Frank Trentmann's Empire of Things has been described as "a masterpiece of historical research but also a delight to read" by Gerard DeGroot in Saturday's Times.
Set for release on 28th January 2016, Trentmann "brings a fresh dose of sanity to the consumerism debate". DeGroot explains that he's "never encountered a work that so perfectly assesses the influence of shopping on the human experience," and although economic history has a reputation of being dry and often tough to get to grips with, the book "consistently entertains while it informs. [He has] the ability to write for the multitude without compromising on intellectual rigour."
What we consume has become the defining feature of our lives: our economies live or die by spending, we are treated more as consumers than workers, and even public services are presented to us as products in a supermarket. In this monumental study, acclaimed historian Frank Trentmann unfolds the extraordinary history that has shaped our material world, from late Ming China, Renaissance Italy and the British Empire to the present. Astonishingly wide-ranging and richly detailed, Empire of Things explores how we have come to live with so much more, how this changed the course of history, and the global challenges we face as a result.