Description : Long-haul trucks have been described as sweatshops on wheels. The typical long-haul trucker works the equivalent of two full-time jobs, often for little more than minimum wage. But it wasn’t always this way. Trucking used to be one of the best working-class jobs in the United States. The Big Rig explains how this massive degradation in the quality of work has occurred, and how companies achieve a compliant and dedicated workforce despite it. Drawing on more than 100 in-depth interviews and years of extensive observation, including six months training and working as a long-haul trucker, Viscelli explains in detail how labor is recruited, trained, and used in the industry. He then shows how inexperienced workers are convinced to lease a truck and to work as independent contractors. He explains how deregulation and collective action by employers transformed trucking’s labor markets--once dominated by the largest and most powerful union in US history--into an important example of the costs of contemporary labor markets for workers and the general public.
Description : Ever paused to wonder how that farm-fresh produce from California or Florida lands on your table? Or how your computer...Your bed...Your living room carpet...Or even the clothes that you're wearing arrive? 50 years ago, those goods would have all moved by train. Now they move by longhaul truck. In 19 or 20 ton lots. Rolling down the highway, in trailers longer than your house. What's it like to ride sitting high in one of those Big Rigs? What's it like to roll along the highway with 20 tons of cargo pushing you down the road. Cargo that has to be delivered not today, but yesterday - or the day before? THE BIG RIG...This is what longhaul is all about.
Description : Everyone is fascinated by the immense, often-colorful big trucks that haul incredible loads cross-country and across work sites. This book presents a lively and colorful look at a wide variety of "big rigs" as they haul everything from livestock to liquids. The trucks are seen in action -- hauling, dumping, loading, and unloading -- with a wide variety of cargoes. There are logging trucks on forest roads, livestock trucks leaving farms, freighters and refrigerated trucks -- "reefers" -- making time on the interstate, and trucks full of rocks kicking up dust in gravel pits. The book covers the tractors that pull big trailers, a variety of trailers, what it's like behind the wheel of a big rig, and a taste of life on the road.
Description : In Big Truck War I (Jarhead) Jeffery Maxwell with five compatriots using all their fellow drivers blockade the ports, international crossings, local highways, freeways across the nation. Then "Head" does somthing radical, it starts "The Big Truck War." This story is 21,958 words. In Big Truck War II (Revenge) Jarhead sees the hell-fire missile fired from underneath the Cobra Attack Helicopter. He knew instinctively what it was. He dives into his giant buddy's Hoss side sending them both off the charging speedboat into the cold waters of Baja, Mexico. After reviving Hoss the guys grab some wreckage floating up the coast. It's weighing heavily on Maxwell; his two men killed by the rocket. And he knows an attack on a Government instillation is suicide, but no one has ever accused Head of "good judgment." This story is 28,716. In "King Nicotine" "Lucky" Mahorn with his babe "Ace" Kami Spade along with sidekick Joe Rambo bring the outlawed tobacco into the states. It's year 2103; a new four month yearly calendar is introduced, along with a new pro racing motor track. A very violent new game called "Crunch" is featured. This story is 12,538 words. The last story I'd like the title to read "Nuclear Animal." It features Joe Mama with Maximum Hassle and the final games & meals, songs. The games are ICBM-Darts, Cruise Mussile Horseshoes, Stealth Bomber Hide & Seek. And Mutant hunting, these apply we say if some mutated humans actually live. This story is 8,430 words.
Description : Travel the 1970s, what may have been the last great era of the big rigs, with the man who knows semi trucks better than anyone. Ron Adams, author of Big Rigs of the 1950s, Big Rigs of the 1960s, Mack Trucks, and 100 Years of Semi Trucks, takes readers through the decade, introducing the trucks that debuted or saw significant revamping, describing the quirks and innovations, and offering detailed information about the models, trailers, trucking companies, and various hauling configurations. Spotlighting manufacturers from Mack and Freightliner to White, Peterbilt, and Kenworth, and featuring Adams' fabulous photography, this is the 1970s on the highway. Looks like we got us a convoy, good buddy!
Description : This photo-illustrated book for early readers tells about tractor-trailers, or semis, and how these large trucks deliver goods we use every day.
Description : Written and published by P.J. Harding. Another in the 'LOOK BOOK' series - Your child will love this easy reader and brilliant color picture book of big rigs. Each page has a photographic image of all types of big rigs from all over the world. The simple text is easily understood by young pre-readers and easy to learn for emerging readers.