"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.
NEWS & OPINION: The 2017 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award
Posted November 10, 2017, 12:00 PM with category of Publishing Industry
The Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award has been awarded to Amy Goldstein and her excellent book on Janesville, Wisconsin in the aftermath of a GM plant closure.
NEWS & OPINION: The 2017 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards Longlist
Posted November 7, 2017, 8:40 AM with category of Publishing Industry
Our 2017 business book awards longlist rewards 40 books with a focus on individual and organizational improvement.
NEWS & OPINION: The 2017 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award Shortlist
Posted September 29, 2017, 9:00 AM with category of Publishing Industry
The shortlist has been announced for the 2017 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.
STAFF PICKS: End of Summer Staff Reading
Posted August 23, 2017, 9:47 AM with category of The Company
Here's what our staff has been reading during the gorgeous Milwaukee summer.
NEW RELEASES: Business Books to Watch in April
Posted April 3, 2017, 9:59 AM with category of Publishing Industry
These are the books we'll be digging deeper into in April.