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by John Strohmeyer

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Author:
John Strohmeyer
ISBN13:
978-0140103700
ISBN:
0140103708
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Publisher:
Penguin Books (December 6, 1987)
Subcategory:
Politics & Government
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Crisis in Bethlehem is a good read as the story moves quickly from Bethlehem Steel's humble beginnings .

Crisis in Bethlehem is a good read as the story moves quickly from Bethlehem Steel's humble beginnings, through its meteoric rise, its agonizingly steady years of decline, to its immediate and utter destruction that occurred, historically speaking, in just one hour. Not only does Strohmeyer tell of the rise and collapse of Bethlehem Steel using the prism of international economic forces, he fairly weighs the inefficiency of the firm. Can it happen to us again - maybe in the petroleum industry? Perhaps we should keep Strohmeyer's voice alive in the 21st century by reading his saga about the 20th century American steel business. 8 people found this helpful.

He evaluates the self-indulgence of both the unions and industry management and movingly describes the human agony caused by the failure of steel.

Fast-paced as any novel, it is a must for anyone - which should mean everyone - who is concerned about the future of America's basic economy.

First issued in 1986, the book is more significant than ever.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press. First issued in 1986, the book is more significant than ever. eISBN: 978-0-8229-7971-5. Subjects: History, Business.

Crisis in Bethlehem is a very human story of blind faith in a shortsighted, near-obsolete corporate system and of the tragic societal impact when the dinosaur collapsed. Strohmeyer backs up his facts and conclusions with insights gained from over 100 interviews with former and workers. In the end we have a fascinating and important story of a sea change in America's business Life.

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CRISIS IN BETHLEHEM: Big Steel's Struggle to Survive. Nevertheless, more than most books on the steel industry, ''Crisis in Bethlehem'' conveys the extraordinary physical dangers of steelmaking. The author dishes out plenty of criticism of both labor (for its insistence on wasteful work rules) and management (for its slowness to modernize) and concludes that if the American steel industry is to survive, workers and executives must replace combat with cooperation.

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Strohmeyer was born in Boston, Massachusetts. After working as a night reporter for the now-defunct Bethlehem Globe-Times of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania while attending Moravian College, he spent three years in the United States Navy during World War II, ultimately attaining the rank of lieutenant

Pulitzer Prize winner John Strohmeyer’s account of the collapse of Bethlehem Steel.  As editor of the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Globe-Times from 1956 to 1984, Strohmeyer followed the steel industry from the height of its power through its decline.  He evaluates the self-indulgence of both the unions and industry management and movingly describes the human agony caused by the failure of steel.  His account is reinforced by over one hundred interviews with steelworkers, union leaders, steel executives, and industry analysts.  First issued in 1986, the book is more significant than ever.  In this edition, Strohmeyer includes an update on steel today.
  • This book is required reading for a very interesting college course on the American Work Experience I took online through Northampton Community College. One of the course segments was on the rise and fall of the American steel industry, specifically, Bethlehem Steel. More than just a "macro" overview, Strohmeyer adds interesting personal testimonies from a wide variety of the stakeholders associated with this Bethlehem giant to better paint a clearer understanding of what caused the collapse of this once uber-powerful steel industry conglomerate---once the envy of the world. Crisis in Bethlehem is a good read as the story moves quickly from Bethlehem Steel's humble beginnings, through its meteoric rise, its agonizingly steady years of decline, to its immediate and utter destruction that occurred, historically speaking, in just one hour.

    Not only does Strohmeyer tell of the rise and collapse of Bethlehem Steel using the prism of international economic forces, he fairly weighs the inefficiency of the firm. He highlights terminal marketing and manufacturing missteps without getting bogged down in technicalese and unnecessary details. But Strohmeyer emotionally connected me to this once great company's plight by offering a rare glimpse into to dark side of mankind, from the local and national politicians, watchdogs, federal regulators to the union bosses, senior management, middle management and perspective of its blue collar workers, all of whom shared a common sin that clouded their minds from reality and the truth---their love for money and power. Their lust for personal enrichment led to the short-lived feast on the Bethlehem goose that laid the golden egg.

    In conclusion, the good news is that Strohmeyer's memorial of Bethlehem Steel makes it obvious how a monumental tragedy like this could be prevented in the future...by the implementing of higher moral principles of all people involved. The bad news is: A flawed human condition and man's depravity cannot be fixed by another flawed man.

  • Strohmeyer, who passed on in 2010, demonstrated superior journalistic and literary chops in sharing his decades-long, birds-eye view of the collapse of a business that many of us whose lives were touched by it, felt would never go away.

    Who was most responsible for the demise of this American behemoth: Unions? Management? Government? Strohmeyer presents enough evidence to let us decide. It's a scholarly read because it is so well-researched and so many primary sources are included - and, because it is so authoritative and well-written, it is deeply personal.

    An enterprise may be measured by financial statements and defined by its products, services and markets; but a business is also people, communities, and, for better or worse, a set of values and relationships between the people who toil at every level. This is true no matter how big the business; no matter its perceived importance to the nation. Strohmeyer embraced all of this. Perhaps he wrote so excellently because of his personal connection to the company. Maybe the book hit me so hard because of mine.

    Having grown up a few miles from the huge Lackawanna, N.Y. steelmaking facility that was silenced once and for all in 1983, I'm one of tens if not hundreds of thousands, haunted by memories of what once was a place so loud, busy and fiery we thought as kids that monsters would eat us if we got too close. At one time, twenty-one thousand of our dads (and a few moms) made their living at this plant. Hundreds of other businesses for dozens of miles around owed their existence to it. Fast-forward to images of the same place lying desolate by the mid-80s - and now in 2014, a current drive-by of the land where Bethlehem once made metal for the weapons that helped America win two world wars as well as so many buildings, highways, and cars.

    Can it happen to us again - maybe in the petroleum industry? Perhaps we should keep Strohmeyer's voice alive in the 21st century by reading his saga about the 20th century American steel business.

  • a story of industrial America that everyone should know. This book tells a story of a time in America often forgotten. When American steel in Pennsylvania supported whole towns for generations and generations. A reminder of what made America great. A great read for the younger generation that probably doesn't have a clue of the milestone factories in the great American Industrial Revolution. The book also takes a glimpse of what led to the decline and eventual collapse of big steel in America. Although we are still a major producer, we hold only a fraction of the market share/dominance that we once had.

  • I picked this up at Amazon as a used book. It was inexpensive. It is extremely well written and I would recommend it for anyone in the northeast or from a steel producing region.

  • My grandfather, 3 uncles and my father worked at the Bethlehem Steel. My father has interesting personal stories that make it seem like it all happened yesterday. He can also tell you about the union and management issues. I am trying to get him to write them down because this is a piece of American history that is lost. I bought this book and 3 others as a surprise for him. Thank you.

  • Easy to read history of the struggles faced by the steel industry ... competition from abroad as well as demands of the unions.

  • Great synopsis of Bethlehem Steel

  • My adult son loves this book and has read it many times. While in college, my daughter had to purchase and read this book, she then passed it on to my son. It quickly became one of his favorite reads. I made the mistake of loaning it out, and when it wasn't returned, I purchased another copy for him. This time I got the hard cover version, as it is a keeper.