Boom Town: How Wal-Mart Transformed an All-American Town Into an International Community

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In 1950, Sam Walton, founder of the Wal-Mart empire, arrived in the Bible Belt town of Bentonville, Arkansas, and discovered that the nondescript Ozarks backwater--population 2,900 white Christians--suited him just fine. Today, six decades later, Walton’s legacy has left its mark. The Bentonville area is headquarters to not only Wal-Mart but also Tyson Foods and J. B. Hunt. The town’s population has grown to around 30,000, and the region is now home to blacks, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Marshall Islanders, and the fastest-growing Latino population in the country.

In Boom Town: How Wal-Mart Transformed an All-American Town into an International Community, veteran journalist Marjorie Rosen explores the ever-shifting social, political, and cultural character of the United States through the microcosm that is Northwest Arkansas and the personal stories of its people. Rosen talks with a Palestinian immigrant who rose from penniless dishwasher to multimillionaire contractor--and dedicated himself to building a local Jewish community’s first synagogue. A black executive hired to diversify Wal-Mart, whose arrival coincided with a KKK rally in the town square, gives his views on the controversies surrounding the company. A Mexican mother of three, fired from a chicken plant after an injury on the job, discusses her struggle to survive. A Hindu father concerned about interracial dating, a Marshallese security guard whose daughter was ignored in the ER, and many others reveal the issues and challenges facing those who make up the boom towns” where the economy and culture are in constant flux.

An entertaining, intimate, and often moving chronicle of how different ethnicities, races, and religions come together and struggle to adapt, Boom Town combines sociology, drama, and humanity to illustrate the unpredictable movements that shape our national persona.

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Marjorie Rosen is an associate professor of journalism at Lehman College–CUNY. Her books include Popcorn Venus: Women, Movies & the American Dream and What Nigel Knew and Mia & Woody: Love and Betrayal. A former senior writer at People and editor at the New York Times Magazine, she has contributed to Glamour, Good Housekeeping, the Los Angeles Times, and  Ms.

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"Anyone interested in America's future should read Marjorie Rosen's Boom Town, a vivid, engaging portrait of a place that's zoomed from small, sleepy and racially uniform to big, economically dynamic and ethnically diverse almost overnight."  —Ron Arias, author, Moving Target: A Memoir of Pursuit



"In this important work, Rosen's elegant writing style, reportorial skills, and storytelling ability combine to transform the story of one small town—a fascinating tale in its own right—into a profound commentary on the recent multicultural trends that are shaping America's future."  —Doris Kearns Goodwin, author, No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln



"In this marvelous report from the interior, Marjorie Rosen tells the story of an American heartland where old struggles over race give way to new paradigms. A comprehensive, nuanced, and utterly surprising account!"  —Honor Moore, author, The Bishop's Daughter



"Not to be missed is this lively account of the complex and contradictory forces that permitted Wal-Mart, the ultimate 'bad guy' corporation, to play a role in prompting radical change and the development of true diversity in a backwater of rural America."  —Judith Adler Hellman, author, The World of Mexican Migrants



"[A] rich and perceptive book with many surprises."  —David A. Zonderman, professor of history, North Carolina State University

"Boom Town offers up a tantalizing peek into the future and gives us a visceral sense of how the twin engines of immigration and technology are changing not just Bentonville, but small towns across America."  —Barbara Gordon, filmmaker and author, I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can



"[Boom Town] tells the story of the rapid urbanization of Wal-Mart's home town of Bentonville, [and] gives the reader an up-close, true to life sense of how the ethnic tensions borne of globalization are playing out on the ground."  —Fred Siegel, professor of history, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

"Rosen's astute powers of observation and storytelling skills capture unsettling processes of urbanization as they sweep across the region, re-shaping it from a sleepy slice of the rural Ozark Mountains . . . into a sprawling multi-cultural company town for the world's largest retailer and the vendors, service providers and peripheral suppliers that support it."  —Antipode

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