Here is a list of books mentioned by Greenhouse in The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker, in case you want to learn more:
- Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
- The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream by Jacob S. Hacker
- Walter Reuther: The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit by Nelson Lichtenstein
- The Other America: Poverty in the United States by Michael Harrington
- The Organization Man by William H. Whyte
- In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies by Thomas J. Peters & Robert H. Waterman, Jr.
- Mean Business: How I Save Bad Companies and Make Good Companies Great by Al Dunlap
- Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution by Michael Hammer and James Champy
- Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy by Bill Gates
- The New Deal at Work: Managing the Market-Driven Workforce by Peter Cappelli
- Lean and Mean: Why Large Corporations Will Continue to Dominate the Global Economy by Bennett Harrison
- The New Ruthless Economy: Work and Power in the Digital Age by Simon Head
- White Collar Sweatshop: The Deterioration of Work and Its Reward in Corporate America by Jill Andresky Fraser
- The Disposable American: Layoffs and Their Consequences by Louis Uctitelle
- War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream and How to Fight Back by Lou Dobbs
- Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company by Andy Grove
- Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself by Daniel Pink
- Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price by Greg Spotts
- Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman by Yvon Chouinard
- The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work by Arlie Russell Hochschild
- The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman (click here to read my posts about this book)
- Globalization and Its Discontents by Joseph E. Stiglitz
- The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez by Jimmy Breslin
- The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (click here to read my posts about this book)
- Generation Debt: How Our Future Was Sold Out for Student Loans, Bad Jobs, NoBenefits, and Tax Cuts for Rich Geezers–And How to Fight Back by Anya Kamenetz
- Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead by Tamara Draut
- Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation by William Strauss
Not sure if I will actually read any of these.
I feel quite certain that labor relations must change if the United States is to remain competitive and the envy of the world, but reading about how poorly fellow Americans are treated just makes me sad.
Not sure how that change will be created but I do feel like the companies in Bo Burlingham’s Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big (one of my favorite books) are good examples of how companies should be run — for best profitability, happiness (click here to read a bit about this book) and likelihood for creating the “City on the Hill in which prosperity and fairness reigned” (as Greenhouse said on page 78).