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Land of Desire Merchants Power and the Rise of a New American Culture William Leach Random House 1993 428 Pages The transformations that America went through in order to become a capitalist country were very significant and are sometimes looked past However in the book Land of Desire the author William Leach extensively goes into many of those things There were many things that went into this ranging from specific poeple and incidents to outside places and things Leach shows each individual ordeal and explains the personal effect that it had on the industry as well as how society accepted or in some cases condemned such things All of this comes from his own education and understanding of the situation He shows the drift into a capitalistic country as being a gradual change in one thing that then led to another and to another and so on Not to mention that many many things took part in it And that if such things had not occurred we would not be the country that we are today There isnt a whole lot of information on William Leach but he does appear to be a very well-thought out man This is not his only historical book and hes also done other things including the book True Love and Perfect Union The Feminist Reform of Sex and Society and editing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz That specifically shows up a number of times in Land of Desire He refers to L Frank Baum the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz throughout the book as well as to the book itself Other than that though theres not much else I know about him too bad its not exactly the most helpful information as far as why he thinks the way he does Leach broke the book up into 5 major parts The first being the preface and the introduction These two parts laid out
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