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The Iron Heel by Jack London
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Oct 25, 2010

really liked it

Imagine a revolutionary figure in the future. Imagine his sudden execution by the government. Imagine his wife running off to a place where she can write the story of her brave husband. But before she can finish the government has tracked her down. She hides the book in a tree and flees for her life. It’s 400 years later and the book has been found, but by now the government is benevolent and the book is published under the title The Iron Heel, with notes by historians correcting & adding to the wife’s version. Now for the difficult part, the husband was a Socialist Revolutionary.
Although the book was written in 1908 and has come uncanny predictions for the 1900’s (one being the USA being the victim of a sneak attack at Hawaii) it falls short of it’s basic prediction of the failure of the capitalist system and the beginning of a socialist revolution. But that’s NOT the reason to avoid it. Jack London is one of America’s greatest story tellers and although this story doesn’t finish as clean as some people would like, it’s still very entertaining. (7.5/10)
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