BOOK REVIEW

WORKED OVER:
The Corporate Sabotage of An American Community
Dimitra Doukas

Copyright 2003
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr; (April 2003)
ISBN: 0801488613
Here is the Reader Review written by the PHL  for Amazon.com:
As a history major with little knowledge of legal and economic technicalities, I have long puzzled over how such devices as "trusts" allowed large corporations to greedily gobble up the fruits of the industrial revolution. Now I know! This book should be a "must read" for anyone who has difficulty believing that we have long had class warfare in America. Enron et al have had a long history of exploiting the labor of the people who work for them, as well as the interests of the public . This book tells the story of one of the first such successful corporate sabatoge efforts ... but, sadly, not the last! Very well documented AND very readable. (I could almost hear the theme from "Jaws" as I read.) Quite a scholarly feat!
Here is an excerpt of the author's own words in the Introduction:
This is not a book of large-scale statistical arguments and the doings of famous people.  It studies the corporate ascendancy from the perspective of "ordinary" people in a Central New York State manufacturing region: how they used to live, how the corporations changed their lives, what people thought, what the corporate boosters tried to get them to think, and where they are today.  It is a study of great transformations at close range, through the lives of working people, the people most exposed to risk at the front lines of social change.
And a little more information for PHS readers:
Basically, this book tells the tale of the corporate "take-over" of a family-owned business in Ilion (Herkimer County) New York  For decades this family had operated its business in a manner that benefited the family and the community in which both they and the workers lived.  Once the company was taken over by corporate interests, it was run much the way most "absentee landlord" endeavors are run.  The result was disastrous for that community.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to better understand how
this happened -- because that process represents the beginning of a larger process which seriously threatens the welfare of American society (and perhaps the best interests of many other countries in the world)  today.  PHL