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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  106 ratings  ·  12 reviews
No book has done as much as Strike! to bring U.S. labor history to a wide audience. Strike! narrates the exciting hidden history of the U.S. labor movement from the point of view of the rank-and-file workers who lived it. "An exciting history of American labor....Brings to life the flashpoints of labor history....Scholarly, genuinely stirring."--The New York Times
Paperback, Revised, Updated, 426 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by South End Press (first published November 30th 1978)
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Oct 05, 2008 Adam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yet-to-be-radicals
Recommended to Adam by: Aaron Lund
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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.
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
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.
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 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who work
Another essential history of the evils involved in the construction of American capitalism. Yes, evils. Read it.
More polemical doesn't always mean "better" or "more committed," writers of the '70s!
Jul 20, 2009 Garrett.k rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
finished several months ago. will review after finals...
Bring to birth a new world from the ashes of the old.
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