Includes bibliographical references (pages 264-304) and index.
How America has dominated the global cotton industry for 200 years -- The history of American cotton -- Back at the Reinsch farm -- All God's dangers ain't the subsidies -- Cotton comes to China -- The long race to the bottom -- Sisters in time -- The unwitting conspiracy -- Returning to America -- Dogs snarling together -- Perverse effects and unintended consequences of T-shirt trade policy -- 45 years of "temporary" protectionism end in 2009--now what? -- Where T-shirts go after the Salvation Army bin -- How small entrepreneurs clothe East Africa with old American T-shirts -- Mitumba : friend or foe to Africa?
Pietra Rivoli is an economics professor at Georgetown University, where the question "Who made your T-shirt?" set her on a quest. On her journey she found that globalization is just as much about history and politics as it is about economics.