Gary Laderman, "Rest in Peace: A Cultural History of Death and the Funeral Home in Twentieth-Century America" (Repost)
Publisher: Oxford University Press | ISBN: 019513608X | edition 2003 | PDF | 296 pages | 2,08 mb
In 1963, Jessica Mitford's The American Way of Death shocked the nation and provoked scandal throughout the funeral industry. Mitford portrayed undertakers as exploitative businessmen eager to turn a profit off of a poor man's grief. Her book climbed the bestseller list and put the growing and profitable funeral industry on the defensive. Forty years later, Laderman comes to the industry's defense with this thoughtful book. His case is cautious and honest.