Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk

By Chuck Palahniuk

"A billion husbands are approximately to be replaced."

From the writer of struggle membership, the vintage portrait of the broken modern male psyche, now comes this novel concerning the apocalyptic advertising and marketing probabilities of a brand new product that provides new aspiring to the time period "self-help."

Penny Harrigan is a low-level affiliate in an immense ny legislation enterprise with an condominium in Queens and no love existence in any respect. So it comes as an outstanding surprise whilst she reveals herself invited to dinner via one C. Linus Maxwell, a software program mega-billionaire and lover of the main beautiful and entire girls in the world. After eating at Manhattan's such a lot unique eating place, he whisks Penny off to a inn suite in Paris, the place he proceeds, pc in hand, to deliver her to formerly undreamed-of heights of gratification for days on finish. What's to not like? This: Penny discovers that she is a attempt topic for the ultimate improvement of a line of female items to be advertised in a national chain of boutiques known as attractive You. So powerful and powerful are those units that ladies through the thousands line up open air the shops on establishing day after which lock themselves of their room with them and prevent popping out. aside from batteries. Maxwell's plan for battery-powered global domination needs to be stopped. yet how?

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War has been an issue only in that the people and the conservative government have resisted involvement in foreign wars like Korea and Vietnam. Making what concessions were necessary under the Security Treaty with the Americans, the government has sought only involvement that would bring economic profit to Japanese enterprise. (Schurmann 1974: 143) For all its similarities with premodern and early modern modes of rule and accumulation, the post-Second World War US-centric East Asian regime differs radically from its predecessors in at least one respect: the incomparably greater size and technological sophistication of the US military–industrial apparatus.

And although the US state still has a privileged access to its services and resources, the main tendency of the last thirty years has been for all nation-states, including the US, to become the servant rather than the master of extraterritorial high finance. Equally important, the transnational expansion of US corporations has called forth competitive responses in old and new centers of capital accumulation that have weakened, and eventually reversed, US claims on foreign incomes and resources.

And in spite of the extraordinary expansion of its domestic production and foreign trade over the last fifteen years, its GNP per capita at world market prices has remained among the lowest in the world (Lu 2000: 121–71). Nevertheless, this failure of relative GNP per capita at world market prices to rise, has further increased the attractiveness of the PRC’s huge reserves of labor for foreign capital and entrepreneurship, as reflected in the explosive growth of capital flows to China since the late 1980s (Arrighi 1994).

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