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The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America

by Rick Wartzman

Having a good, stable job used to be the bedrock of the American Dream. Not anymore.In this richly detailed and eye-opening book, Rick Wartzman chronicles the erosion of the relationship between American companies and their workers. Through the stories of four major employers--General Motors, General Electric, Kodak, and Coca-Cola--he shows how big businesses once took responsibility for providing their workers and retirees with an array of social benefits. At the height of the post-World War II economy, these companies also believed that worker pay needed to be kept high in order to preserve morale and keep the economy humming. Productivity boomed.But the corporate social contract didn't last. By tracing the ups and downs of these four corporate icons over seventy years, Wartzman illustrates just how much has been lost: job security and steadily rising pay, guaranteed pensions, robust health benefits, and much more. Charting the Golden Age of the '50s and '60s; the turbulent years of the '70s and '80s; and the growth of downsizing, outsourcing, and instability in the modern era, Wartzman's narrative is a biography of the American Dream gone sideways.Deeply researched and compelling, The End of Loyalty will make you rethink how Americans can begin to resurrect the middle class.

Get the Right Things Done: The Drucker Collection (6 Items)

by Peter F. Drucker Alan M. Kantrow Rick Wartzman Julia Kirby

Gain insight into the writings of Peter Drucker, one of management's greatest thinkers, with this digital collection curated by Harvard Business Review. "Managing Oneself," "What Makes an Effective Executive," "The Theory of the Business," "Why Read Peter Drucker," "What Peter Drucker Knew About 2020," and "Clay Christensen on Peter Drucker" will help managers and leaders better understand, and manage, the complex challenges they face in our volatile world.

The King Of California: J.G. Boswell and the Making of A Secret American Empire

by Rick Wartzman Mark Arax

J.G. Boswell was the biggest farmer in America. He built a secret empire while thumbing his nose at nature, politicians, labor unions and every journalist who ever tried to lift the veil on the ultimate "factory in the fields." The King of California is the previously untold account of how a Georgia slave-owning family migrated to California in the early 1920s,drained one of America 's biggest lakes in an act of incredible hubris and carved out the richest cotton empire in the world. Indeed, the sophistication of Boswell 's agricultural operation -from lab to field to gin - is unrivaled anywhere.Much more than a business story, this is a sweeping social history that details the saga of cotton growers who were chased from the South by the boll weevil and brought their black farmhands to California. It is a gripping read with cameos by a cast of famous characters, from Cecil B. DeMille to Cesar Chavez.

Obscene in the Extreme

by Rick Wartzman

Few books have caused as big a stir as John SteinbeckOCOs "The Grapes of Wrath," when it was published in April 1939. By May, it was the nationOCOs No. 1 bestseller, flying off store shelves at a rate of 10,000 copies a week. But in Kern County, California?the JoadsOCO newfound home?the book was burned publicly and banned from library shelves. "Obscene in the Extreme" tells the remarkable story behind that fit of censorship, a moment when several lives collided as part of a larger class struggle roiling the nation. It is a superb historical narrative that serves as an engaging window into an extraordinary time of upheaval in America, when as Steinbeck put it, ?A revolution is going on. OCO

Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath

by Rick Wartzman

Few books have caused as big a stir as John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, when it was published in April 1939. By May, it was the nation's No. 1 bestseller, flying off store shelves at a rate of 10,000 copies a week. But in Kern County, California-the Joads' newfound home-the book was burned publicly and banned from library shelves. Obscene in the Extreme tells the remarkable story behind that fit of censorship, a moment when several lives collided as part of a larger class struggle roiling the nation. It is a superb historical narrative that serves as an engaging window into an extraordinary time of upheaval in America, when as Steinbeck put it, "A revolution is going on."

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