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The transformations that America went through in order to become acapitalist country were very significant and are sometimes looked past However in the book Land of Desire the author William Leach extensivelygoes into many of those things There were many things that went into thisranging from specific poeple and incidents to outside places and things Leachshows each individual ordeal and explains the personal effect that it had on theindustry as well as how society accepted or in some cases condemned suchthings All of this comes from his own education and understanding of thesituation He shows the drift into a capitalistic country as being a gradualchange in one thing that then led to another and to another and so on Not tomention that many many things took part in it And that if such things hadnot occurred we would not be the country that we are todayThere isnt a whole lot of information on William Leach but he doesappear to be a very well-thought out man This is not his only historical bookand hes also done other things including the book True Love and PerfectUnion The Feminist Reform of Sex and Society and editing The WonderfulWizard 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 Ozthroughout the book as well as to the book itself Other than that thoughtheres not much else I know about him too bad its not exactly the mosthelpful information as far as why he thinks the way he doesLeach broke the book up into 5 major parts The first being the prefaceand the introduction These two parts laid out the main ideas of the book After that Leach went into the three main sections of the book which end upbeing the three main steps in the transformation into capitalism The firstentitled Strategies of Enticement went into a little bit of history as well
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