Nothin but Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of Americas Industrial Heartland

Nothin but Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of Americas Industrial Heartland

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by Edward McClelland
     
 

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The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region became the arsenal of democracy??-the greatest manufacturing center in the world-in the years during and after World War II thanks to natural advantages and a welcoming culture. Decades of unprecedented prosperity followed, memorably punctuated by riots, strikes, burning rivers, and oil embargoes. A vibrant, quintessentially

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The Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region became the arsenal of democracy??-the greatest manufacturing center in the world-in the years during and after World War II thanks to natural advantages and a welcoming culture. Decades of unprecedented prosperity followed, memorably punctuated by riots, strikes, burning rivers, and oil embargoes. A vibrant, quintessentially American character bloomed in the regions cities, suburbs, and backwaters.

But the innovation and industry that defined the Rust Belt also helped to hasten its demise. An air conditioner invented in Upstate New York transformed the South from a sweaty backwoods to a nonunionized industrial competitor. Japan and Germany recovered from their defeat to build fuel-efficient cars in the stagnant 1970s. The tentpole factories that paid workers so well also filled the air with soot, and poisoned waters and soil. The jobs drifted elsewhere, and many of the people soon followed suit.

Nothin but Blue Skies tells the story of how the countrys industrial heartland grew, boomed, bottomed, and hopes to be reborn. Through a propulsive blend of storytelling and reportage, celebrated writer Edward McClelland delivers the rise, fall, and revival of the Rust Belt and its people.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608195459
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/21/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
719,549
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Edward McClelland is the author of Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President, The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fisherman, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters, and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes, and Horseplayers: Life at the Track. He has contributed to the New York Times, Playboy, Slate, the Nation, and many other publications. He lives in Chicago.
Edward McClelland is a veteran political journalist working out of Chicago. His previous books include The Third Coast: Sailors, Strippers, Fishermen, Folksingers, Long-Haired Ojibway Painters and God-Save-the-Queen Monarchists of the Great Lakes and Horseplayers: Life at the Track. He has written for the Chicago Reader, Boston Globe, Washington Post, Slate, Salon, Chicago magazine and many other publications.

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The Nothin' But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Hard Times, and Hopes of America's Industrial Heartland 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If your from the midwest or the great lake region, its a great read. Opens your eyes to the way industries ,unions and the government operated in the mid 19th century. Very good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent and fascinating a nonfictional book about recent history in the auto and steel industries, especially Buffalo, Detroit, Flint, etc. (the rust belt cities). It reminds me of my life, I was born in Detroit, lived there 20 years, near Detroit since then, and my father worked at a Ford car factory. He wrote real people in their lives, not sugar-coated auto industry spokespersons. Maybe sarcasm and cynical his writings but it's true enough.