The Iron Heel

The Iron Heel

by Jack London
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The Iron Heel by Jack London

Written in 1908, this visionary novel about class struggle anticipates the political upheavals of the thirties and beyond.

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ISBN-13: 9780809532513
Publisher: Wildside Press
Publication date: 09/26/2003
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 - November 22, 1916) was an American novelist, journalist, and social activist. A pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction, he was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone.

Some of his most famous works include The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life". He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf.

London was part of the radical literary group "The Crowd" in San Francisco and a passionate advocate of unionization, socialism, and the rights of workers. He wrote several powerful works dealing with these topics, such as his dystopian novel The Iron Heel, his non-fiction exposé The People of the Abyss, and The War of the Classes.

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Iron Heel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an important book. Written in 1907, it presents a bleak future history account of the rise of corporate totalitarianism in the United States, to be followed three centuries later by a socialist/communist utopia (London was a socialist and a Marxist). George Orwell acknowledged that this book strongly influenced his writing of "1984". However, this ebook is fatally flawed, lacking critical portions of the original text. "The Iron Heel" is structured as the autobiographical account of the wife of Ernest Everhard, a hero of the socialist resistance to the rise of the capitalistic Oligarchy. Her account of the events of 1907-1932 is recorded in the "Everhard Manuscript", supposedly hidden for centuries and discovered around 2600. The Prologue provides this essential framimg of the story. Furthermore, the text contains numerous footnotes written from the perspective of historians in the future ideal "Brotherhood of Man", London's socialistic vision of an ideal society. Unfortunately, the Prologue and all the notes are simply omitted from this sloppily-constructed ebook. I never complain about OCR errors and the like in ebooks constructed from works in the public domain, but this degree of carelessness is inexcusable. I am virtually certain that whomever prepared this ebook never even read the original book. I don't object to paying a small convenience fee to have public domain works available in the Nook store, as long as the ebook is competently prepared. If you want to read this work on your Nook, I would highly recommend getting the epub version of the text from Project Gutenberg and copying it onto the Nook from your computer (and consider making a donation to PG while you are at it). I'm not connected with PG in any way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this, I was amazed by how much it sounded like our country today. This is a classic dystopian novel. I highly encourage anyone who is interested in the oppression of our so-called democratic economic system.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The portrayal of this dystopic reality, is eeringly similair to our own time and our own culture. It opened my eyes to the horrible reality, that most of us are slaves, working to create profit for an unjust, corrupt capitalist class who could care less about there fellow man, so long as they enjoy the riches produced from their voluntary slaves i.e todays working class. A must read. Well written and thought provoking.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This transcription has far too many errors to be easily read. Each page has several mispellings of randomly inserted symbols, which greatly decrease readability.
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Like many movements, Socialism contains great ideals. Who wouldn't want a world where everyone has what they need to thrive and where everyone cares for those that are least able to care for themselves? The problem is, movements are put into motion and run by people and people as a whole are corrupt and out to get what they can for themselves. They may start out with high-flown ideals but the majority will turn a movement to their advantage and take what they can get. London writes a good fantasy, but that's all it is.
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WinstonSmith More than 1 year ago
The whole time im reading it it just felt fake. Every debate in the book was always won by the main character without any challenge as if he were omnipotent. Yes i realize its fiction but it is written as if the socialists are gods and everyone else are portrayed as dumbfounded apes. I am totally against capitalists using political power to oppress people (which is why im an anarcho-capitalist) and this books does an okay job at displaying the wrongness of that but the fact its coming from a socialist view ruins it for me. It just seems that the lack of knowledge of socialist thought known to Jack London makes him give it this pretty picture of individualism but just looking at history refutes that. It isn't written all that well either. Now don't get me wrong it is easy to follow but it just is blehhh majority of the time. Read it just to say youve read it.
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