Recognition for Janesville
- Financial Times and McKinsey & Company Business Book of the Year. 2017.
- J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize Top award for narrative nonfiction. 2018.
- 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year. 2017.
- New York Times‘ notable books of 2017.
- The Washington Post’s 50 notable works of nonfiction in 2017.
- A National Public Radio favorite book of 2017.
- An Economist book of the year, 2017.
- A Business Insider best book of the year, 2017.
- One of former President Barack Obama’s top 10 reads of 2017.
- New York Times: “[M]oving and magnificently well-researched.” Read full book review »
- The Washington Post: “Goldstein… offers us a poignant, fugue-like account…[A] gripping account of the GM layoff, the real loss it caused and the victims’ heroic resilience in adapting to that loss.” Read full book review »
- The New Yorker: “Janesville is haunting in part because it’s a success story.” Read full book review »
- The Wall Street Journal: “energetically reported and sympathetically narrated.” Read full book review »
- The Boston Globe: “Janesville is a town like countless others, and this book offers a useful cautionary tale for public officials, sociologists, economists, and engaged citizens alike.” Read full book review »
- Philadelphia Inquirer: “a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the economy of the Rust Belt – and its implications for America’s once-proud middle class.” Read full book review »
- Commentary: “a raw, beautiful story, one that sheds needed light on a country searching for some pathway to the future.” Read full book review »
- Kirkus: “A simultaneously enlightening and disturbing look at working-class lives in America’s heartland.” Read full book review »
- Library Journal: “[D]eeply humane and deeply disturbing, timely and essential.” Read full book review »
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “While it highlights many moments of resilience and acts of compassion, Amy Goldstein’s ‘Janesville: An American Story’ also has a tragic feel. It depicts the noble striving of men and women against overpowering forces — in this case, economic ones.” Read full book review »
- Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Goldstein portrays the ups and downs of [Paul Ryan] in Janesville and Washington with great acuity. The stars of the book are the less famous folks…[JANESVILLE] never loses its zip. Along the way, [Goldstein] shatters a lot of conventional wisdom.” Read full book review »
Excerpt in The Washington Post
- It’s a slow, painful recovery for this former manufacturing town | PBS NewsHour, May 4, 2017
- New book looks at Janesville’s post-2008 struggles | GazetteXtra, April 19, 2017
- The Daily 202: Trump’s Wisconsin win was an aftershock of the Great Recession by James Hohmann | The Washington Post, April 18, 2017
- Life after GM by Judith Davidoff | Isthmus, April 18, 2017
- A saga of working-class struggle in ‘Janesville’ by Paul Fanlund | The Cap Times, April 17, 2017
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