'Scrappers' book continues to make an impact as it documents the effects of deindustrialization.
In his book, Bennish soberingly chronicles the fall-out of lost manufacturing jobs. The book paints a grim picture of struggling workers in Ohio, and has drawn praise from the Wall Street' Journal's Real Time Economics blog. Reporter Tim Aeppel recently offered an excellent synopsis of the book:
They’re called “scrappers,” and Dayton Daily News reporter Steve Bennish has done a photojournalism book about them. They’re the ones who dig around abandoned factories, dive into dumpsters, and roam alleys looking for discarded scrap metal to sell to recyclers by the pound. Soda cans, old bicycles, disused car radiators — the sources are fairly endless, not all of them legal. Mr. Bennish estimates a full day of gathering earns them up to $60.
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