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Janesville : an American story

by Goldstein, Amy, 1957-

Format: Print Book 2017
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 10 copies
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Bethel Park Public Library Nonfiction 330.973 GO
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CLP - East Liberty Non-Fiction Collection HC108.J36 G65 2017
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Non Fiction 330.9775 Goldstei
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* Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year * Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize * 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year * A New York Times Notable Book * A Washington Post Notable Book * An NPR Best Book of 2017 * A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2017 * An Economist Best Book of 2017 * A Business Insider Best Book of 2017 *

"Moving and magnificently well-researched... Janesville joins a growing family of books about the evisceration of the working class in the United States. What sets it apart is the sophistication of its storytelling and analysis." -- The New York Times

A Washington Post reporter's intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors' assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin--Paul Ryan's hometown--and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class.

This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its factory stills--but it's not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next, when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up.

Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Goldstein has spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin where the nation's oldest operating General Motors plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession, two days before Christmas of 2008. Now, with intelligence, sympathy, and insight into what connects and divides people in an era of economic upheaval, she makes one of America's biggest political issues human. Her reporting takes the reader deep into the lives of autoworkers, educators, bankers, politicians, and job re-trainers to show why it's so hard in the twenty-first century to recreate a healthy, prosperous working class.

For this is not just a Janesville story or a Midwestern story. It's an American story.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Goldstein's dramatic work of reportage begins with the closing of the nation's oldest General Motors assembly plant, in Janesville, Wisconsin. What follows is an examination of the direct impacts of the Great Recession on the heart of America's Rust Belt. Tracing the lives of some of those most impacted by the plant's closing, including Matt, a GM gypsy who found work at an Indiana plant, and Barb, a former high-school dropout now going back to school, Goldstein digs into the everyday challenges and struggles of Janesville's proud citizens. Her sympathetic reporting brings the reader into the homes of these middle-class families, most of whom are teetering on the edge of poverty, and presents her subjects respectfully without sugarcoating the fear and dismay that now mark their daily lives. To give a more complete picture, Goldstein also follows Bob, the director of a local job center, and records the path of politicians and leading Janesville citizens, like native-son congressman Paul Ryan and Mary Last, a local banker determined to stem the city's economic slide. The result is at once somber, precarious, inspiring, and always true to life.--Bostrom, Annie Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects General Motors Corporation -- History.
Automobile industry and trade -- Wisconsin.
Janesville (Wis.) -- Economic conditions -- 21st century.
Publisher New York :2017
Edition First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Language English
Description xiii, 351 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-341) and index.
ISBN 9781501102233
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