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“One place in America that nobody can accuse of being unaware of China's economic ascent is the heartland—the industrial region that formed the center of the 20th century's most dynamic and innovative economy, but now is synonymous with unemployed workers and foreclosed houses. Former foreign correspondent Longworth's gloomy assessment of the prospects of a region that has been one of globalization's clear losers is harsh. But while his tale of the failures of complacent workers, inept managers and clueless politicians to confront global competition takes place firmly in the nation's interior, he offers little reason for those living elsewhere to feel insulated from similar threats.” —John Sparks, Newsweek
“A passionate, probing and painfully honest book.” —Jonathan Eig, Wall Street Journal
“A superb analysis of the crisis in the Midwest and sober advice on how to alleviate, if not eliminate, the region's pain. Moreover, he captures the flavor of the Midwest today, the nuevo Midwest -- replete with immigrants, urban/suburban/rural ghettos, hollowed-out cities, abandoned small towns, failing schools and feckless politicians. But it is still breathing and not without assets -- rich farmland, a plethora of fresh water, agricultural and industrial expertise and excellent research universities -- and a few success stories, a reborn Chicago, most notably....Caught in the Middle provides a brilliant battle plan.” —Peter A. Coclanis, Chicago Tribune
“But Longworth's book should be of interest even to those who have never come closer to America's heartland than to change planes at O'Hare. Almost any chapter of "Caught in the Middle" could generate a book's worth of debate anywhere in this country: What's to become of higher ed - or K-12 ed for that matter. The structure of state and local government as an impediment to remaking the economy. The role of immigration. The future of agriculture. The future of small towns not close enough to a metropolitan area to serve as bedroom communities.” —Bill Virgin, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“The author has performed a public service by detailing the problem areas - farming, ethanol production, the loss of manufacturing, immigration and so on - that are challenging the citizens and their offspring in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. We who think we've got it so good out here, far from the craziness of the East and West coasts, need to be shaken from our indifferent state of mind. Longworth makes a valiant stab at that.” —Repps Hudson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
This book should be read by everyone that lives and loves the Midwest.
The Midwest - particularly the rural Midwest has provided a significant part of the historical underpinnings of the US and the US Economy.
Even if its explanations and many of its proposed solutions are ultimately unpersuasive, it is a book that will get you thinking.
When I drove to the Midwest after a lifetime on the east coast, I was shocked (if not horrified) by the vast stretches of nothingness, or even worse, decay, along the route to my... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Evelyn Feldschuh
A colleague of mine recommended this book as a good way to understand the Midwest. It was excellent advice. Read morePublished 15 months ago by David Richards
This book should be read by everyone that lives and loves the Midwest. This is as blueprint to rebuild America's Heartland.Published 20 months ago by William Schmoekel
Longworth, a former Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent, turned his eye on his native Midwest to assess why the Rust Belt is so rusty and why the farm towns are losing people at... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Benjamin Recchie
Agree with most of the concepts - middle america is being squeezed by the changes of immigration, automation, and open markets, but the book could be half as big and tell the story... Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Joe Boyce
I was saying to a friend that the trouble with this new millennium is that there is simply not the need for as many workers as we have needed in the past. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by Lori Clark
I loved this book so much I read it twice. I have lived in the midwest and can clearly see how its fortunes and America's are so much more closely linked than many coastal pundits... Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I felt divided in reading this book.
Longworth does have a fairly in-depth understanding of the Midwest. Read more