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Where Underpants Come From

From Checkout to Cotton Field - Travels Through the New China

By Joe Bennett

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 06 May 2008
When Joe Bennett bought a five-pack of 'Made in China' underpants in his local New Zealand hypermarket for $8.59, he wondered who on earth could be making any money, let alone profit, from the exchange. How many processes and middlemen are involved? Where and how are the pants made? And who decides on the absorbent qualities of the gusset? WHERE UNDERPANTS COME FROMtells you all you need to know -- in fact, probably more -- about this mystery of global commerce. Leaving his supermarket trolley behind Joe embarks on an odyssey to the new factory of the world, China, to trace his pants back to their source. Along the way he discovers the extraordinarily balanced and intricate web of contacts and exchanges that makes global trade possible -- and rapidly elevating China to the status of world economic superpower. He also grapples with chopsticks, challenges his own prejudices and marvels at the contrasts in one of the world's oldest, but fastest changing, societies. Funny, wise and insightful, it is another wonderful journey from the author of A Land of Two Halvesand Mustn't Grumble.

About the Author

Joe Bennett was born in Brighton and since leaving Cambridge University has taught English in a variety of countries including Canada, Spain and New Zealand. He lives in Christchurch, New Zealand.

EAN: 9781847370013
ISBN: 1847370012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 x 0.1 centimetres (0.33 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Fran on
An excellent book! Quite amazing what goes into the making of a pair of Warehouse underpants. I enjoyed the travel through China, and saw some places which I never would have visited if I ever went to China.
A book which I have already recommended to others, and will do so again.
Andrew on
an exceptionally absorbing read with mixture of experiences that are common to us all, well me and joe anyway. a good read.

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