#1 — Janesville: An American Story

Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein
Rating: 4/5
  • Janesville is a town in Wisconsin where Paul Ryan grew up. They were home to a GM plant and the Parker Pen factory. They were the two mainstays supporting the entire town until the jobs were outsourced. The book is about what happened to the town after the companies left. Told from the perspective of workers, business leaders, teachers, and nonprofit leaders who either witnessed or were directly affected by these events
  • Questioned the premise that job training is the panacea for displaced workers
  • Illustrated the cascading effect of one plant closure to an entire town of people
  • Shows how quickly a society can quickly change from being genial and civic-minded to resentful and hostile during desperate times
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