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Punching Out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant
Punching Out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant by Paul Clemens 0385521154 9780385521154
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Punching Out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant by Paul Clemens

An elegy-angry, funny, and powerfully detailed-about the slow death of a Detroit auto plant and an American way of life. How does a country dismantle a centuryrsquo;s worth of its industrial heritage? To answer that question, Paul Clemens investigates the 2006 closing of one of Americarsquo;s most potent symbols: a Detroit auto plant. Prior to its closing, the Budd Company stamping plant on Detroitrsquo;s East Side, built in 1919, was one of the oldest active auto plants in Americarsquo;s foremost industrial city-one whose history includes the nationrsquo;s proudest moments and those of its working class. Its closing also reflects the character of the country in a new era-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 Outis an up-close report, at once tender and angry, from the meanest, sharpest edge of Americarsquo;s deindustrializashy;tion, and a lament for a working-class culture that once defined a prosperous America-and that is now on the verge of ecoshy;nomic extinction.

Author: Paul Clemens

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 288

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 2011-01-18

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ISBN: 0385521154

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