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The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America by Marc Levinson

Published By: New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Hill and Wang
ISBN: 978-0-8090-9543-8
Date of Publication: 2011


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Reviewed by: Shane Hamilton of University of Georgia
Review DOI: 10.1257/jel.50.3.791.r10
Review Pages: 818-19

Book Review Abstract

Shane Hamilton of University of Georgia reviews "The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America" by Marc Levinson. The EconLit abstract of the reviewed work begins: Explores the history of the A&P grocery chain and considers its influence in the modernization of the consumer economy. Discusses the verdict; the founder; the birth of the Great A&P; the grocer; the death of George F. Gilman; gearing for battle; the economy store; the chain-store problem; wrong turns; the profit machine; minute men and tax men; the supermarket; Franklin Roosevelt; Wright Patman; the fixer; friends; defying death; the fourth revolution; the trustbuster; Mom and Pop's last stand; the fall; and the legacy. Bibliography; index.


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Shane Hamilton of University of Georgia


JEL Classifications

L81: Retail and Wholesale Trade; e-Commerce
N81: U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913
N82: U.S.; Canada: 1913–


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