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BIG-BOX SWINDLE--The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America's Independent Businesses

The True Cost of Mega-Retailers and the Fight for America's Independent Businesses
(Beacon Press)

Big-Box Swindle illustrates how mega-retailers are fueling many of our most pressing problems, from the shrinking middle class to rising pollution and diminished civic engagement. The book is far more than a critique, however. The second half offers an inspiring account of how a growing number of communities and independent businesses are effectively countering the chains and rebuilding their local economies.

I've included some of the reviews below. You can read more about the book at:

Big-Box Swindle is available at independent bookstores nationwide. You can also order the book online through the Institute for Local Self-Reliance: Email us at for information on discounts for multiple copy orders.

If you are part of an organization whose members might find this book of interest, I'd be grateful for any help you could provide in getting the word out.

Also, I hope to see you at one of the events I'm doing this fall. See the tour schedule at:

Stacy Mitchell


"Mitchell has produced a compelling indictment of Wal-Mart and other 'big box' stores. . ." - Publishers Weekly

"This is the ultimate account of the single most important economic trend in our country with the big boxes." - Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

"Stacy Mitchell provides an astonishing exposé of the broad-reaching implications of our shopping habits. Big Box Swindle should be required reading for everyone who cares about America's main streets, as well as a call to arms to small businesses everywhere." - Kennedy Smith, former director of the National Main Street Center

"Through rich, real-life stories, Stacy Mitchell reveals that those 'low prices' so proudly promoted by big-box behemoths come at an intolerably high cost to our communities and culture. Can we beat the behemoths? Yes! And Mitchell shows us the way. Read on, take heart, and take action!" - Jim Hightower, national radio commentator and best-selling author

"A great read! The big-box shadow looms over us mightily, but, as Stacy Mitchell documents, hundreds of communities have already saved themselves. She tells us how they did it and firmly invites us to step forward into the light. Change-a-lujah!" - Reverend Billy, leader of the Church of Stop Shopping


Stacy Mitchell
New Rules Project
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
1313 5th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Office: (612) 379-3815
Direct: (207) 774-6792