Glass House by Brian Alexander

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Brian Alexander is an american journalist and author born in Lancaster, Ohio. Glass House is his latest economics essay (February 2017). Discover his biography and his book, as well as ratings, opinions, comments, and more about the book.

Brian Alexander has written about American culture for decades.

A former contributing editor to Wired magazine, he has been two times finalist for the National Magazine Award. He has also been recognized by Medill School of Journalism’s John Bartlow Martin awards for public interest journalism, the Association of Healthcare Journalists, and other organizations. Today he write books, mostly, and contributes regularly to as well as Outside and other magazines.

It was his dream to become a writer, and he fulfilled it although her mother wanted him to go to law school.

He wrote his first short story at age five. Since then, he has written for many magazines and newspapers like The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Science, Outside, Esquire. He spent five years as Glamour magazine’s Jake columnist, then became a contributing editor there. He was also a contributing editor at Wired where he covered biotechnology.

When a reporter once asked him why he writes what he writes, he answered: “I write what I write in hopes you’ll be interested. I am. Things get under my skin and I need to scratch” (his site:

Brian Alexander lives in California.

Let’s discover his latest essay: Glass House, #1 Best Seller in Amazon Industrial Relations Business category (published in February 2017).


In 1947, Forbes magazine declared Lancaster, Ohio the epitome of the all-American town. Today it is damaged, discouraged, and fighting for its future. In Glass House, journalist Brian Alexander uses the story of one town to show how seeds sown 35 years ago have sprouted to give us Trumpism, inequality, and an eroding national cohesion.

The Anchor Hocking Glass Company, once the world’s largest maker of glass tableware, was the base on which Lancaster’s society was built. As Glass House unfolds, bankruptcy looms. With access to the company and its leaders, and Lancaster’s citizens, Alexander shows how financial engineering took hold in the 1980s, accelerated in the 21st Century, and wrecked the company. We follow CEO Sam Solomon, an African-American leading the nearly all-white town’s biggest private employer, as he tries to rescue the company from the New York private equity firm that hired him. Meanwhile, Alexander goes behind the scenes, entwined with the lives of residents as they wrestle with heroin, politics, high-interest lenders, low wage jobs, technology, and the new demands of American life: people like Brian Gossett, the fourth generation to work at Anchor Hocking; Joe Piccolo, first-time director of the annual music festival who discovers the town relies on him, and it, for salvation; Jason Roach, who police believed may have been Lancaster’s biggest drug dealer; and Eric Brown, a local football hero-turned-cop who comes to realize that he can never arrest Lancaster’s real problems.

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  1. Alexander takes the example of Lancaster town to explain the whys and the wherefores of the deindustrialization. He shows us what happens when corporations care more about their wallets than about people. A very interesting book! Well researched. Well written too!

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