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Paperback | June 9, 2015

byBeth Macy

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The instantNew York Timesbestseller about one man's battle to save hundreds of jobs by demonstrating the greatness of American business.

The Bassett Furniture Company was once the world's biggest wood furniture manufacturer. Run by the same powerful Virginia family for generations, it was also the center of life in Bassett, Virginia. But beginning in the 1980s, the first waves of Asian competition hit, and ultimately Bassett was forced to send its production overseas.

One man fought back: John Bassett III, a shrewd and determined third-generation factory man, now chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co, which employs more than 700 Virginians and has sales of more than $90 million. In FACTORY MAN, Beth Macy brings to life Bassett's deeply personal furniture and family story, along with a host of characters from an industry that was as cutthroat as it was colorful. As she shows how he uses legal maneuvers, factory efficiencies, and sheer grit and cunning to save hundreds of jobs, she also reveals the truth about modern industry in America.

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The instantNew York Timesbestseller about one man's battle to save hundreds of jobs by demonstrating the greatness of American business.The Bassett Furniture Company was once the world's biggest wood furniture manufacturer. Run by the same powerful Virginia family for generations, it was also the center of life in Bassett, Virginia. Bu...

Beth Macywrites about outsiders and underdogs. Her work has appeared in national magazines andThe Roanoke Times,where her reporting has won more than a dozen national awards, including a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.25 inPublished:June 9, 2015Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031623141X

ISBN - 13:9780316231411

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Beth Macy "got the story of a lifetime. And she wrote this book in the "Seabiscuit" tradition, combining the power of truth-that's-stranger-than-fiction with the colorful verve of a novel."-Janet Maslin, New York Times