By Brian Alexander
For readers of Hillbilly Elegy and Strangers of their personal Land
**A New York publish Must-Read ebook, a Newsweek most sensible New booklet, certainly one of The Week's 20 Books to learn in 2017, one in every of Bustle's sixteen most sensible Nonfiction Books Coming in February 2017**
"Remarkably nuanced...should be required reading." - Beth Macy, writer of Factory Man
"Glass House’s subtitle...hints on the book’s distinction from its best-selling predecessor. Alexander’s publication is much less own, much less tortured, a piece of journalism way more prepared to indict forces higher than the obdurate, delusional satisfaction of the white operating classification. This e-book hunts greater game." -Laura Miller, Slate
In 1947, Forbes journal declared Lancaster, Ohio the epitome of the all-American city. this present day it really is broken, discouraged, and scuffling with for its destiny. In Glass House, journalist Brian Alexander makes use of the tale of 1 city to teach how seeds sown 35 years in the past have sprouted to offer us Trumpism, inequality, and an eroding nationwide cohesion.
The Anchor Hocking Glass corporation, as soon as the world’s biggest maker of glass tableware, used to be the bottom on which Lancaster’s society used to be outfitted. As Glass condominium unfolds, financial ruin looms. With entry to the corporate and its leaders, and Lancaster’s electorate, Alexander indicates how monetary engineering took carry within the Nineteen Eighties, sped up within the twenty first Century, and wrecked the corporate. We persist with CEO Sam Solomon, an African-American top the approximately all-white town’s largest deepest company, as he attempts to rescue the corporate from the hot York inner most fairness enterprise that employed him. in the meantime, Alexander is going backstage, entwined with the lives of citizens as they combat with heroin, politics, high-interest creditors, low salary jobs, know-how, and the recent calls for of yankee existence: humans like Brian Gossett, the fourth iteration to paintings at Anchor Hocking; Joe Piccolo, first-time director of the yearly tune competition who discovers the city depends upon him, and it, for salvation; Jason Roach, who police believed could have been Lancaster’s largest drug broker; and Eric Brown, an area soccer hero-turned-cop who involves discover that he can by no means arrest Lancaster’s genuine problems.
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Additional resources for Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town
S. senator and secretary of the treasury Thomas Ewing and the Sherman brothers, William T. S. senator, author of the Sherman Antitrust Act, secretary of the treasury under Rutherford B. Hayes, secretary of state under William McKinley). So did the canal built to carry Fairfield County’s agricultural products to New York. Forbes was mainly interested in the story of Lancaster’s industry, which started when Civil War veteran Albert Getz opened a downtown shoe factory that employed a hundred people.
They were small and modest and had seen better times. Having Carly stay there off and on provided certain benefits for a junkie like Mark. The way Mark understood it, Carly’s connect was an ex-boyfriend in Columbus, some black dude named Tayvon, from whom she bought most of her dope. Every other day she drove to Columbus, paid $600, and returned with about twelve grams, almost half an ounce. Carly shot a lot of that into her legs—about half a gram every hit, four hits a day: a pretty big payload.
Lancastrians were plain and plainspoken, and community-spirited. They didn’t believe in ostentation. Even the rich lived in relative modesty. Class distinctions were present, but fuzzy. Those with a little more money hosted cocktail parties in their homes and golfed, swam, and danced at the country club. But a factory worker might live three blocks from a factory owner. The store clerk might be chief honcho of the Moose lodge where the bank president was also a brother. No matter how much money you had, your children attended the public schools or the small Catholic one and made friends across the economic spectrum.
Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town by Brian Alexander