An elegyaangry, funny, and powerfully detailedaabout the slow death of a Detroit auto plant and an American way of life. How does a country dismantle a centuryas worth of its industrial heritage? To answer that question, Paul Clemens investigates the 2006 closing of one of Americaas most potent symbols: a Detroit auto plant. Prior to its closing, the Budd Company stamping plant on Detroitas East Side, built in 1919, was one of the oldest active auto plants in Americaas foremost industrial cityaone whose history includes the nationas proudest moments and those of its working class. Its closing also reflects the character of the country in a new eraathe 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 Americaas deindustrializaAstion, and a lament for a working-class culture that once defined a prosperous Americaaand 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. aIta#39;s better than that, a ... Not long before, hea#39;d jokedahad half-hopeda that the extension the rigging crew received was for another year. Why the change ofanbsp;...
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