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Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 1878-1968
Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line by Ben Hamper
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Rocket Boys (The Coalwood Series #1) by Homer Hickam
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About meI was raised in Western Pennsylvania of working class people (coal miners and steel workers). The first time I lived in accomodations that had indoor plumbing was in Navy boot camp. I worked in a pick and shovel coal mine from age 11 to age 16. Paid my own way through Penn State. Received a scholarship to the University of Southern California.Spent the next 20 years working management jobs at big corporations. Got sick of corporate bull 23 years ago and started a small business with my wife in Cincinnati. Still at it. Started writing "A Savage Factory" in 1979 about working in an auto plant when they were a cross between an insane asylum and a battleground, and the quality of American cars was an international disgrace. Just finished it, 30 years after I began. We have a dog, 6 cats rescued from under dumpsters, 3 kids, 1 grandson. I like to garden and for at least 15 years grew virtually all the veggies for my family. Heat the house with wood I cut and spit by hand.Not big on consumerism. Very distressed by the direction our country is taking.
About my libraryI enjoy mostly nonfiction books that paint a true picture of life today, yesterday, and tomorrow. Not a big fiction reader. Fascinated by the mess that the Big Three has created, since I spent years of frustration in an auto plant and could see the American auto buyer being driven to purchase foreign cars in a search for quality. I like World War II books and movies, and books about people from Appalachia learning to fit in to modern life.
Real nameRobert Dewar
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Member sinceMar 17, 2009
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