By Cecelia Tichi
From robber barons to mammoth CEOs, from the exertions unrest of the Eighties to the mass layoffs of the Nineties, American Gilded Ages--one within the early 1900s, one other within the ultimate years of the 20th century--mirror one another of their laissez-faire extra and rampant social crises. either eras have ignited the civic passions of investigative writers who've drafted diagnostic blueprints for urgently wanted swap. The compelling narratives of the muckrakers--Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell, Lincoln Steffens, and Ray Stannard Baker between them--became best-sellers and prize-winners 100 years in the past; this day, Cecelia Tichi notes, they've got came upon their beneficial successors in writers similar to Barbara Ehrenreich, Eric Schlosser, and Naomi Klein. In Exposes and extra Tichi explores the 2 Gilded a while throughout the lens in their muckrakers. Drawing from her substantial and wide-ranging paintings in American experiences, Tichi information how the writers of the 1st muckraking iteration used fact-based narratives in magazines comparable to McClure's to evoke the U.S. public to civic motion in an period of unbridled business capitalism and worry of the barbarous immigrant "dangerous classes." delivering a damning cultural research of the hot Gilded Age, Tichi depicts a booming, insecure, castle the US of bulked up child strollers, McMansion housing, and an obsession with money-as-lifeline in an period of deregulation, yawning source of revenue gaps, and idolatry of the industry and its rock-star CEOs. not anyone has captured this era of corrosive growth extra acutely than the crowd of nonfiction writers who burst at the scene within the past due Nineties with their exposes of the fast-food undefined, the area of low-wage paintings, insufficient overall healthiness care,corporate branding, and the multi-billion-dollar criminal undefined. And nowhere have those authors--Ehrenreich, Schlosser, Klein, Laurie Garrett, and Joseph Hallinan--revealed extra approximately their emergence as writers and the connections among journalism and literary narrative than within the wealthy and insightful interviews that around out the ebook. With ardour and wit, Exposes and extra brings a literary style brand new at a second while the USA has long gone again to the longer term.