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Selling the dream : the billion-dollar industry bankrupting Americans / by Jane Marie.


"We've all heard of Amway, Mary Kay, Tupperware, and LuLaRoe, but few know the nefarious way they and countless other multilevel marketing (MLM) companies prey on desperate Americans struggling to make ends meet. When factories close, stalwart industries shutter, and blue-collar opportunities evaporate, MLMs are there, ready to pounce on the crumbling American Dream. MLMs thrive in rural areas and on military bases, targeting women with promises of being their own boss and millions of dollars in easy income--even at the risk of their entire life savings. But the vast majority--99.7%--of those who join an MLM make no money or lose money, and wind up stuck with inventory they can't sell to recoup their losses. Featuring in-depth reporting and intimate research, Selling the Dream reveals how these companies--often owned by political and corporate elites, such as the Devos and the Van Andels families--have made a windfall in profit off of the desperation of the American working class." -- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781982155773
  • ISBN: 1982155779
  • Physical Description: 308 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Atria books hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2024.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Anatomy of a scheme -- Women's work -- Original hucksters -- The American way -- Mind games -- The watchmen -- From prophets to profiteers -- Women's work redux -- Fool me twice -- Why isn't anyone doing anything?
Subject: Multilevel marketing > United States.
Swindlers and swindling > United States.
Working class > United States > Economic conditions.
Genre: Informational works.

Available copies

  • 5 of 8 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 0 current holds with 8 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 658.8 MARIE 2024 (Text) 0001012544301 Nonfiction New Checked out 05/04/2024

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