“The Big Squeeze is a wonderful, important, and timely book.”—Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation.

“Steve Greenhouse has written the essential economic book for 2008. Long before most analysts noticed the downturn, Greenhouse was reporting how troubled our economy looked from the bottom-up. A hugely talented reporter with a passion for justice, a shrewd student of the new economy and a brilliant guide to the contemporary labor movement, Greenhouse writes with clarity, energy and grace.”—E. J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post columnist

“In this shocking and important book, Steven Greenhouse explains and tells the stories of how U.S. workers are paying the price for the lower labor standards and wages that are the result of poorly-managed globalization.”—Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Prize-winning economist and professor at Columbia University

“An important and infuriating book . . . It's important and infuriating because it tells, in detail, how far we as a nation have sunk from the standards of workplace decency that once existed here.”—Chicago Tribune

“Excellent and relentless. . . . [We all] should read the stories of shameful treatment in Greenhouse’’s book.”—New York Review of Books

“As well-made as a Shaker chair, this book does a remarkable job of explaining the weight accumulating in the chests of so many American wage earners, and the forces behind it.”—Cleveland Plain-Dealer

New York Times labor correspondent Greenhouse drops a bombshell on local bookstores . . . Greenhouse’s clear and level prose is investigative journalism at its finest.”—Rocky Mountain News

“An excellent book . . . Greenhouse exhibits outrage and moral indignation and an idealism one doesn’t necessarily expect from a hard-bitten New York Times reporter.”--The Washington Monthly

“Riveting . . . a sobering examination of a growing American crisis, and . . . nothing short of brilliant.”—Tucson Citizen

“Greenhouse’s The Big Squeeze is a fresh, probing look at the critical issues facing both blue- and white-collar American workers . . . The Big Squeeze will be an eye-opener for many. Don’t miss it.”—Providence Journal

“As revealing as [the] statistics are, it is the nicely crafted personal experiences of dozens of workers that make the most compelling reading.”—San Diego Union Tribune

“We've read Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, and Studs Terkel’s Working and perhaps even Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed. None of these—not even these combined—prepare you for The Big Squeeze, written by Steven Greenhouse, the New York Times’ workplace and labor reporter since 1995. Marrying the best of these authors with deep research and meticulous reporting, he brings the picture of the American worker up to date and in sharp focus.”—Buffalo News

“Greenhouse’s interviews vividly remind us (that) no economic system can prosper in the long run if people who work hard and play by the rules cannot meet their basic needs.”—New York Times

"Well-written with clear themes and telling anecdotes . . . His best material vividly focuses on the always difficult and often abusive working conditions of low-paid employees . . . Such stories get far too little airing—and rarely are they so well told."—Business Week

"Greenhouse paints a wrenching protrait of decent people who, by no fault of their own, have been fired, demoted, downsized, displaced, abandoned . . . Greenhouse’s picture should unnerve anyone committed to a stable future for American democracy.”—American Conservative

“Greenhouse has mastered labor market economics in a way few journalists do . . . his profiles are . . . rich in evoking sympathy and understanding for workers who struggle to both adapt and resist . . . The Big Squeeze becomes the one essential book on today’s American workplace.”—Dissent Magazine

CLERGY AND CONGREGANTS--Interfaith Worker Justice has prepared an excellent Congregational Study Guide on The Big Squeeze. Click here


For the Chicago Tribune review, click here

For the New York Review of Books review, click here

For the New York Times review, click here

For the Washington Monthly review, click here

For the Cleveland Plain Dealer review, click here

For the Washington Post review, click here

For the Providence Journal review, click here

For the Business Week review, click here

For the San Francisco Chronicle review, click here

For the Religion Dispatches review, click here

For the Nicholas von Hoffman review in Truthdig, click here


On Point with Tom Ashbrook: Click here

Bob Edwards Weekend: Click here

Book TV on C-Span2: Click here

Democracy Now with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez: Click here

NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday: Click here


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