And the Wolf Finally Came
The Decline and Fall of the American Steel Industry
• Choice 1988 Outstanding Academic Book
• Named one of the Best Business Books of 1988 by USA Today
A veteran reporter of American labor analyzes the spectacular and tragic collapse of the steel industry in the 1980s. John Hoerr’s account of these events stretches from the industrywide barganing failures of 1982 to the crippling work stoppage at USX (U.S. Steel) in 1986-87. He interviewed scores of steelworkers, company managers at all levels, and union officials, and was present at many of the crucial events he describes. Using historical flashbacks to the origins of the steel industry, particularly in the Monongahela Valley of southwestern Pennsylvania, he shows how an obsolete and adversarial relationship between management and labor made it impossible for the industry to adapt to shattering changes in the global economy.
Praise For And the Wolf Finally Came: The Decline and Fall of the American Steel Industry…
—New York Times Book Review
"An enormous labor of love, John Hoerr's book comprehensively chronicles a national tragedy."
"One of the most important books on labor or business to appear in recent times."
"Hoerr's exhaustive study of the decline of the steel industry, particularly in the Monongahela Valley, is essential reading."
University of Pittsburgh Press, 9780822953982, 736pp.
Publication Date: July 6, 1988