The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America
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The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America

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by Upton Sinclair
     
 

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The Flivver King stands among the finest of modern American historical novels. It is history as it ought to be written - from the bottom up and the top down, with monumental sensitivity to the compromise and conflict between the two extremes. Its two stories - those of Henry Ford and Ford-worker Abner Shutt, unfold side by side, indeed dialectically. They are, in the…  See more details below

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The Flivver King stands among the finest of modern American historical novels. It is history as it ought to be written - from the bottom up and the top down, with monumental sensitivity to the compromise and conflict between the two extremes. Its two stories - those of Henry Ford and Ford-worker Abner Shutt, unfold side by side, indeed dialectically. They are, in the end, one story: the saga of class and culture in 'Ford-America'. Workers and bosses, flappers and Klansmen, war and depression, Prohibition outlaws and high-society parties, unions and anti-union gun thugs - few aspects of American life in the first four decades of the last century are missing from this small masterpiece. The Flivver King sustains the same sure grasp of working class life which characterized Sinclair's earlier classic, The Jungle, but much less sentimentally and with a steadier focus on how alienated work breeds not only degradation but also resistance and revolt. Originally written in 1937 to aid the United Automobile Workers' organizing drive, The Flivver King answers the question "Why do we need a union?" with quiet eloquence. Kerr have reissued it as a great American novel and an important historical document, but most of all because that question has never gone away and is now more vital than ever. With an introduction from Steve Meyer.

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ISBN-13:
9780882863573
Publisher:
AK Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
138
Sales rank:
176,724
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This great novel gives us a great look into ford's america. Sinclairs' vision takes the reader down the changing raod of the early 20th century through the eyes of Americas great corperate giants. He shows not only how the social and economical revolutions change America but also how they change Fords' views about workers and his own buisness conduct.