Most reporters cover the closing of a major manufacturing plant and then move on to their next assignment. But Goldstein wanted to find out what would happen after General Motors shut down its iconic assembly plant in Janesville, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s hometown, two days before Christmas in 2008, during the depths of the Great Recession. Goldstein presents an intimate view of those affected, including suddenly unemployed workers struggling to rebuild their lives and community leaders attempting to reinvent the once-thriving manufacturing town. Goldstein’s "Janesville" provides a clear-eyed view of the power of employers to shape a community and the ability of workers to overcome seemingly overwhelming obstacles.
Goldstein will discuss "Janesville" with Julie Kerksick, Community Advocates Public Policy Institute’s senior policy analyst, and take questions from the audience. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at Boswell Books, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Boswell. Books will be available for sale. Community Advocates Public Policy Institute and Boswell Book Company are co-sponsoring Goldstein's appearance.
About Amy Goldstein
Amy Goldstein has been a staff writer for thirty years at The Washington Post, where much of her work has focused on social policy. Among her awards, she shared the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She has been a fellow at Harvard University at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Janesville: An American Story is her first book. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Praise for "Janesville: An American Story"
“Brilliant, probing, and disturbing. A gripping story of psychological defeat and resilience.”—Bob Woodward, The Washington Post
“'Janesville' is as relevant to the moment as a breaking news bulletin. It should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand how the Great Recession and deindustrialization have disrupted social, economic, and political life in the American heartland. If you want to know why 2016 happened, read this book.”—E.J. Dionne, columnist and author of Why the Right Went Wrong