Janesville by Amy Goldstein and Joy Osmanski by Amy Goldstein and Joy Osmanski - Listen Online
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“Groundbreaking award-winner…”This winner of the Financial Times Best Business Book of the Year prize is a groundbreaking recipient in more ways than one. Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Amy Goldstein is the first solo female author to win the award, and it’s the rare business book that puts community and policy issues at the forefront.
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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: Simon & Schuster Audio on
ISBN: 150823888X
List price: $23.99
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