Beaten Down, Worked Up — from longtime New York Times labor correspondent Steven Greenhouse — is an in-depth look at working men and women in America, the challenges they face, and how they can be re-empowered
Greenhouse writes in depth of the history and current state of American labor and specifically highlights labor unions.
Greenhouse “probably knows more about what is happening in the American workplace than anybody else in the country, having covered labor as a journalist for two decades,” said Zephyr Teachout in a review for The New York Times.
Teachout said Greenhouse “achieves a near-impossible task, producing a page-turning book that spans a century of worker strikes, without overcondensing or oversimplifying, and with plausible suggestions for the future.”
The review said Greenhouse “may be a great advocate for unions, but he has no patience for union insiders who have grown used to internal power, who ask for too little and focus too much attention on strategies designed to minimize damage.”