Life on the Line

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Life on the Line

By Solange de Santis

Anchor Books, Paperback, 9780385489782, 288pp.

Publication Date: August 8, 1998

Description
"Engaging--. Terrific--. Takes us over the collar line with grace and authority."--"The New York Times"
As a veteran reporter throughout the "downsizing" years of the auto industry in the United States and Canada, Queens-born Solange De Santis covered her fair share of auto plant closings, but almost always from the management's point of view. That is, until this mid-career, mid-thirties, Ivy League-educated journalist quit her job to become an assembly-line autoworker.
She was hired at a doomed General Motors plant, and quickly learned about the bone-crushing realities and mitigated rewards of hard, physical work. In Life on the Line, De Santis offers a glimpse into a world that too many of us shy away from acknowledging, even as we accept the keys to our new cars. Completely candid, and as unexpectedly poignant as it is funny, Life on the Line will change the way you view blue-collar work and the cars on which we all depend.


Praise For Life on the Line

"Compelling--De Santis offers much insight into the various goings-on inside an industrial plant, from the differences between management and labor that foster mistrust and animosity to the intricacies of union politics."--New York Post