Books The Steal A Cultural History of Shoplifting by Rachel Shteir Hardcover, 256 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $25.95 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe StealSubtitleA Cultural History of ShopliftingAuthorRachel Shteir Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers Book Summary A history of shoplifting assesses its cultural and economic significance, tracing its rise with the onset of department stores, its pathology, and its role as a symbol of anti-establishment sentiments and hyper-consumerism. Genres: Nonfiction History & Society Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Steal Rachel Shteir is the author of Striptease: The Untold History of the Girlie Show and Gypsy: the Art of the Tease. Marion Ettlinger/ hide caption toggle caption Marion Ettlinger/ Review Book Reviews Sticky Fingers, Hidden Hams: A Shoplifting History July 7, 2011 In The Steal, Rachel Shteir examines the cultural history and economic impact of shoplifting, an activity that 10 percent of all U.S. citizens admit to trying at one point or another.