The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, 1945-1968 / Edition 1

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Overview

"Kevin Boyle has done a masterful job of identifying the unique contribution of the UAW, not only to American Liberalism, but also to the nation and to all people. As contemporary labor and society at large search for new directions, this book should be required reading."—Victor G. Reuther

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Editorial Reviews

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"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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801485381
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,229,559
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Boyle
Kevin Boyle
A professor of history at Ohio State University, Kevin Boyle broke into bestsellerdom with his 2004 National Book Award winner, Arc of Justice -- a history that is at once a courtroom drama, a riveting biography, and a fascinating look at race in America in the early 20th century.

Biography

Kevin Boyle, a professor of history at Ohio State University, is the author of The UAW and the Heyday of American Liberalism, 1945-1968. A former associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, he is also the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He lives in Bexley, Ohio.

Author biography courtesy of Henry Holt and Company.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Boyle:

"I love to read the high-end restaurant reviews in The New York Times, but the restaurant I long to revisit is a fish and chips shop in Stillorgan, Ireland. My family spent a year living just down the road from the shop, and we stopped in so often the crew behind the counter came to know our order by heart. That year's diet probably cut a couple of years off my life expectancy."

"When I settle at my desk to write, I sit on a chair that comes from Detroit's old ballpark, Tiger Stadium. It has ancient wooden slats covered with decades of paint; it's completely uncomfortable; and despite my wife's protests, I'm never giving it up."

"Our family is rounded out by an aging border collie mix we rescued from the Detroit Humane Society 13 years ago. She came to us a terrified puppy, and after years of care and attention -- well, she's a terrified old dog."

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    1. Hometown:
      Bexley, Ohio
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 7, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Detroit, Michigan
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Detroit, 1982; M.A., University of Michigan, 1984; Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1990

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