Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Aug 9, 2010 - Social Science - 320 pages
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The Midwest has always been the heart of America-both its economic bellwether and the repository of its national identity. Now, in a new, globalized age, the Midwest is challenged as never before. With an influx of immigrant workers and an outpouring of manufacturing jobs, the region that defines the American self-the Lake Wobegon image of solid, hardworking farmers and factory hands-is changing at breakneck speed. As factory farms and global forces displace old ways of life, the United States is being transformed literally from the inside out.
In Caught in the Middle, longtime Chicago Tribune reporter Richard C. Longworth explores the new reality of life in today's heartland and reveals what these changes mean for the region-and the country. Ranging from the manufacturing collapse that has crippled the Midwest to the biofuels revolution that may save it, and from the school districts struggling with new migrants to the Iowa meatpacking town that can't survive without them, Longworth addresses what's right and what's wrong in the region, and offers a prescription for how it must change-politically as well as economically-if it is to survive and prosper.

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CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Nearly three years after Thomas L. Friedman famously declared the world "flat," a former Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent and native Iowan examines the Midwest's struggle with the new world ... Read full review

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User Review  - billiecat - LibraryThing

Longworth's observations are, as far as this carpet-bagging son of the Midwest now living in the South can tell, accurate and well-described. But except for more documentation of the misery in the ... Read full review


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Now a fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Richard C. Longworth was an award-winning foreign correspondent and senior writer at the Chicago Tribune. His previous book, Global Squeeze, was lauded by Foreign Affairs as "an engrossing study of how advanced societies grapple with the disruptive forces of global markets." Twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist, Longworth lives in Chicago.

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