Must Read Book

Glickman, Lawrence, Consumer Society in American History: A Reader (1999).

Consumption has been a really difficult subject for a while now, and most academics have only been able to deal with it as something to critique--a sign of decline or "false consciousness," as we used to say. Glickman's book collects a wide range of essays that really invigorate the subject, mostly by linking consumption to notions of rights and citizenship. It serves as a very effective synthesis of work many people are doing, as an essay collection should, but it's on an especially vital subject.

Recommended by Michael O'Malley, George Mason University

Ph.D Berkeley 1988, author of Keeping Watch: A History of American Time, currently writing a book on the history of money.