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If you could sum up Boom, Bust, Exodus in three words, what would they be?
Very interesting look at the effects of outsourcing manufacturing jobs - pros and cons for all involved, from leadership to line workers.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Boom, Bust, Exodus?
Learning the negative effects of expanding jobs from USA on community life in Mexico.
Would you consider the audio edition of Boom, Bust, Exodus to be better than the print version?
Having read the book and listened to the book in the same week, I'm (understandably) a little ticked-off. Yes, the small-town-gone-bankrupt is a fact of any Midwesterners existence, but this book pushes it a bit. It pays little mind to lateral lambasting (Detroit, anyone?) and focuses instead on the lost art of an, umm, job.
Who was your favorite character and why?
No favorite characters? Not that type of book and inappropriate to play favorites.
Which character – as performed by Stephen McLaughlin – was your favorite?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
A moment is hard to pin down. A circumstance that diluted an entire region of wage earners? Can they be considered a favorite?
Any additional comments?
I like how this book would seem to fit into 1906, 1927, 1935, the 1990s, but is uniquely about an under-reported sequence of events that occurs in our rural areas systematically. This timeliness, plus the 'stick-to-the-facts' attitude toward a circumstance that still provides human-compassion and development and honest feeling, makes this book shine.
Our literary landscape is (rightfully) crowded with the expose of the working poor, urban blight and the corner-cutting of an economic system we all live under. Broughton, however, laser-focuses on a small, rural plant closure which appears to accurately summarize US business policy some 20 years after NAFTA and GATT.
Yes, factories left, America went from manufacturing to a service economy and our small towns got far more poor and futureless in the process. Broughton, however, doesn't need to force-feed his audience with what happened: he gives us a reality, free of paint-by-numbers thought. A readership that is respected? Yes, that's refreshing Very, very good!