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American Flannel by Steven Kurutz
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Mar 12, 2024 | ISBN 9780593329610

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Advance praise for American Flannel:

“An engrossing cross-country tour of business owners who are working to reinvigorate a flagging industry. In [Kurutz’s] excellent telling, the triumphs and setbacks of this crop of industry pioneers will leave a lasting impact while instilling hope for the future.” —Booklist

“Kurutz’s well-crafted story is one of makers defying the odds, as well as lessons in the many harms of throwaway culture.” —Kirkus Reviews

“[An] encouraging report the efforts of entrepreneurs working to bring clothing manufacturing back to the U.S… The profiles humanize the machinations of the clothing market, finding in the entrepreneurs’ plights an all-American tale of resilience and self-sufficiency in the face of steep odds.”—Publishers Weekly 

“I was hooked from the very first page. Kurutz’s writing is tight, vivid, always on point. The story he tells is as important as it is absorbing. First, it’s an uplifting tale of good old American inventiveness and stick-to-it-iveness, the best kind of underdog story. It is also a cautionary tale about what happens when a country becomes so rich and complacent that it forgets how to create as well as buy. I can confidently say this will be one of my favorite books of 2024.” —Stephen King, bestselling author (and onetime millworker)
American Flannel is a wonderful book–surprising, entertaining, vivid and personal, but also enlightening on the largest questions of America’s economic and social future. I envy Steven Kurutz his experience in reporting for this book, and I am grateful that he has shared the results so generously with the rest of us.” —James Fallows, co-author of Our Towns

“Captures the fabric of an essential American experience. Steven Kurutz reminds us that all sustainability and resilience is local, and that we are not just consumers but makers and members of communities.” William McDonough, author of Cradle to Cradle and The Upcycle

“In this heartbreaking and inspiring book, Kurutz explains what we lost by giving away the clothing industry and how some people are trying to get it back, with the dreams, ingenuity, and hard work that built the nation in the first place.” Thomas Dyja, author of New York, New York, New York and The Third Coast

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