Following the flight of one woman's factory job from the United States to Mexico, this compelling work offers a revealing and unprecedented look at the flesh-and-blood consequences of globalization.
In this absorbing and affecting narrative history, investigative journalist William M. Adler traces the migration of one factory job as it passes from the cradle of American industry, Paterson, New Jersey, to rural Mississippi during the turmoil of the civil rights movement, to the burgeoning border city of Matamoros, Mexico. The story of Mollie James, Dorothy Carter, and Balbina Duque, their company, and their communities provides an ideal prism through which to explore the larger issues at the heart of the new economy: the decline of unions and the middle class, the growing gap between rich and poor, public policies rewarding U.S. companies for transferring jobs abroad, and the ways in which "free trade" undermines stable businesses and communities.
Combining a deft historian's touch with first-rate reporting, "Mollie's Job" is a provocative and fresh perspective on the global economy -- at a time when downsizing is unraveling the American Dream for many working families.
Michael King The Texas Observer You will simply be astonished by the whole of Mollie's Job. This is a book of impressive historical imagination. Samuel G. Freedman The Washington Post By writing the biography of a single job, Adler has made a vital contribution to the debate over globalization. David Mulcahey Chicago Tribune Engrossing. [Adler's] skillful and humane reporting is in the best tradition of documentary journalism, making the human toll of contemporary capitalism palpable.