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Monongahela Dusk' is an evocative portrait of McKeesport during the 1940s. John Hoerr's novel paints a sometimes grim, sometimes bright portrait of steelworkers and their workaday lives, from the hardships of the mill to the small pleasures found in the sanctuary of family life. Hoerr's character's are noteworthy, particularly Albert 'Pete' Bonner, a sometimes reckless businessman with unflagging belief in his ability to succeed.—Rege Behe, Pittsburgh Tribune Review http://triblive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/ae/books/s_635003.html

About the Author

JOHN HOERR grew up in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, the setting for Monongahela Dusk. He worked for several news organizations, including Business Week and WQED-TV in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, and New York. Hoerr specialized in national labor reporting in the 1960s when the steel, auto, coal mining and other unions were large and strong enough to conduct nationwide strikes in support of wage demands. Out of this experience, he wrote three nonfiction books including And the Wolf Finally Came: The Decline of the American Steel Industry.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Autumn House (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932870318
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932870312
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,406,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. M. Haaf on November 6, 2009
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John Hoerr paints a fascinating and realistic portrait of labor relations in industrial McKeesport. Every detail in Monongahela Dusk rings with astonishingly accurate beauty, from "thick-shouldered [Pete Bonner] stripped to his undershirt push[ing] a line of beer cases on a clattering roll conveyor" to the "paler reddish-orange glow from Bessemer steel furnaces flush[ing] the valley sky." Monongahela Dusk is rich with labor history and a surprising plot that keeps you turning pages. A must read!
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MONONGAHELA DUSK is a great story about a time and place in what was once the industrial heartland of America. The Mon Valley is steel country, and the men are as hard as the pipe they roll. The novel's main characters, Bonner, a beer salesman turned beer tycoon, and Miravich, a roustabout turned union official, run into each other one day (literally) and never stop colliding as the story moves from the Depression through the War Years and beyond. Following these two strategically placed men we see every corner of the small city of McKeesport, Pennsylvania, and in the end we learn all its secrets, including the biggest and dirtiest.

This is a book filled with taut description, fine dialogue, enough action, and all the truth anyone could ask for. If you ever wondered how it was when J.P. Morgan ran the country instead of just a bank--and how ruthlessly he and the "captains" of industy did it--Monongahela Dusk will fill in all the blanks. Don't miss this one.
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I had been alerted by hometown friends that this book was coming out. I was so pleased to read it, written by a former hs classmate. I thought it was well written and kept my interest.

Although I lived the early part of my life around steel worker neighbors, I did not know much about the processes of making steel nor did I know much about unions.

I thought these two items were addressed very well.
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