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Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price [Paperback]

By Greg Spotts & Robert Greenwald (Introduction by)
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In this fast-paced companion book to Robert Greenwald's explosive documentary Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, author Greg Spotts takes you behind the scenes of the making of this controversial film and the grass-roots pressure campaign challenging one of the world's largest and most powerful companies.

The story of a wide-ranging investigation that was kept secret from its target, this book describes Greenwald and his crew on a nine-month journey filled with breakthrough moments and unexpected challenges. Given unlimited access to the filmmakers, Spotts reveals the new tactics and technologies that are revolutionizing political filmmaking, offering inspiration for aspiring filmmakers and activists.

Director Robert Greenwald shares his filmmaking goals in an exclusive introduction. Revealing behind-the-scenes photographs and stills from the film "Filmmaker's Toolbox" sidebars provide inside knowledge on how to make and market a political documentary.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.75" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2005
Publisher   The Disinformation Company
ISBN  1932857249  
ISBN13  9781932857245  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Greg Spotts serves on the Santa Monica Arts Commission. He is the director of the film American Jobs, a documentary looking at the loss of blue and white collar jobs to global sourcing.

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1Books > Subjects > Business & Investing > General
2Books > Subjects > Business & Investing > Industries & Professions > Retailing
3Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > 20th Century > General
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5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Current Events > Conspiracy Theories

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Stroking the ego  Jan 30, 2008
Unfortunately this book was a waste of money & as a piece of literature a distinct waste of time & effort. Little wonder it was brand new & $3.99.
We were trying to do unbiased research on the WalMart effect but of all the books we bought & reviewed this particular book was very disappointing and lacked any substance.
It was no more than a stroke the poor film-makers ego and why it was necessary to infiltrate WalMart with an 'embedded employee' with significant bias to "reveal" how tough it is to work for a living at the bottom of the employment food chain. They admit it was difficult to find current employees willing to talk out about the perceived 'evils of the anti-Union employee enslaving company'. You will always find the disgruntled ex employee whom of course they admitted exploiting to the limit. Any service industry employment that low on the social pay scale is nothing but self imposed slavery regardless of who the 'company' is.
I could go on but it would be a waste of time as was the time spent struggling to finish reading this book.
The documentary of the documentary  Dec 21, 2007
First of all, I don't have an agenda regarding Walmart. I'm not a fan, and I avoid shopping at Walmart when I can. Living in a small town, sometimes Walmart is the only option when an item is needed immediately.

Some casual browsers may be confused by the cover of this is NOT about Walmart, rather it's primary purpose is detailing the making of the film/DVD "Wal*Mart - The High Cost of Low Prices".

After the first few pages of the book, it becomes quite obvious that Greg Spots (the book's author) is an enthusiastic fan of film director Robert Greenwald. Nearly every page celebrates the director in some way. The book is interesting in that it explains how an "attack film" can be constructed, but ends up sounding like a "fan-zine". I have not seen the film, but there is zero effort on behalf of the director and producers to present a balance in their research and reporting.

The "Walmart-haters" might find some value in sifting through these 220 pages, but I think most readers will grow bored rather quickly.

At the time of this review, the best "used" price on this site was 39-cents...maybe even cheaper at Walmart!
Not What I Expected  Jan 17, 2007
I learned of the subject matter through my brother, who advised me that I "had to" learn about this information. I went to this site to buy the book, admittedly not scanning the reviews first. Big mistake. This book involves a behind the scenes at the "making of" the documentary film. It does not discuss with any great detail the issues or criticisms of Walmart, which is what I was really looking to know. As anxious as I was to receive and read the book, I am disappointed now. If anyone is interested in these issues, it would be my advice to get and watch the film---do not buy this book.
The making of the film - with unlimited access to the filmmakers  Mar 18, 2006
This companion to Robert Greenwald's documentary WAL-MART: THE HIGH COST OF LOW PRICE provides a behind-the-scenes focus on both the making of the film and the grass-roots pressure campaign challenging the world's biggest business. Greenwald and his crew went on a nine-month underground investigation kept secret from Wal-Mart as they put together their film: Spotts received unlimited access to the filmmakers and reveals their tactics, objectives, and how political filmmaking is changing businesses and the film world alike. It's hard to easily categorize this book - it could just as easily have been featured in our film column - but businesses shouldn't miss the discussion of the film methods and focus, which hold wide-reaching implications for future political film surveys of business inner circles.
Fantastic Insider's Look at the Top Doc of 2005  Dec 24, 2005
Wow - what a great window into the new docs that seem to be springing up like mushrooms in response to the political and social issues of the day. Along with Michael Moore, there's no doubt that Robert Greenwald is the leading director in the genre and this book provides a fascinating insider's account of his process, both on the making of the film and the making of the grass roots campaign promoting it and the larger effort to push Wal-Mart to change its business practices. Top Marks - Highly Recommended!

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