By Cecelia Tichi
From robber barons to mammoth CEOs, from the hard work unrest of the Eighties to the mass layoffs of the Nineties, American Gilded Ages--one within the early 1900s, one other within the ultimate years of the 20 th century--mirror one another of their laissez-faire extra and rampant social crises. either eras have ignited the civic passions of investigative writers who've drafted diagnostic blueprints for urgently wanted swap. The compelling narratives of the muckrakers--Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, and Ray Stannard Baker between them--became best-sellers and prize-winners 100 years in the past; at the present time, Cecelia Tichi notes, they've got discovered their priceless successors in writers akin to Barbara Ehrenreich, Eric Schlosser, and Naomi Klein. In Exposes and extra Tichi explores the 2 Gilded a long time throughout the lens in their muckrakers. Drawing from her substantial and wide-ranging paintings in American stories, Tichi info how the writers of the 1st muckraking iteration used fact-based narratives in magazines similar to McClure's to awaken the U.S. public to civic motion in an period of unbridled business capitalism and worry of the barbarous immigrant "dangerous classes." providing a damning cultural research of the recent Gilded Age, Tichi depicts a booming, insecure, citadel the USA of bulked up child strollers, McMansion housing, and an obsession with money-as-lifeline in an period of deregulation, yawning source of revenue gaps, and idolatry of the industry and its rock-star CEOs. not anyone has captured this era of corrosive increase extra acutely than the gang of nonfiction writers who burst at the scene within the past due Nineties with their exposes of the fast-food undefined, the area of low-wage paintings, insufficient overall healthiness care,corporate branding, and the multi-billion-dollar criminal undefined. And nowhere have those authors--Ehrenreich, Schlosser, Klein, Laurie Garrett, and Joseph Hallinan--revealed extra approximately their emergence as writers and the connections among journalism and literary narrative than within the wealthy and insightful interviews that around out the ebook. With ardour and wit, Exposes and extra brings a literary style brand new at a second whilst the USA has long gone again to the long run.
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