"These boys saw the floorboards giving out while the rest of America danced in the pig and whistle. Maharidge and Williamson have a document here that may be even more important in a generation than it is today."--Charlie LeDuff, author of "Work and Other Sins: Life in New York City and Thereabouts" "Through the voices and stories of working ...
"These boys saw the floorboards giving out while the rest of America danced in the pig and whistle. Maharidge and Williamson have a document here that may be even more important in a generation than it is today."--Charlie LeDuff, author of "Work and Other Sins: Life in New York City and Thereabouts" "Through the voices and stories of working-class people, Maharidge and Williamson provide insight into the current situation, reminding us of the history of economic struggle and the importance of understanding our culture from the bottom up." --John Russo, co-author of "Steeltown U.S.A.: Work and Memory in Youngstown" "This is a deeply felt and beautifully crafted book. Maharidge and Williamson are brave and clear-eyed in chronicling the struggle of America's workers." --Todd DePastino, author of "Citizen Hobo: How a Century of Homelessness Shaped America" "In this moving and urgent book, Maharidge and Williamson continue to dig through the social wreckage of three decades of economic plunder, courageously documenting the uprooted and displaced, the uncertain and the fearful. "Someplace Like America" peers into the dark heart of a society that has turned its back on working people--and that may be on the cusp of abandoning its dignity as well. In the smoldering occupational ruins of what once was, Maharidge also manages to find hopeful embers of what might one day be. A disturbing retrospective on twenty-five years of reporting on the long-term dissolution of the American dream." --Jefferson Cowie, Cornell University, author of "Stayin' Alive: The 1970s and the Last Days of the Working Class"
A bit padded with old material from the 1980 published in earlier works .
The case studies are interesting ( as are the photographs) but a bit ramblingin their presentation. Some maps and more reliable statistics would be useful.
After reading the book one is unsure exactly what the message is supposed to be. What is a "down on the bones of their arse" American family supposed to do? Lie down and die?
Maharidge suggest urban farming when really the problem is the massive failure of the American political system to look after the poor and helpless.
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