One of Barack Obama’s top reads of 2017, Janesville: An American Story, traces the lives of workers and their families, and the response of public and private sectors in the wake of General Motors’ decision to close its Wisconsin assembly plant in 2008. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post journalist Amy Goldstein, it is essential reading for “anyone who wants to understand the economy of the Rust Belt – and its implications for America’s onceproud middle class” (The Philadelphia Inquirer). The Financial Times McKinsey Book of the Year, Janesville is an intimate human account of postindustrial decline, and a meditation on the future of work. Goldstein discusses the telling of the story with Toby Manhire.
Session presented with the assistance of an Embassy of the United States of America Cultural Grant.