Nothin' but Blue Skies The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland

ISBN-10: 1608195295
ISBN-13: 9781608195299
Edition: 2013
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Book details

List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 5/21/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.44" wide x 9.46" long x 1.17" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region became the "arsenal of democracy"-the greatest manufacturing center in the world-in the years during and after World War II, thanks to natural advantages and a welcoming culture. Decades of unprecedented prosperity followed, memorably punctuated by riots, strikes, burning rivers, and oil embargoes. A vibrant, quintessentially American character bloomed in the region's cities, suburbs, and backwaters.But the innovation and industry that defined the Rust Belt also helped to hasten its demise. An air conditioner invented in Upstate New York transformed the South from a sweaty backwoods to a non-unionized industrial competitor. Japan and Germany recovered from their defeat to build fuel-efficient cars in the stagnant 1970s. The tentpole factories that paid workers so well also filled the air with soot, and poisoned waters and soil. The jobs drifted elsewhere, and many of the people soon followed suit.Nothin' but Blue Skiestells the story of how the country's industrial heartland grew, boomed, bottomed, and hopes to be reborn. Through a propulsive blend of storytelling and reportage, celebrated writer Edward McClelland delivers the rise, fall, and revival of the Rust Belt and its people.

Ted McClelland is the author of "Horseplayers: Life at the Track," a senior editor at "Lake" magazine, and a writer who has contributed to "Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune," Salon.com, Slate.com, and "Utne Reader."

Prologue: Gus's Bar
The Sit-Down Striker
The Arsenal of Democracy
The Motor City Is Burning
Burn On, Big River
I�m a Flintoid
"A Rust Bowl"
Homestead
New Jack Cities
The Smell of Money
"We're All Going to End up in Chicago"
"Nature Always Bats Last"
Lackawanna Blues
The Second Great Recession
The Corner of Palmer and Jesus Saves
Flintstones
"This Is Not Your Father's Oldsmobile"
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index

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