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By Edward McClelland

the higher Midwest and nice Lakes sector turned the "arsenal of democracy"-the maximum production middle within the world-in the years in the course of and after international conflict II due to usual merits and a welcoming tradition. many years of exceptional prosperity undefined, memorably punctuated via riots, moves, burning rivers, and oil embargoes. a colourful, quintessentially American personality bloomed within the region's towns, suburbs, and backwaters.

But the innovation and that outlined the Rust Belt additionally helped to hasten its dying. An air conditioner invented in Upstate ny remodeled the South from a sweaty backwoods to a nonunionized business competitor. Japan and Germany recovered from their defeat to construct fuel-efficient automobiles within the stagnant Seventies. The tentpole factories that paid staff so good additionally stuffed the air with soot, and poisoned waters and soil. the roles drifted in other places, and plenty of of the folk quickly go well with.

Nothin' yet Blue Skies tells the tale of the way the country's business heartland grew, boomed, bottomed, and hopes to be reborn. via a propulsive mixture of storytelling and reportage, celebrated author Edward McClelland promises the increase, fall, and revival of the Rust Belt and its people.

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