Crisis In Bethlehem / Edition 1by John Strohmeyer
Pub. Date: 08/16/1994
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Pulitzer Prize winner John Strohmeyer’s account of the collapse of Bethlehem Steel. As editor of the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Globe-Times from 1956 to 1984, Strohmeyer followed the steel industry from the height of its power through its decline. He evaluates the self-indulgence of both the unions and industry management and movingly/i>
Pulitzer Prize winner John Strohmeyer’s account of the collapse of Bethlehem Steel. As editor of the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Globe-Times from 1956 to 1984, Strohmeyer followed the steel industry from the height of its power through its decline. He evaluates the self-indulgence of both the unions and industry management and movingly describes the human agony caused by the failure of steel. His account is reinforced by over one hundred interviews with steelworkers, union leaders, steel executives, and industry analysts. First issued in 1986, the book is more significant than ever. In this edition, Strohmeyer includes an update on steel today.
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Let me start by saying this is a phenomenal read. Utilizing the expertise that surely gained him his Pulitzer John Strohmeyer brings to life the symbol of US industrialism by literally creating what comes across as a biography for a Company. This is no small feat as most companies are viewed as empty or hollow outside of a few iconic brands that represent their companies (e.g: Coca-Cola, Nike to name a few). Strohmeyer provides the reader with such in-depth information and brings it forth in a manner that what could have been boring, dry material turns into a page-turning delight. Further, the delicacy with which Strohmeyer approaches the balance between the potential causals for the Company's failure would do a Historian proud (i.e.: management, the unions, global trade). Additionally, the access he had to such primary sources across the board from former chairmen and senior level executives to union leaders all the way to middle level managers and labourers while also being able to channel those sources into a comprehensive and complete work makes this book a classic to be studied and read by Historians and students of business alike. Like any good story this one leaves the reader on a cliff hanger waiting for the next edition as it runs before the final days of Bethlehem Steel commence (i.e.: 1980s to 2002).