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Glass House

The 1% Economy and the Shattering of the All-American Town

by Brian Alexander

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    Feb 2017, 336 pages
    Jan 2018, 336 pages

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Journalist Brian Alexander uses the story of one town to show how seeds sown 35 years ago have sprouted to give us Trumpism, inequality, and an eroding national cohesion.

Brian Alexander's Glass House opens with the image of a cop, Eric Brown, a veteran of the force in Lancaster, Ohio, on the verge of tears about the drugs and crime that have infested the town he's sworn to protect. "The weight of it, the pressure, wanting to make things right…" Brown says, seemingly powerless in his attempts to articulate the sharp decline of this manufacturing town over the course of a half-century.

Following this and some other glimpses into contemporary life in Lancaster – the CEO working to undo decades of mismanagement, the young man who simultaneously hates and needs his glassworks job, the people who are working three jobs or who have fallen prey to opiates – Glass House turns back the clock to 1947, the year when Forbes magazine profiled Lancaster as the ideal all-American town. "This Is America," proclaimed the cover story. What ...

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