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An exciting history of American labor. -- The New York Times Book Review New and Recommended List Splendid. Clearly the best single-volume summary yet published of American general strikes. -- Washington Post A magnificent book. I hope it will take its place as the standard history of American labor. -- Staughton Lynd, labor historian. Since its original publication in 197 ...more
Hardcover, Revised, Updated, 426 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by South End Press (first published November 30th 1978)
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Oct 05, 2008 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yet-to-be-radicals
Recommended to Adam by: Aaron Lund
Shelves: labor
So I didn't actually read the whole book. But that's partly because the book fell apart as I was reading it! (it's an old paperback edition) But that doesn't matter. I didn't have to read the whole thing to recommend this. Strike! is nothing less than reality-shattering. Like Zinn's People's History, but more dramatic. This book is the secret history of the United States, the shadow that is Labor. Strike! recounts how ordinary people--workers--battled (often literally) against their employers, h ...more
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May 01, 2014 Auntie Jpeg marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Set aside for my summer reads...

What's cool about ordering this book directly from the publisher (PM Press in Oakland) is they give you a free eBook copy of the book.
Sep 11, 2007 Sean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Strike! is one of those texts that is much better as a research aid than it is as something to actually sitdown and read linearly.

It is an exhaustive history of labor unrest in America and gives you a real sense of how pervasive and autonomous militant labor activity was in the U.S. It is also not very well written. The book is basically a laundry list. In Flint, a sit down strike, in Akron, a lock out, in Seattle, a general strike, etc etc etc. Before reading this I wouldn't think you could tu
Oct 18, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-ebooks
Lots of labor history I had no idea ever happened. Some repetitive sections and places where I was completely unable to tell what year was being discussed, but it was free to read and full of well-researched stories from the 19th century to (almost) today. Here's the link to read it:

Very good perspective from labor's side of American union and worker history, focusing on strikes and labor actions.
Nov 22, 2007 Doug rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would have liked this book more when I was newer to labor history. But by the time I read it, it came off as a bit romantic.
Mar 15, 2008 Minku rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who work
Another essential history of the evils involved in the construction of American capitalism. Yes, evils. Read it.
Jul 20, 2009 Garrett.k rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in the Labor Movement...workers.
Recommended to Garrett.k by: A nice man in Williamsburg, NY
A very dense read, mostly due to the details and block qoutes, but very informative.
Simply outstanding history of US workers' struggles.
Dec 15, 2009 Vallan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
finished several months ago. will review after finals...
Sep 05, 2009 Donald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old.
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