Punching Out

Punching Out

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An elegya€”angry, funny, and powerfully detaileda€”about the slow death of a Detroit auto plant and an American way of life. How does a country dismantle a centurya€™s worth of its industrial heritage? To answer that question, Paul Clemens investigates the 2006 closing of one of Americaa€™s most potent symbols: a Detroit auto plant. Prior to its closing, the Budd Company stamping plant on Detroita€™s East Side, built in 1919, was one of the oldest active auto plants in Americaa€™s foremost industrial citya€”one whose history includes the nationa€™s proudest moments and those of its working class. Its closing also reflects the character of the country in a new eraa€”the sad, brutal process of picking it apart and sending it, piece by piece, to the countries that now have use for its machines. Punching Out is an up-close report, at once tender and angry, from the meanest, sharpest edge of Americaa€™s deindustrializaAstion, and a lament for a working-class culture that once defined a prosperous Americaa€”and that is now on the verge of ecoAsnomic extinction. From the Hardcover edition.Eddie was behind the wheel of his white Pontiac Vibe when I arrived a couple days later. The car idled in the sun by the ... Eddiea#39;s not wanting to do anything he a#39;d done every day for the last twelve months gave things an end-of-the-school- year feel. a€œIta#39;s better than that, a€ ... Not long before, hea#39;d jokeda€”had half-hopeda€” that the extension the rigging crew received was for another year. Why the change ofanbsp;...

Title:Punching Out
Author:Paul Clemens
Publisher:Anchor - 2011-01-18


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