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The True Cost of Low Prices

The True Cost of Low Prices
By Jeffrey Odell Korgen and Vincent A Gallagher
Retail Price $22.00
Amazon Price: $18.27

Book Description: 

Built upon the structure and content of the successful first edition (currently in its eighth printing), this second edition of The True Cost of Low Prices: The Violence of Globalization examines the effects of globalization on the earth s poorest and most vulnerable people within the context of scripture and church teaching. The text engages the reader with stories of the women, men, and children living in poverty who have experienced both the promise of the global economy and its troubling outcomes.The nine thematic chapters begin with a story of a person affected by a particular dimension of the violence of globalization. That is followed by a description of the signs of the times, including the topic s relationship to low prices, and then by what the church teaches, utilizing the Catechism, the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, papal encyclicals, the documents of Vatican II, and the statements of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Each chapter concludes with signs of hope, descriptions of groups and strategies that make a difference. Each chapter also includes discussion questions and suggestions for making a difference.


I must say that this book made me think outside of the box and beyond my normal belief system.  It is really a scholarly work, making it a bit difficult to read, but if you are well versed on the topic, it won’t be an issue.  If you are not well-versed in globalization, then you will want to take it slow with this book so you have time to digest the information.  The author takes a look at real-world practice and gives you both sides of the story to modern day slavery that help to keep prices low.  It was a real eye opener to me.  I really didn’t understand how some of the items I purchase are a result other people’s mistreatment.  It was just the catalyst I needed to search out fair trade options for my purchases.

~Reviewed by David H.

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