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King Camp Gillette's safety razor - eight years in the making - revolutionised a dangerous chore, and made its creator a very rich man. In this incisive biography, Tim Dowling examines the contradictions at the heart of the razor king, a socialist utopian who fulminated against the evils of capitalism while at the same time zealously embracing his role as father of the disposable economy.
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Utopians have often proved the greatest inventors. One thinks of Jeremy Bentham and his Panopticon prison, Robert Owen and his factory villages. In "Inventor of the Disposable Culture: King Camp Gillette" Tim Dowling adds another to the list: Gillette, the American inventor of the disposable razor blade, who turns out to have been a socialist visionary. For those who know the story already there is not a lot new here, for those who don't it is a well-written and pacey introduction. --Miles TaylorAbout the Author:
Born in Connecticut, Tim Dowling moved to London in 1992. He writes for the Guardian and The Times, and is currently working on a book on fatherhood.
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Book Description Faber & Faber, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Same day/next day dispatch (mon-fri) all items checked before dispatch, Handled and sent out with care. Seller Inventory # mon0000038810
Book Description Short Books, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB057120810X