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A Sampling of Other Reviews

And the Wolf Finally Came
“[Hoerr’s] depiction of life in the mill towns of the Monongahela Valley in Pennsylvania has some of the tragic grandeur of  ‘Grapes of Wrath.’ And Hoerr tells the story in a quiet but intense voice that sometimes reminds of a ballad by Bruce Springsteen.” Jonathan Kirsch, “America’s Rusting Steel Industry,” Los Angeles Times, Sept. 14, 1988.

“…one thing is certain: when historians turn back to those events, they will find in John Hoerr’s book a contemporary account of unparalleled richness and insight. What might have been lost (or, indeed, never recorded) has through Hoerr’s immense efforts entered the permanent historical record.”  David Brody, labor historian, “On the Decline of American Steel,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History & Biography, CXIII: October 1989.

National Tube Works, McKeesport
Painting by Howard Fogg - Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

Harry, Tom and Father Rice
“John Hoerr has done a splendid job of recreating the atmosphere of the Red Scare, the damage it inflicted on many people’s lives, the ruthless battles that divided the CIO in Allegheny County, and the profound and enduring impact of that epoch on the labor movement and on the nation’s political life.” David Montgomery, labor historian, Yale University (comment on dust jacket). “… an ambitious, often riveting account of a neglected piece of history, Hoerr relates the story through the lives of three people whose fates intersect in a complex tale of almost Shakespearean proportions.” Scott Stephens, The Plain Dealer, November 27, 2005.