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The Iron Heel by Jack London
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Dec 22, 2009

it was amazing
Read in January, 2010

Written at the beginning of the 20th Century this story is a dark vision of the future. It's incredibly powerful and should definitely be ranked with 1984, Brave New World, etc. The way the story is told is a large reason the book is so powerful. In the future (from today) a document is found which acts as record of a time the Labor party tried to rise up and overthrow the government in their own defense. The document starts at the very beginning to explain how quickly the government took away people's rights and how the Labor party came together to fight. The documents author is the wife of the person leading the labor party and throughout the book you know how it's going to end but it's still so fascinating to read. Jack London doesn't waste time explaining what he's doing he just throws the reader into the future when people are reviewing the document and let's the reader figure things out as the story unfolds. Throughout the book there are many footnotes which London cleverly uses to further explain what's happnening in the story or how it relates to things that happened after in his fictitious future.

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