Factory Man

Author: Beth Macy
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 1447295455
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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.

Factory Man

Author: Beth Macy
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 0316231568
Size: 22.49 MB
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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.

Factory Man How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring Stayed Local And Helped Save An American Town A 37 Minute Bathroom Genius Summary

Author: Bern Bolo
Publisher: BLVNP Incorporated
ISBN: 1680303104
Size: 58.49 MB
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We know that your "time is valuable", so we keep it short and concise. Know the "CORE IDEAS" and PICTURE how one man battles to save HUNDREDS of jobs by demonstrating the greatness of American Business. From the original book, Factory man, this summary is a good self-help for Management and Leadership. Important Lessons You Learn in this summary: - Learn how he kept his workers employed. - Compare your freedom NOW from CENTURIES AGO. - How John Bassett III refused to go with the trend of offshoring and keep his factory open. - How he refused to be one of the victims and faced the battle head on. More Inside This Summary: - Valuable lessons from the original book. - A complete overview of the entire book, which can massively help you. - Funny quotes that relates to each lesson of each chapter that keeps your reading "FUN". - Step-by-step principle guides to help you apply these concepts in your business. Why you must Read this summary? Because it lets you see the significant events that shaped the future of furniture companies in the United States, particularly that of Bassett Furniture. PLEASE NOTE: This is a 37-minute summary of Factory Man and NOT the original book. Bern Bolo "The Bathroom Genius"

Truevine

Author: Beth Macy
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0316337560
Size: 52.12 MB
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back. The year was 1899 and the place a sweltering tobacco farm in the Jim Crow South town of Truevine, Virginia. George and Willie Muse were two little boys born to a sharecropper family. One day a white man offered them a piece of candy, setting off events that would take them around the world and change their lives forever. Captured into the circus, the Muse brothers performed for royalty at Buckingham Palace and headlined over a dozen sold-out shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. They were global superstars in a pre-broadcast era. But the very root of their success was in the color of their skin and in the outrageous caricatures they were forced to assume: supposed cannibals, sheep-headed freaks, even "Ambassadors from Mars." Back home, their mother never accepted that they were "gone" and spent 28 years trying to get them back. Through hundreds of interviews and decades of research, Beth Macy expertly explores a central and difficult question: Where were the brothers better off? On the world stage as stars or in poverty at home? TRUEVINE is a compelling narrative rich in historical detail and rife with implications to race relations today.

Losing The News

Author: Alex Jones
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199720568
Size: 54.45 MB
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In Losing the News, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex S. Jones offers a probing look at the epochal changes sweeping the media, changes which are eroding the core news that has been the essential food supply of our democracy. At a time of dazzling technological innovation, Jones says that what stands to be lost is the fact-based reporting that serves as a watchdog over government, holds the powerful accountable, and gives citizens what they need. In a tumultuous new media era, with cutthroat competition and panic over profits, the commitment of the traditional news media to serious news is fading. Indeed, as digital technology shatters the old economic model, the news media is making a painful passage that is taking a toll on journalistic values and standards. Journalistic objectivity and ethics are under assault, as is the bastion of the First Amendment. Jones characterizes himself not as a pessimist about news, but a realist. The breathtaking possibilities that the web offers are undeniable, but at what cost? Pundits and talk show hosts have persuaded Americans that the crisis in news is bias and partisanship. Not so, says Jones. The real crisis is the erosion of the iron core of news, something that hurts Republicans and Democrats alike. Losing the News depicts an unsettling situation in which the American birthright of fact-based, reported news is in danger. But it is also a call to arms to fight to keep the core of news intact. Praise for the hardcover: "Thoughtful." --New York Times Book Review "An impassioned call to action to preserve the best of traditional newspaper journalism." --The San Francisco Chronicle "Must reading for all Americans who care about our country's present and future. Analysis, commentary, scholarship and excellent writing, with a strong, easy-to-follow narrative about why you should care, makes this a candidate for one of the best books of the year." --Dan Rather

St Dale

Author: Sharyn McCrumb
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN: 0758267673
Size: 65.66 MB
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From a New York Times–bestselling author: Strangers come together on a tour of Southern stock car speedways—“This is a bus trip you don’t want to miss” (Lee Smith). Two sisters—one reluctant, one enthusiastic—are about to take their annual vacation together, boarding a silver cruise bus for the Dale Earnhardt Memorial Pilgrimage. Among the others on the journey are Shane McKee, who wants to get married at the speedway with the legendary NASCAR racer, his personal hero, there in spirit; Terence Palmer, a New York stockbroker who has made the trip to honor his only link with the father he never knew; and the Rev. Bill Knight, whose hobby is medieval pilgrimages and who has agreed to chaperone a seriously ill child. As the bus rolls down an uncertain road, prayers will be answered, secrets will be revealed, bonds will be forged—and no one will leave this journey of self-discovery quite the same. Filled with “wonderful characters” (Richmond Times-Dispatch), this novel by the award-winning author of The Ballad of Tom Dooley and The Unquiet Grave is “a present-day, blue-collar comedy dealing with spirituality, stock cars, and shaky lives . . . one of McCrumb’s finer achievements” (The Denver Post). “Though there is plenty of stock-car minutiae scattered throughout, this isn’t a novel about Dale Earnhardt Sr.; rather, it’s about the way that regular folks sometimes use sports heroes to sustain their faith in their own ability to achieve what they want in life. In her celebrated ballad series, McCrumb uses the folkways of Appalachia to express the resiliency of the human spirit. In a very different context, she accomplishes the same goal here.” —Booklist “Chaucer meets NASCAR . . . St. Dale is just plain fun.” —The Anniston Star (Alabama) “An incredibly enjoyable read.” —Kyle Petty

The Hard Way On Purpose

Author: David Giffels
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451692757
Size: 69.99 MB
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Award-winning author and journalist David Giffels explores the meaning of identity and place, hamburgers, hard work, and basketball in this collection of wry, irreverent essays reflecting on the many aspects of Midwestern culture and life from an insider’s perspective. In The Hard Way on Purpose, David Giffels takes us on an insider’s journey through the wreckage and resurgence of America’s Rust Belt. A native who never knew the good times, yet never abandoned his hometown of Akron, Giffels plumbs the touchstones and idiosyncrasies of a region where industry has fallen, bowling is a legitimate profession, bizarre weather is the norm, rock ’n’ roll is desperate, thrift store culture thrives, and sports is heartbreak. Intelligent, humorous, and warm, Giffels’s linked essays are about coming of age in the Midwest and about the stubborn, optimistic, and resourceful people who prevail there.

One Billion Customers

Author: James McGregor
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 074325841X
Size: 63.47 MB
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A blueprint for doing business successfully in the rapidly growing Chinese consumer market shares insight into China's remarkable emergence as a global economic power, the nation's seemingly contradictory business practices, and the experiences of high-profile foreign companies and businesspeople. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

Working Capital Management

Author: Lorenzo Preve
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199889996
Size: 55.73 MB
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Working Capital Management provides a general framework that will help managers understand working capital using a comprehensive approach that links operating decisions to their financial implications and to the overall business strategy. It will also help managers to gain a better understanding of the key drivers to profitability and value creation.

Behemoth A History Of The Factory And The Making Of The Modern World

Author: Joshua B. Freeman
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393246329
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A sweeping, global history of the rise of the factory and its effects on society. We live in a factory-made world: modern life is built on three centuries of advances in factory production, efficiency, and technology. But giant factories have also fueled our fears about the future since their beginnings, when William Blake called them "dark Satanic mills." Many factories that operated over the last two centuries—such as Homestead, River Rouge, and Foxconn—were known for the labor exploitation and class warfare they engendered, not to mention the environmental devastation caused by factory production from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution up to today. In a major work of scholarship that is also wonderfully accessible, celebrated historian Joshua B. Freeman tells the story of the factory and examines how it has reflected both our dreams and our nightmares of industrialization and social change. He whisks readers from the textile mills in England that powered the Industrial Revolution and the factory towns of New England to the colossal steel and car plants of twentieth-century America, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union and on to today’s behemoths making sneakers, toys, and cellphones in China and Vietnam. The giant factory, Freeman shows, led a revolution that transformed human life and the environment. He traces arguments about factories and social progress through such critics and champions as Marx and Engels, Charles Dickens, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Ford, and Joseph Stalin. He chronicles protests against standard industry practices from unions and workers’ rights groups that led to shortened workdays, child labor laws, protection for organized labor, and much more. In Behemoth, Freeman also explores how factories became objects of great wonder that both inspired and horrified artists and writers in their time. He examines representations of factories in the work of Charles Sheeler, Margaret Bourke-White, Charlie Chaplin, Diego Rivera, and Edward Burtynsky. Behemoth tells the grand story of global industry from the Industrial Revolution to the present. It is a magisterial work on factories and the people whose labor made them run. And it offers a piercing perspective on how factories have shaped our societies and the challenges we face now.