The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford

The American Way of Death was an exposé of abuses in the funeral home industry in the United States, written by Jessica Mitford and published in 1963. Feeling that death had become much too sentimentalized, highly commercialized, and, above all, excessively expensive, Mitford published her research showing the ways in which funeral directors take advantage of bereaved friends and relatives of loved ones, and sweet talk them into paying far more than necessary for the funeral and other costs, such as a grievance counselor, a title which they allowed themselves completely without merit.

The 884th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember (The New York Public Library)
  2. - 100 Major Works of Modern Creative Nonfiction (About.com)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
The American Way of Death Hardcover 1340637 $44.23 $8.73 1963
The American Way of Death Revisited Paperback 65555 $10.96 $3.28 2000
The American Way Of Death Hardcover 4418261 $3.39
The American Way of Death Revisited Paperback 10323890 $9.95 $9.94
The American Way of Death Revisited Hardcover 5294355 $2.99
The American Way of Death Revisited Hardcover 149648 $21.67 $5.75 1998
American Way of Death Mass Market Paperback 6714863 $136.29 $0.66 1981
American Way of Death Mass Market Paperback 1081133 $39.99 $2.99 1983
By Jessica Mitford - The American Way of Death Revisited (Rev Sub) (1998-08-05) [Hardcover] Hardcover 666154 $58.43 $23.40 1998
The American Way of Death Hardcover 678681 $118.79 $2.70
The American Way of Death Paperback 3635710 $1.51
The American Way of Death Revisited (Vintage) Kindle Edition 209631 $11.84 2011
The American Way of Death Revisited Paperback 3333292 $2.99 $2.99 2000
The American Way of Death Hardcover 4997846 $4.37 1972
The American way of death Paperback 1539388 $61.99 $1.67
American Way of Death Mass Market Paperback 2110160 $91.46 $1.00
The American Way of Death Paperback 826804 $5.00 1980
The American Way of Death Hardcover 12750534 $84.87 1901
The American Way of Death Paperback 6289833 $3.99 1963
The American Way Of Death Mass Market Paperback 1579705 $0.74
American Way of Death Mass Market Paperback 4236098 $47.54 $0.64 1976
The American Way of Death (A Touchstone Book) Paperback 2800919 $44.93 $2.95 1978
The American Way of Death Revisited Paperback 4688174 $59.87 $8.59 1999
The American Way of Death Revisited (Paperback)--by Jessica Mitford [2000 Edition] ISBN: 9780679771869 Paperback 319372 $16.88 $6.38