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Prisoners of the American Dream: Politics and Economy in the History of the Us Working Class

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Prisoners of the American Dream is Mike Davis's brilliant exegesis of a persistent and major analytical problem for Marxist historians and political economists: Why has the world's most industrially advanced nation never spawned a mass party of the working class? This series of essays surveys the history of the American bourgeois democratic revolution from its Jacksonian b ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 17th 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1986)
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Micah
Mike Davis is an excellent writer. I know this, because I've heard it from my friends who rave about books of his like City of Quartz, and from the essays of his I've read in the past. Why, then, did the writing in this book suck so much? I'd say it was actually on par with many of the most impenetrable texts I read as an undergrad. What's more, the book's scope was absurdly broad (view its subtitle: "Politics and Economy in the History of the U.S. Working Class"), and there's not really a centr ...more
Corey
As opposed to historical critiques, this book was written and published in the moment the ‘New Right’ and Reagan were rolling out power in the American political-economy. Prisoners of the American Dream, traces the failures of the American working-class to create and sustain a revolutionary class-consciousness.
The book is divided into two parts: labor and American politics, and, the age of Reagan. Labour and American politics, explains the multi-ethnic and multi-racial peculiarities of the Ame
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Malcolm
Simply excellent analysis of the reasons for working people's support of right wing politics during the 1980s. Sobering analysis of the power of ideology.
Mitch
Typical Mike Davis... fascinating stuff, but dense as a brick. I couldn't make it through the book, despite wanting to know what it was telling me.
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Social commentator, urban theorist, historian, and political activist. He is best known for his investigations of power and social class in his native Southern California.
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