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From the Publisher"One of the many virtues of Kevin Boyle's brilliant and important history, The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, is that it provides a clear picture of the road not taken."—The American Prospect
"Intelligent, well written, and exhaustively researched, . . . Boyle's work . . . is part of an important and increasingly favorable reevaluation of the character of late New Deal social democracy."—Journal of American History
"Boyle's book presents, with a remarkably assured tone and a mastery of materials, a persuasive narrative of the shortcomings of postwar liberalism from the labor perspective that was so important then and is so often ignored today."—American Political Science Review
"This book constitutes a compelling argument that throughout the immediate post-war decades, the union's leadership under Reuther attempted to construct a cross-class, biracial reform coalition in the United States. . . . The role and influence of institutions in the making of history is surely an argument that labour historians ignore at their own peril. Post-war United States labour historical scholarship has been surely enriched by Boyle pointing that out in such a compelling fashion."—Harry Knowles, University of Sydney. The Journal of Industrial Relations. September, 2000.