Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town by Brian Alexander

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Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town Read Online Free - In 1947, Forbes magazine declared Lancaster, Ohio the epitome of the all-American town. Today it is damaged, discouraged, and fighting for its future. In Glass House, journalist Brian Alexander uses the story of one town to show how seeds sown 35 years ago have sprouted to give us Trumpism, inequality, and an eroding national cohesion.

The Anchor Hocking Glass Company, once the world’s largest maker of glass tableware, was the base on which Lancaster’s society was built. As Glass House unfolds, bankruptcy looms. With access to the company and its leaders, and Lancaster’s citizens, Alexander shows how financial engineering took hold in the 1980s, accelerated in the 21st Century, and wrecked the company. We follow CEO Sam Solomon as he tries to rescue the company from the New York private equity firm that hired him. Meanwhile, Alexander goes behind the scenes, entwined with the lives of residents as they wrestle with heroin, politics, high-interest lenders, low wage jobs, technology, and the new demands of American life: people like Brian Gossett, the fourth generation to work at Anchor Hocking; Joe Piccolo, first-time director of the annual music festival who discovers the town relies on him, and it, for salvation; Jason Roach, who police believed may have been Lancaster’s biggest drug dealer; and Eric Brown, a local football hero-turned-cop who comes to realize that he can never arrest Lancaster’s real problems.

Title : Glass House: The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town
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ISBN : 1250085802
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

February 16, 2017

The "Hocking" in Anchor Hocking is the name of the river that I could see from the window in my childhood bedroom, less than an hour south of Lancaster. This book tells a story that is very important to me, personally. I have millions of thoughts on this book and I will eventually coalesce them i...

Jeremy rated it ★★★★★

February 19, 2017

I grew up in Lancaster. When I was five I lived on Maud Avenue and could see the west side Anchor Hocking plant from my back yard. My grandma lived by Cherry Street Park and you could see the defunct east side plant from her front porch. But by the time I was in high school Anchor Hocking's heyda...

Hadrian rated it ★★★★☆

January 13, 2018

In the year following the Trump election, there has been a renewed journalistic focus on the "white working class" and its miserable economic state. This has produced many superficial articles along the lines of "Trump supporter still supports Trump, still dislikes black people and Mexicans", and...

Tyler rated it ★★★★★

March 04, 2017

"Corporate elites said they needed free-trade agreements, so they got them. Manufacturers said that they needed tax breaks and public-money incentives in order to keep their plants operating in the United States, so they got them. Banks and financiers needed looser regulations, so they got them....

Joshua rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2017

Forget Hillbilly Elegy, if you want to understand why Donald Trump is President, why he won in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, read this book. This is a damning indictment on why America is coming unraveled, and why if we keep on our current trajectory without making some big changes, with...

Carla rated it ★★★★★

February 28, 2017

The life and death and signs of life of Anchor Hocking Glass Company serves as a platform to tell the story of how greed brought on by Reaganomics and private equity raiders ("Barbarians") stole most of the capital from a company and a thriving Ohio town, capital that took decades to build, but o...

Christopher rated it ★★★★★

February 09, 2017

GLASS HOUSE a story that shows the more base side of capitalism, where short-term profits are paramount, and people are just things in the way. The story is not a fun read--it's actually quite sad, and unfortunately, there isn't a cheery ending. Nevertheless, this tale is a story that needs telli...

Lorianne rated it ★★★★☆

May 08, 2017

We've all heard the now-familiar story of how the American dream dies. Outsourcing and foreign competition shutter factories, and in the absence of jobs, working- and middle-class laborers turn to heroin and right-wing politics to numb their pain. The story of Lancaster, Ohio initially seems to f...

Suzanne rated it ★★★★☆

October 18, 2017

I read this while on vacation in Florida, so maybe that was a n odd choice to read poolside, but this book pissed me off so much. There is sometime so fundamentally wrong with this country and I'm sure there isn't one specific moment in time that we can blame, but Reagan and Friedman and their te...

Evie rated it ★★★★★

February 19, 2017

This Book Was: Informative, Heart-Rending, A MUST-Read for 2017 in America. If you read Hillbilly Elegy and/or Strangers In Their Own Land, you NEED to read this. Content Rating: Rated-R for (quoted) Cursing, Drug Use, Racism, and Depression-Triggers for anyone with a sense of Empathy. Maturity R...

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