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Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Beth Macy

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Revue de presse

A New York Times Notable Book of 2014

One of Janet Maslin's Top 10 Books of 2014 in the New York Times

One of The Christian Science Monitor's Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2014

One of Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2014: Nonfiction

A Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist: Business

"In a class with other runaway debuts like Laura Hillenbrand's "Seabiscuit" and Katherine Boo's "Behind the Beautiful Forevers": These nonfiction narratives are more stirring and dramatic than most novels. And Ms. Macy writes so vigorously that she hooks you instantly. You won't be putting this book down."

Janet Maslin, New York Times

"Nonfiction storytelling at its finest.... It does what the best business books should: It delivers a heavily researched, highly entertaining story, at the end of which you realize you've learned something.... This is a great American story, the kind that we don't read often enough."―Bryan Burrough, New York Times

"A truly remarkable work of researched narrative nonfiction, one the probes every corner of its topic and values every subject who has something to say.... Factory Man does justice to every hidden corner of the story. It's a book that leaves you feeling better for having read it."―Lucas Mann, San Francisco Chronicle

"In a world of blue-collar victims, where logging chains seal forever the doors of mills and factories from the Rust Belt to the Deep South, Beth Macy's award-winning look at one furniture maker's refusal to give in is a breath of hope-and a damn fine story to read. The book tracks John Bassett's fight to keep American jobs on this side of borders and oceans, and keeps one American town from becoming a place of empty storefronts and FOR SALE signs."―Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Most They Ever Had

"Beth Macy has done a masterful job in personalizing the biggest American economic story of our time--how to save American jobs in the 21st Century. John Bassett III is a cinematic figure and quintessential American, battling for his company, his town and his country."―Jonathan Alter, author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies

"The author's brightly written, richly detailed narrative not only illuminates globalization and the issue of offshoring, but succeeds brilliantly in conveying the human costs borne by low-income people displaced from a way of life.... A masterly feat of reporting."―Kirkus (starred review)

"Macy chronicles Bassett's saga with vigor, integrity, soul, and skill, offering a humdinger of a globalization story and a true drama that reads like a novel."―Christian Science Monitor

"Macy's down-to-earth writing style and abundance of personal stories from manufacturing's beleaguered front lines make her work a stirring critique of globalization."―Carl Hays, Booklist

"Macy's riveting narrative is rich in local color.... Vivid reporting."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"An Appalachian Random Family. In the course of narrating Bassett's efforts to fight China's underhanded underpricing, Macy digs in all directions, visiting company towns without companies, unearthing family secrets, and explaining the economic forces that determine our lives."―Boris Kachka, Vulture

"The unlikely hero of Factory Man is a determined, ornery, and absolutely indomitable...business man. He's the head of a family furniture company and damned if he's going to be pushed around. Beth Macy has given us an inspiring and engaging tale for our times, but not the expected one."―Alex Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Losing the News: The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy, Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and Laurence M. Lombard Lecturer in the Press and Public Policy

"Macy brings to the story a keen understanding of life among factory workers.... At its best, "Factory Man" traces the intertwined stories of a family, business, and town: the complex, paternalistic relationships, the shared secrets, the vexed bonds of interdependence. Macy writes movingly about what happens when workers in these factory towns face not only closing factories and skyrocketing unemployment but the loss of their community identity."―Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe

"I find myself deeply sympathetic to Macy's essential point, which is that globalization inflicts a great deal of suffering on millions of people, something the news media should do a better job of acknowledging and the government should do a better job of mitigating."―Joe Nocera, New York Times

"Like some of the best nonfiction writers today - Michael Lewis and Katherine Boo come to mind first - Macy takes a topic that is either too dry, too complicated, or too depressing for most journalists to tackle and she tackles it with vigor, integrity, soul, and skill."―Janet Saidi, Christian Science Monitor

A "feat of reporting.... There's a big generous heart at the center of this book, and it's hard not to compare Factory Man to the seminal nonfiction work of Tracy Kidder or even the storytelling that made David Simon's The Wire one of the best TV shows ever.... Factory Man is a valuable American story, and one of the best books I've read this year."―Elisabeth Donnelly, Flavorwire

"Macy's passion and enthusiasm are palpable on every page.... She makes a complex, now universal story understandable."―Mimi Swartz, New York Times Book Review

"An educational, fascinating reading adventure.... A moving book about the loss of American jobs -- one of the most vital issues of this century."―Steve Weinberg, The Dallas Morning News

"The epic struggle of Virginia furniture manufacturer John Bassett III (JBIII) to save his business has given crackerjack reporter Beth Macy the book she was born to write. Longtime champion of the downtrodden and the working American, Macy brings globalization down to a human scale, giving a real voice and a recognizable face to everyone involved, from factory worker to government official to Chinese importer. Thorough reporting and brilliant writing combine to make FACTORY MAN an exciting, fast-paced account of a quintessentially American story that affects us all."―Lee Smith, author of Guests on Earth

"Beth Macy sees twists and subtleties that other journalists can't see, and she writes about the world around her with grit, honesty and remarkable grace. She has a police detective's diligence and determination, a poet's way with words, and a born storyteller's gift for spot-on narrative."―Martin Clark, author of The Legal Limit

"An Appalachian Random Family.... Macy digs in all directions, visiting company towns without companies, unearthing family secrets, and explaining the economic forces that determine our lives."―Boris Kachka, New York Magazine

"Factory Man deserves to be read for anyone wanting to wrap their heads around the present-day dynamics and politics of globalisation. Macy's book is an important read...."―Shawn Donnan, Financial Times

"This business book, laced with Byzantine intrigue, has "made for Hollywood" stamped all over it."―Cecil Johnson, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Boisterous.... Factory Man is a Big Tale of a Big Man doing Big Things, and a rebuke to those who would declare American manufacturing dead."―Earl Pike, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Factory Man deserves to be read for anyone wanting to wrap their heads around the present day dynamics and politics of globalization."―Shawn Donnan, Los Angeles Times

"Spirited, meticulously researched and well-written.... A page-turning tale that covers the company's history, family squabbles and the black-sheep son who rescued the company through pluck, persistence and political wrangling."―Margaret Jaworski, Success Magazine

"A well-crafted and epic tale.... Artfully told."―Marc Levinson, The Wall Street Journal

"A remarkable work.... Rarely, if ever, have I read a piece of book journalism that was more painstakingly researched or more compellingly transferred to the printed page.... It's as much about people as it is about bedroom suites and international commerce, and that human touch imbues it with the flesh and heart that sets it apart from most nonfiction."―Jeff DeBell, The Roanoke Times

A "deeply nuanced portrayal of the effects of globalization on a single company.... Exhaustively researched."―Chris Serres, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"John Bassett's story has everything. An extraordinary dynasty, a relevant and inspiring message, and one of the best heroes I've read about in years. It works on every level, from the most personal betrayal to the realities of the global economy, from the struggle of one worker in a small Appalachian town to the future of our cultural as a whole. Part of me wishes I'd found John Bassett III, because this is powerful stuff, but it's obvious the story is in excellent hands with Beth Macy. Sometimes the right writer comes along with the right story at the right time. This is clearly that book."―Bret Witter, author of Dewey and Until Tuesday

"In a compelling and meticulously researched narrative, Macy follows the story from the Blue Ridge Mountains to China and Indonesia, chronicling [John] Bassett's tireless work to revive his company, and with it, an American town."―Garden & Gun

"A bracing saga.... Macy is an engaging writer."―Michael Boodro, Elle Decor

"It's a must-read just for its look at what happens at home when we send jobs overseas and how we all play a role. This one is a page-turner."―DesignSponge

"A triumph.... Get Factory Man and take your time with it. It's a big ol' delicious toasted sandwich of a book."―Kurt Rheinheimer, The Roanoker

"I've been reading Beth Macy for years. She is a great American writer. She sees everything, all the precious detail. A few years back, as the world was collapsing around us, she did a story on the temp who was answering phones at a hotline for those in financial hot water. The temp was this immense hero in all these ways that nobody else would have ever recognized. Of course, Macy never called her a hero. She just let the story do the work."―Roland Lazenby, author of Michael Jordan

Beth Macy "got the story of a lifetime. And she wrote this book in the "Seabiscuit" tradition, combining the power of truth-that's-stranger-than-fiction with the colorful verve of a novel."―Janet Maslin, New York Times

Présentation de l'éditeur

The instant New York Times bestseller about one man's battle to save hundreds of jobs by demonstrating the greatness of American business.

The Bassett Furniture Company was once the world's biggest wood furniture manufacturer. Run by the same powerful Virginia family for generations, it was also the center of life in Bassett, Virginia. But beginning in the 1980s, the first waves of Asian competition hit, and ultimately Bassett was forced to send its production overseas.

One man fought back: John Bassett III, a shrewd and determined third-generation factory man, now chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co, which employs more than 700 Virginians and has sales of more than $90 million. In FACTORY MAN, Beth Macy brings to life Bassett's deeply personal furniture and family story, along with a host of characters from an industry that was as cutthroat as it was colorful. As she shows how he uses legal maneuvers, factory efficiencies, and sheer grit and cunning to save hundreds of jobs, she also reveals the truth about modern industry in America.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3690 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 451 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0316231436
  • Editeur : Little, Brown and Company (15 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00LCJXL86
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Addresses Our Key Economic and Emotional Health Issues 15 juillet 2014
Par George Bush - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Offshoring eliminated 673,000 jobs from American furniture makers and related firms, per author Macy. (I certainly believe it, having driven through areas of North Carolina over a period of years, and witnessed the drastic decline in functioning furniture factories in the early 2000s.) Between 2001 - 12, 63,300 U.S. factories closed and five million associated American factory jobs went away.

Author Macy 's book begins with a focus on the effects of offshoring on America's working class, zeroing in on the Appalachian regions of Virginia and North Carolina that once monopolized the market. She contends that Thomas Friedman 'and other free-trade cheerleaders' have little grasp of the human cost of their theories. The most obvious, to one traveling through that region, is that of economic decline within that region.

The 'hero' in all this is John Bassett III (JBIII), grandson of the Bassett Furniture Co. (once the world's largest wood furniture manufacturer with 14 plants in several Southern states) founder and the firm's current president. He turns down a Chinese company's offer to make his products at lower costs - there's no question about the Chinese company's ability to do so because it's already making identical products for its own customers. This is equivalent to modern-day economic heresy. JBIII then undertakes an expensive lawsuit against Chinese furniture manufacturers, contending their actions violate WTO anti-dumping regulations. JBIII hoped that duties of 30 - 40% would be imposed, per the Tariff Act of 1930. Unfortunately, his fellow furniture manufacturing CEO peers, along with 90% of the economists consulted opposed JBIII's proposal to impose tariffs and argued that stopping unfair competition would simply move the problem somewhere else.

Ultimately JBIII won his case; however, the Byrd Amendment was revised so that those duties were then given to the U.S. Treasury, rather than the affected firms. (JBIII used most of the monies gained by his firm to pay legal fees and help set up a new healthcare option for employees. He also worked to improve processes and speed operations within his plant.) The real winners, however, turned out to be the lawyers. Author Macy estimated they raked in $50-60 million to-date, from both sides of the issue. And there's still the possibility of appeals. It was disheartening to me to realize how our own trade representatives actually work against the interests of American workers, and how complicated the whole issue has become. Further, some companies simply fail to pay assessed duties - either by failing to file the appropriate paperwork, or simply going out of business without paying and then rising again under a new name.)

Ultimately JBIII's efforts saves some 700 jobs and his Vaughan-Bassett company - our largest wood bedroom furniture maker.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beth Macy NAILED it! 23 juillet 2014
Par Patricia L. Abbitt - Publié sur Amazon.com
I grew up in Basssett, Virginia....babysat for Pat and John Bassett.... graduated from John D. Bassett High School...and married an heir of Bassett Furniture Company. Jane and Bob Spilman visited our home. Daddy, the only dentist in town, sometimes differed with Mr. Bassett on the topics that should be discussed from the pulpit at the Methodist Church. Macy described the life in the unincorporated company town perfectly....

Macy captured Bassett's spirit in its heydey, its small town values and attributes...Macy also has captured Bassett in its current tragic state of devastating unemployment, empty majestic churches and long lines at the food banks.......her description of a "ghost town" is hauntingly correct. Her book was impossible for me to put down.....an impeccably researched description of the loss of industry jobs in America and one man's war to keep the jobs in his community.

I feel great gratitude that the stories of Bassett, Virginia, Bassett Furniture Company, and John D. Bassett III, have been told so well.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wow! 16 juillet 2014
Par DCist - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I read about this book in the "New York Times" a week or so ago and downloaded it this morning. It sounded like it shared some characteristics with other books I have enjoyed that explain some of the economic characteristics of different products and put them in a global context - books like "Extra Virgin" (about olive oil) and "Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy". I told myself I'd read the first chapter this morning, then put it down until tonight.

I emerged six hours later.

My god, this book is AMAZING. Everyone who cares about communities, or about the economy, must read it. It makes me want to question every decision we make about trade agreements, retail purchases, federal subsidies, labor laws, and tax policy. Thank heavens for Bassett, who didn't drink the Koolaid - and for Beth Macy, who has managed to humanize modern global economics and make it understandable for everyone.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Factory Man is a treasure trove of well researched facts ... 15 juillet 2014
Par Dotsy Clifton - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Factory Man is a treasure trove of well researched facts, complex compelling characters, insight and wit, a business book that had me up at 5 am to find out what happens next! Macy brings the furniture industry, the industrialists, the factory workers, the suppliers, the salesmen and citizens of these factory towns alive. I found these people sitting in my car, accompanying me down the street, sharing a space at my dinner table the whole time I was reading the book; I couldn't get them or the complexities of globalization out of my mind. This book stays with you. Whether you come to this book knowing or caring a whit about the furniture industry and/or globalization, you will find Factory Man a delightful, thought provoking, illuminating read by an author, who through painstaking research and an uncanny ability to earn the trust of persons high and low has created a unique and important contribution to the literature on the effects of globalization, from a vantage point often ignored by ivory tower academics and economists, a lively counterpoint to Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A well researched and superbly written story about Americana 15 juillet 2014
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
What an interesting and great story, told superbly by the author. I have been involved in the furniture industry for 24+ years, working for both the importers and the domestic manufactures. I have lived through the "furniture tariff wars" and I watched the industry create a "civil war" like atmosphere. The story that Beth Macy tells is well researched and truthful. However, it is the picture of the personal losses, fortitude, courage and hardships that she paints, that is so mesmerizing. Anyone who has not been sleeping under a rock for the last 25 years, has heard all of the benefits of "globalization" to the American consumer. While a global economy is an unstoppable force, there are "equal and opposite forces" that should be considered. Factory Man brings the "globalization" down to a personal level. Read the book to see just how real people, and entire communities, can be devastated by jobs lost to Asian companies which are subsidized by their governments.

The fight that John Bassett III put up to save his factories, keep the company's employees working and keep those communities alive, is nothing less than heroic. This book would make an interesting Hollywood movie...
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