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Working in the Shadows: A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won't Do
Working in the Shadows
A Year of Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won't Do
Paperback      ISBN: 1568586388
An award-winning young investigative journalist goes undercover, living the life of an undocumented immigrant.
Blacklisted: The Secret War Between Big Business and Union Activists
Blacklisted
The Secret War Between Big Business and Union Activists
Paperback      ISBN: 1780263414
Blacklisted tells the controversial story of the illegal strategies that transnational construction companies resorted to in their attempt to deny union activists work.
Underground America: Narratives of Undocumented Lives
Underground America
Narratives of Undocumented Lives
Paperback      ISBN: 1786632276
Millions of immigrants risk deportation and imprisonment by living in the US without legal status. They are living underground, with little protection from exploitation at the hands of human smugglers, employers, or law enforcement. Underground America presents the remarkable oral histories of men and women struggling to carve a life for themselves in the US.
Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work
Hidden America
From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work
Paperback      ISBN: 042526727x
The award-winning "Significant Others" columnist shares character portraits of remarkable men and women whose low-profile accomplishments contribute to the running of the nation, from coal miners and oil rig workers to migrant laborers and air traffic controllers.
The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America
The End of Loyalty
The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America
Hardcover      ISBN: 1586489143
Tracing the history of the social contract between companies and their employees, and showing how it has been ripped apart, a senior advisor at the Drucker Institute discusses four iconic American companies over 70 years, bringing to light the many acts that have comprised a kind of biography of the American Dream gone sideways. 20,000 first printing.
No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies
No Logo
Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies
Paperback      ISBN: 0312271921
A free-wheeling analysis and exploration of the invasion of our personal lives by logo-wielding power-hungry corporations combines muckraking journalism with contemporary memoir to discuss current consumer culture and the dark side of the information age. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
Janesville: An American Story
Janesville
An American Story
Paperback      ISBN: 1501102265
“A gripping story of psychological defeat and resilience” (Bob Woodward, The Washington Post)—an intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, 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 main factory shuts down—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–winning reporter Amy Goldstein spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin, where the nation’s oldest operating General Motors assembly plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession. Now, with intelligence, sympathy, and insight into what connects and divides people in an era of economic upheaval, Goldstein shows the consequences of one of America’s biggest political issues. 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. “Moving and magnificently well-researched...Janesville joins a growing family of books about the evisceration of the working class in the United States. What sets it apart is the sophistication of its storytelling and analysis” (Jennifer Senior, The New York Times). “Anyone tempted to generalize about the American working class ought to meet the people in Janesville. The reporting behind this book is extraordinary and the story—a stark, heartbreaking reminder that political ideologies have real consequences—is told with rare sympathy and insight” (Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Soul of a New Machine).
Shop Class As Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work
Shop Class As Soulcraft
An Inquiry into the Value of Work
Paperback      ISBN: 0143117467
A philosophical mechanic deconstructs pretentious beliefs about high-prestige workplaces while posing a case for working with one's hands, explaining how the act of making and fixing objects can connect people to their surrounding worlds. Reprint. A best-selling book.
Cartography of Revolutionary Anarchism
Cartography of Revolutionary Anarchism
Paperback      ISBN: 1849351384
A concise history of the significance and global reach of mass organized anarchism, tracing its syndicalist origins to Mexico in 1869, then Spain, spreading to Egypt and Uruguay by 1872, then to Cuba and the United States by 1883, its dramatic rise to labor dominance throughout Latin America, and its radicalizing minority influence in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Oceania and Sub-Saharan Africa. Historian Michael Schmidt identifies five "waves" of labor militancy that define anarchist organizing over the past 150 years, explaining the central features of each. He also explores the industrial and social foundations of anarchism/syndicalism, and during each of the "waves," interrogates key documents debating the vital relationship between the militant minority and the working and poor masses. "Part history, part manifesto, Cartography of Revolutionary Anarchism is a succinct and insightful polemic. Michael Schmidt has distilled a vast literature on anarchism to demonstrate that anarchism is a historical movement with deep roots in the working class and continuity into the present. The book is lively, with equal measures of pragmatic judgement and hope; it is plainspoken, powerful, and thoughtful. Activists and scholars interested in anarchism will find here much to contemplate and debate and take to heart."—Mark Leier, author of Bakunin: A Biography
The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Worker's Movement
The Death and Life of American Labor
Toward a New Worker's Movement
Hardcover      ISBN: 1781681384
Argues that the labor movement as it has been known for most of the last one hundred years is effectively dead, and analyzes the possibilities of labor's renewal by looking at new initiatives, strikes, organizations, and allies.