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The Big Squeeze by Steven Greenhouse
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Feb 10, 2009 | ISBN 9781400096527

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“Steve Greenhouse has written the essential economic book for 2008. Long before most analysts noticed the downturn, Greenhouse was reporting how troubled our economy looked from the bottom-up. A hugely talented reporter with a passion for justice, a shrewd student of the new economy and a brilliant guide to the contemporary labor movement, Greehouse writes with clarity, energy and grace.” E. J. Dionne Jr.

“Steven Greenhouse’s brilliant and vividly reported exposé shows how employers have been squeezing the life out of American workers, through means both legal and illegal.  My blood boiled when I read The Big SqueezeAny presidential candidate–or voter–who overlooks this book will be clueless about what’s really going on in America.” Barbara Ehrenreich

“In this shocking and important book, Steven Greenhouse explains–and tells the stories–of how U.S. workers are paying the price for the lower labor standards and wages that are the result of poorly-managed globalization.” Joseph E. Stiglitz

“Excellent and relentless . . . Greenhouse’s book gives a convincing portrait of a business culture that has been more and more aggressive toward workers.”Jeff Madrick, New York Review of Books

“An excellent book . . . Greenhouse exhibits outrage and moral indignation and an idealism one doesn’t necessarily expect from a hard-bitten New York Times reporter.” —The Washington Monthly

“Important and infuriating.” —Chicago Tribune

“Riveting . . . a sobering examination of a growing American crisis, and . . . nothing short of brilliant.” —Tucson Citizen

New York Times labor correspondent Greenhouse drops a bombshell on local bookstores . . . Greenhouse’s clear and level prose is investigative journalism at its finest.” —Rocky Mountain News

“Greenhouse’s The Big Squeeze is a fresh, probing look at the critical issues facing both blue- and white-collar American workers . . . The Big Squeeze will be an eye-opener for many. Don’t miss it.” —Providence Journal-Bulletin

“The power of Greenhouse’s book lies . . . in its reporting, especially on low-wage workers . . . his best material vividly focuses on the always difficult and often abusive working conditions of low-paid employees. Such stories get far too little airing and rarely are they so well told.” —Business Week

“Greenhouse paints a wrenching protrait of decent people who, by no fault of their own, have been fired, demoted, downsized, displaced, abandoned . . . Greenhouse’s picture should unnerve anyone committed to a stable future for American democracy.” Patrick J. Deneen, American Conservative

“[Greenhouse’s] reporting skills serve his book’s readers well.” —Washington Post

“A book . . . that will confirm your worst suspicions and fears, open your eyes and turn your stomach.” —The Buffalo News

“Greenhouse has mastered labor market economics in a way few journalists do . . . his profiles are . . . rich in evoking sympathy and understanding for workers who struggle to both adapt and resist . . . The Big Squeeze becomes the one essential book on today’s American workplace.” Jack Metzgar, Dissent


Sidney Hillman Prize WINNER 2009

Table Of Contents

Preface to the Anchor Books Edition

Chapter One Worked Over and Overworked
Chapter Two Workplace Hell
Chapter Three The Vise Tightens
Chapter Four Downright Dickensian
Chapter Five The Rise and Fall of the Social Contract
Chapter Six Leaner and Meaner
Chapter Seven Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
Chapter Eight Wal-Mart, the Low-Wage Colossus
Chapter Nine Taking the High Road
Chapter Ten Overstressed and Overstretched
Chapter Eleven Outsourced and Out of Luck
Chapter Twelve The Lowest Rung
Chapter Thirteen The State of the Unions
Chapter Fourteen Starting Out Means a Steeper Climb
Chapter Fifteen The Not-So-Golden Years
Chapter Sixteen Lifting All Boats


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