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.There were shelves of such manuals and binders, some of which had slipped or been swept to the floor. ... I liked knowing that the roof for the Ford Econoline van had come off of 1-line and that a stamping for its door had come off of 4-line.

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

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