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American Consumerism

Guests: Daniel Harris Author, Cute, Quaint, Hungry and Romantic: The Aesthetics of Consumerism (Basic Books, 2000) Gary Cross Author, An All-Consuming Century:Why Commercialism Won in Modern America (Columbia University Press, 2000) Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University The United States has traditionally been home to some of the most aggressive and qualified shoppers in the world. More than any other culture in the world, Americans are consumed with acquiring more and more stuff. But how did cars, clothes and so many other goods come to define American culture? Join Juan Williams and guests for a look at the culture of consumerism.

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