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"
|Not Selling||p. 3|
|The American Way of Death||p. 14|
|The Funeral Transaction||p. 20|
|The Artifacts||p. 34|
|The Story of Service||p. 41|
|The Rationale||p. 54|
|The Allied Industries||p. 70|
|God's Little Million-Dollar Acre||p. 81|
|Shroudland Revisited||p. 101|
|What the Public Wants||p. 123|
|Fashions in Funerals||p. 138|
|The Newest Profession||p. 150|
|The Nosy Clergy||p. 163|
|The Federal Trade Commission||p. 176|
|A Global Village of the Dead||p. 188|
|Funerals in England Then and Now||p. 206|
|Press and Protest||p. 237|
|Pay Now - Die Poorer||p. 256|
|New Hope for the Dead||p. 270|
|Directory of Not-for-Profit Funeral and Memorial Societies||p. 275|
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Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 4th January 2000
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.2 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 2