"Susan Strasser reads our American history in our tea leaves—and countless tons of other domestic garbage—as she traces the changing meanings of waste and thrift from Colonial times to the present."—The Boston Globe
"An illuminating perspective on the American encounter with the world of goods, and a major contribution to American cultural history."—Jackson Lears, author of Fables of Abundance
"Shows to startling effect how radically both our notions of trash and our means of coping with it have altered over the years."—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
"Strasser is a superb researcher."—The New York Times Book Review
"Wonderful. This fine book makes a powerful point. 'Recycling' is not innovation, just the resumption of an age-old human practice. It was the idea of disposability that was new, lazy, inelegant—and perhaps now receding into that obscurity reserved for failed experiments."—Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature
"Susan Strasser brilliantly shows how an inquiry into trash can lead us to see American consumer culture in a new light. Waste and Want makes sense of garbage: it helps us to understand the cost—to ourselves and the environment—of our widespread belief that buying consuming , and throwing out are measures of the good life."—Kathy Peiss, author of Hope in a Jar
"Susan Strasser has excavated from two centuries of trash a fascinating story that reveals as much about what has mattered to Americans as what has not. A model of imaginative, groundbreaking research."—Lizabeth Cohen, author of Making a New Deal
"Waste and Want takes the mundane, everyday problem of trash and reveals its larger social significance, fusing the personal and the public in imaginative ways."—Martin V. Melosi, author of Garbage in the Cities"