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Beth Macy


Reporting from America’s Economic Margins: Journalist and bestselling author (Factory Man and Truevine) discusses the unraveling of rural America, from the aftermath of globalization to the opioid crisis, the subject of her book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America (2018).

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Praise for Beth Macy...

  • “LOVED Beth…I told her she got a 4.93 out of 5… one of our highest scores ever—on par with Nick Kristof, Geena Davis and Muniba Mazari. You’ll probably be getting calls/emails from a League or two that want her to speak at their local Leagues.”



  • “Everything about Beth’s time with us was fantastic. We had the largest crowd ever for a speaker at Roanoke College, and boy did Beth deliver. She also spent a lot of time with students from multiple disciplines, and she is wonderful with that audience.”



  • “Ms. Macy got to know the factory town, its workers, the facts behind offshoring and the tactics that might keep it at bay. Early warning: ‘Factory Man’ (coming July 15) is an illuminating, deeply patriotic David vs. Goliath book. They give out awards for this kind of thing.”

    –Janet Maslin, New York Times Book Review


Beth Macy: Speech Topics


① DOPESICK | ② FACTORY MAN | ③ GET OUT OF YOUR ZIP CODE

① Dopesick: America’s Epidemic


Beth Macy explores how America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction started, how it spread from the inner-city to the distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; and it’s heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched. Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in the end, Macy still finds reason to hope - and see’s signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary to build a better future for communities, families and those addicted.

② Factory Man


Beth Macy explores the takeaways she learned from writing “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local — and Helped Save an American Town.” The book set out to answer two questions: What is the untold aftermath of offshoring some 5 million manufacturing jobs? And was there another way? Drawing upon two years of research, including meticulous reporting and hundreds of interviews with everyone from displaced workers to American and Chinese CEOs, Macy tells the story of two factory towns in Virginia, run largely by different branches of the same family tree. One branch offshored nearly all its domestic production, putting 8,500 people out of work. The other successfully kept its flagship factory going. What are the lessons we can draw from these two business/family stories?

③ Get Out of Your ZIP Code


Drawing upon a quarter-century of reporting from one of the most segregated cities in the South, journalist Beth Macy explains the beauty of getting outside your ZIP code in the workplace, in your community and in the global economy. Based on interviews with a disparate set of people from displaced workers living in rural trailer parks to Somali Bantu refugees living in public housing to Mexican migrant workers who split their time between two very different worlds, Macy explains the importance of bridge-building across lines of race, socioeconomics, geography and religion — and traces how we’re all connected in this globalized world, whether we realize it or not. As social media makes an even greater presence in our lives, it’s more important now than ever to engage with people living outside our social and virtual worlds.


Beth Macy: Books


Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America

From the New York Times bestselling author of Factory Man comes the only book to fully chart the opioid crisis in America-an unforgettable portrait of the families and first responders on the front lines … ➡︎
Truevine: Two Brothers, a Kidnapping, and a Mother's Quest: A True Story of the Jim Crow South

The true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back … ➡︎
Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town

The instant New York Times bestseller about one man's battle to save hundreds of jobs by demonstrating the greatness of American business … ➡︎

Beth Macy: Bio



      

Beth Macy is the author of the critically acclaimed and New York Times-bestselling books, Factory Man, Truevine, and Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America (2018).

Growing out of three decades of reporting from the same Virginia communities, as her prior books did, Dopesick unpacks the most intractable social problems of our time: the opioid crisis, set against a landscape of job loss, corporate greed and stigma, along with the families and first responders who are heroically fighting back. Overdose deaths are now the equivalent of a jetliner crashing in our country every day, and yet the government response to the epidemic remains, in a word, impotent.

Dopesick is, in many ways, the sequel to Macy's first book, FACTORY MAN. It lays out exactly how the jobless “other America” ended up couch-surfing with the likes of surgeon’s daughters and civic leaders’ kids who fall prey to prostitution, jail, and even death. Tom Hanks describes Dopesick as “a deep — and deeply needed — look into the troubled soul of America.” Stanford addiction medicine specialist and author Dr. Anna Lembke calls it the first book to capture the entirety of the epidemic, “with a fast-paced narrative, colorful and inspiring characters, vivid historical detail, and a profound sense of place.”

A longtime reporter who specializes in outsiders and underdogs, Macy has won more than a dozen national journalism awards, including a Lukas Prize for Factory Man, multiple shortlist and best-book-of-the-year honors for Truevine, and a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard for her newspaper writing.

A frequent speaker, teacher and essayist, Macy has been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Oprah magazine, and Parade. Her approach to storytelling: Report from the ground up, establish trust, be patient, find stories that tap into universal truths. Get out of your ZIP code. To do good journalism, be a human first.

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Reporting from America’s Economic Margins: Journalist and bestselling author (Factory Man and Truevine) discusses the unraveling of rural America, from the aftermath of globalization to the opioid crisis, the subject of her book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America (2018)

SPEECH TOPICS

① Dopesick: America's Epidemic

Beth Macy explores how America's twenty-plus year struggle with opioid addiction started, how it spread from the inner-city to the distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; and it’s heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched. Through unsparing, yet deeply human portraits of the families and first responders struggling to ameliorate this epidemic, each facet of the crisis comes into focus. In these politically fragmented times, Beth Macy shows, astonishingly, that the only thing that unites Americans across geographic and class lines is opioid drug abuse. But in the end, Macy still finds reason to hope - and see’s signs of the spirit and tenacity necessary to build a better future for communities, families and those addicted.


② Factory Man

Beth Macy explores the takeaways she learned from writing “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local — and Helped Save an American Town.” The book set out to answer two questions: What is the untold aftermath of offshoring some 5 million manufacturing jobs? And was there another way? Drawing upon two years of research, including meticulous reporting and hundreds of interviews with everyone from displaced workers to American and Chinese CEOs, Macy tells the story of two factory towns in Virginia, run largely by different branches of the same family tree. One branch offshored nearly all its domestic production, putting 8,500 people out of work. The other successfully kept its flagship factory going. What are the lessons we can draw from these two business/family stories?


③ Get Out of Your ZIP Code

Drawing upon a quarter-century of reporting from one of the most segregated cities in the South, journalist Beth Macy explains the beauty of getting outside your ZIP code in the workplace, in your community and in the global economy. Based on interviews with a disparate set of people from displaced workers living in rural trailer parks to Somali Bantu refugees living in public housing to Mexican migrant workers who split their time between two very different worlds, Macy explains the importance of bridge-building across lines of race, socioeconomics, geography and religion — and traces how we’re all connected in this globalized world, whether we realize it or not. As social media makes an even greater presence in our lives, it’s more important now than ever to engage with people living outside our social and virtual worlds.


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BIO


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Beth Macy is the author of the critically acclaimed and New York Times-bestselling books, Factory Man, Truevine and Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America (2018).

Growing out of three decades of reporting from the same Virginia communities, as her prior books did, Dopesick unpacks the most intractable social problems of our time: the opioid crisis, set against a landscape of job loss, corporate greed and stigma, along with the families and first responders who are heroically fighting back. Overdose deaths are now the equivalent of a jetliner crashing in our country every day, and yet the government response to the epidemic remains, in a word, impotent.

Dopesick is, in many ways, the sequel to Macy's first book, FACTORY MAN. It lays out exactly how the jobless “other America” ended up couch-surfing with the likes of surgeon’s daughters and civic leaders’ kids who fall prey to prostitution, jail, and even death. Tom Hanks describes Dopesick as “a deep — and deeply needed — look into the troubled soul of America.” Stanford addiction medicine specialist and author Dr. Anna Lembke calls it the first book to capture the entirety of the epidemic, “with a fast-paced narrative, colorful and inspiring characters, vivid historical detail, and a profound sense of place.”

A longtime reporter who specializes in outsiders and underdogs, Macy has won more than a dozen national journalism awards, including a Lukas Prize for Factory Man, multiple shortlist and best-book-of-the-year honors for Truevine, and a Nieman Fellowship for Journalism at Harvard for her newspaper writing.

A frequent speaker, teacher and essayist, Macy has been published in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Oprah magazine, and Parade. Her approach to storytelling: Report from the ground up, establish trust, be patient, find stories that tap into universal truths. Get out of your ZIP code. To do good journalism, be a human first.


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