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The Iron Heel by Jack London
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Nov 06, 09

Didactic, two-dimensional, with all the subtlety of a flaming cow catapulted over a castle wall, this book is nonetheless hard to put down, and even harder to forget. London imagines a dystopian "future history" of America ruled by oligarchy, at the center of which is the portrait of Marxist martyr Ernest Everhard. Yes, that is actually his name.

Easy as it is to make light of London's stark vision of class struggle, it is worth remembering that, in his time, even joining a union could be a life-threatening activity.

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