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American Way of Death Revisited : Vintage - Jessica Mitford

American Way of Death Revisited


Paperback Published: 1st January 2000
ISBN: 9780679771869
Number Of Pages: 296

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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.

"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"

"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"

Editor's Note
Not Sellingp. 3
The American Way of Deathp. 14
The Funeral Transactionp. 20
The Artifactsp. 34
The Story of Servicep. 41
The Rationalep. 54
The Allied Industriesp. 70
God's Little Million-Dollar Acrep. 81
Shroudland Revisitedp. 101
Cremationp. 111
What the Public Wantsp. 123
Fashions in Funeralsp. 138
The Newest Professionp. 150
The Nosy Clergyp. 163
The Federal Trade Commissionp. 176
A Global Village of the Deadp. 188
Funerals in England Then and Nowp. 206
Press and Protestp. 237
Pay Now - Die Poorerp. 256
New Hope for the Deadp. 270
Directory of Not-for-Profit Funeral and Memorial Societiesp. 275
Indexp. 289
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780679771869
ISBN-10: 0679771867
Series: Vintage
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 2