Small is Beautiful: The End of Super-Size America

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In the 1970-s, the Governor of California drove a used Plymouth and gave up the Governor-s Mansion for a small apartment. He ran for President advocating an era of limits, but his campaign failed, and in the 80-s and 90-s, everything seemed to get bigger and bigger. Although Mini-Coopers haven-t replaced SUV-s, trend-spotters claim there-s a new direction to America-s obsession with size. Big cars, big houses, big portions of food--even big executive salaries-are no longer cool as they used to be. Is it all due to falling stock prices and corporate scandal? We get surprising answers from a historian on consumer culture, former California Governor Jerry Brown, a cultural anthropologist and the president of a consumer research company.
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