DEBORAH RUDACILLE’S ROOTS OF STEEL CHRONICLES THE DECLINE . . . OF SPARROWS POINT, OF BETHLEHEM STEEL AND OF AMERICAN MANUFACTURING

…at its best, Roots of Steel isn’t political or preaching—instead, it lets the Sparrows Point steelworkers tell their own story, a large part of which may never be heard in America again. In the post-World War II boom, “there was so much work that when you were looking for a job you could go anywhere,” Willy Cohill, a weighmaster in the plant’s wire mill, said. “If you didn’t like this place, you could go next door. There was always somebody looking to hire you.” A different era indeed.