Homestead: The Glory and Tragedy of an American Steel Town

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Homestead, Pennsylvania, was the city Andrew Carnegie built to make steel. For a century it made its mill owners fortunes and armed America through two world wars. It became the site of a defining battle between management and organized labor and gave thousands of families a livelihood and a way of life. When Homestead died in 1986, it was because steel could be made more cheaply elsewhere -- and because the logic of the time decreed that a town and the people who lived in it were as disposable as any other kind of industrial waste.

In this crucial, important book, Homestead's story unfolds with galvanizing vividness and tragic depth. It is a blistering report on the fate of America's backyards -- a book that is dangerous to ignore and impossible to forget.

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"This book will become an American classic...if you do not know [this] story, you do not really know the history of America." --Chicago Tribune

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"The Homestead Strike of 1892 is as important an event as any we learn in school.... Bill Serrin, our best labor chronicler, has not only re-created this epochal event but has offered us a portrait of a classical industrial town, its birth and dying. It is, in microcosm, the story of America yesterday and today.... A truly important book."-- Studs Terkel

"[Serrin writes] with a clarity and narrative drive that even many of our current bestselling business books lack.... This book should be read not only on Wall Street, but in the dwindling number of factory towns that still survive."-- Washington Post

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