The Daily Show highlighted the author of this book, and I was intrigued. Since I am not from Michigan, not from a family of auto workers, and not machine saavy, I was as interested in learning more about the world of an auto plant as I was the answer to the question as to why an auto plant would die.
I wanted pictures of the equipment, of the equipment in the process of being dismantled, of the equipment used to dismantle the equipment. After I read the book, I saw the video on amazon.com. I wish these shots had all been included instead of just a few.
The strength of the book was the descriptions of the people who were working at the plant. More than a visual, there were backgrounds given, and quickly you identified with individuals and could understand their motivations for being there.
The opening chapters were devoted to the frustration the author faced when not given total access to the plant as it closed. That lack of access is a fatal flaw, not saved by the descriptions of plant security personnel. The author himself gives the solution when he says, "If you want solid, useful information, ask a woman. If there'd been a Lorena in the Budd plant, [instead she was in the Mexican plant that received some of the equipment], I'd have spent a whole lot less time listening to delightful bellyaching about guys' bowels and balls and more time learning the ins and outs of moving milions of pounds of press line two thousand miles." Amen.
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