logos? Why is Nike heralded by economists and lampooned by Doonesbury? Jammed Full of facts, figures, cartoons by Garry Trudeau and Mark Alan Stamaty, and literary excerpts about sneakers from Tom Wolfe, Paul Beatty, Leslie Savan, Spike Lee, Ray Bradbury, and many more, The Sneaker Book swooshes past the hype, puts the numbers on the table, and takes a fresh look at familiar - if unexamined - footwear.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 175.26 x 175.26 x 12.7mm | 258.55g
  • The New Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1565844068
  • 9781565844063
  • 1,780,076

About Tom Vanderbilt

Tom Vanderbilt is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Nation, Los Angeles Times, New York Times Magazine, Village Voice, and The Baffler. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.show more

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"What brilliant fun and insight this book provides--a friendly, provocative sketch of the neo-imperial sneaker and how its powers of fantasy conquered hearts and minds, then the world." --William Greider, author of One World, Ready or Not "While Tom Vanderbilt is always funny, iconoclastic, and penetrating, The Sneaker Book is no laughing matter. In this harrowing sprint around the global track of corporate capital, Vanderbilt reveals a world of exploitation, greed, and insanity Charles Dickens himself could not have dreamed up." --Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Yo' Mama's Dis Funktional!show more
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