Books Empire of Things How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-first by Frank Trentmann Hardcover, 862 pages, HarperCollins, List Price: $40 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleEmpire of ThingsSubtitleHow We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-firstAuthorFrank Trentmann Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers NPR Summary From Renaissance Italy and late Ming China to today's global economy, the author recounts the epic history of the goods that have seduced, enriched and unsettled human lives over the past 600 years. Genres: Nonfiction History & Society Business & Economy Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Empire of Things Book Reviews 'Empire Of Things' Surveys How, What And Why We Consume March 31, 2016 Frank Trentmann's sprawling new history looks at several centuries worth of consumerism. It's a huge, and hugely readable survey of all the ways we accumulate — and exhaust — material goods.