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Boom, Bust, Exodus: The Rust Belt, The Maquilas, and a Tale of Two Cities

By Chad Broughton


‘An essential contribution to understanding the why behind the growing divide between those who have and those who have not.’ – Alex Kotlowitz

“Chad Broughton has written a deeply-observed and nuanced account of one of the stories of our time: the migration of a once-thriving American factory over the border into Mexico. When he learns of Maytag’s plans to shutter its refrigerator plant, a move decried by a young Senator Obama, Broughton begins a decade-long dive into the drama that envelops both Galesburg, Illinois, where townspeople are losing their $15.14-an-hour livelihood, and Reynosa, Mexico, where the same jobs will pay $1.10 and come with a cost. The results are both epic and surprising. The pitfalls of such a project are many, but Broughton avoids pity and screed, delivering a story that is beautifully detailed and rich in human and historic dimension. Most of us talk about a global economy with a vague sense of what that really means. With Boom, Bust, Exodus Broughton has defined it indelibly.” –Ann Marie Lipinski, Curator, Nieman Foundation for Journalism, Harvard University.

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