Crisis In Bethlehem

A fascinating close-up view of what ails a great American industry. Authoritative, but eminently readable, it has the makings of a saga of the American economy.
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Crisis in Bethlehem: Big Steel’s Struggle to Survive is Pulitzer Prize winner Strohmeyer’s account of the collapse of Bethlehem Steel. As editor of the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Globe-Times from 1956 to 1984, Strohmeyer followed the steel industry from the height of its power through its decline. He evaluates the self-indulgence of both the unions and industry management and movingly describes the human agony caused by the failure of steel. His account is reinforced by over one hundred interviews with steelworkers, union leaders, steel executives, and industry analysts. First issued in 1986, the book is more significant than ever. In this edition, Strohmeyer includes an update on steel today.

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John Strohmeyer

John Strohmeyer has won the Pulitzer Prize and is a former Neiman Fellow.

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