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Overview

Steel Phoenix: The Fall and Rise of the U.S. Steel Industry is a remarkable story. Christopher Hall recounts the great downfall of "Big Steel" in America and the emergence of a new, reinvented steel industry from the ashes of the old. Beginning with the failures of Big Steel to respond to a changing world, Christopher Hall analyzes the powers and drives behind this "most basic" of industries, revealing how the "Rust Belt" of the 1970s and 1980s was created and how the death of the traditional steel industry devastated cities such as Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Youngstown. Hall then examines how pioneering entrepreneurs and engineers rebuilt the industry by recycling large supplies of scrap steel, giving way to a minimill industry that ultimately saved what was left of the old Big Steel mills.

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Recounts the downfall of Big Steel in America and the emergence of a new steel industry from the ashes of the old. Reveals how the Rust Belt of the 1970s and 1980s was created and how the death of the traditional steel industry devastated cities such as Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and then examines how pioneering entrepreneurs rebuilt the industry by recycling scrap steel, creating a mini-mill industry that made use of old mills. For students of American business and history. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312161989
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Production of Steel 1
2 The Wasted Years: 1959-1974 35
3 Melting Down: The End of "Big Steel" in the United States, 1975-1989 65
4 Pleas for Protection: The Politics of Trade 105
5 The Rise of the Minimill 145
6 White Knights or Vultures? Foreign Investment in the U.S. Steel Industry 179
7 In the Fiery Furnace: the "Born Again" Mills 209
8 A Whole New Ball Game: The Flat Rolled Minimills 235
9 Sadder but Wiser: The Integrated Mills in the 1990s 267
10 Steel, the Global Economy, and the Twenty-first Century 303
Notes 339
Appendix 359
Index 415
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