Workin' on the Chain Gang: Shaking Off the Dead Hand of History

Workin' on the Chain Gang: Shaking Off the Dead Hand of History

by Walter Mosley
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Workin' on the Chain Gang: Shaking Off the Dead Hand of History

A passionate examination of the social and economic injustices that continue to shackle the American people

Praise for Workin’ on the Chain Gang:

“. . . bracing and provocative. . . .”

Publishers Weekly

“. . . clear-sighted . . . Mosley offers chain-breaking ideas. . . .”

Los Angeles Times Book Review

“[A] thoroughly potent dismantling of Yanqui capitalism, the media, and the entertainment business, and at the same time a celebration of rebellion, truth as a tool for emancipation, and much else besides. . . .”

Toronto Globe and Mail

Workin’ on the Chain Gang excels at expressing feelings of ennui that transcend race. . . . beautiful language and penetrating insights into the necessity of confronting the past.”

Washington Post

“Mosley eloquently examines what liberation from consumer capitalism might look like. . . . readers receptive to a progressive critique of the religion of the market will value Mosley’s creative contribution.”


Walter Mosley’s most recent essay collection is Life Out of Context, published in 2006. He is the best-selling author of the science fiction novel Blue Light, five critically acclaimed mysteries featuring Easy Rawlins, the blues novel RL’s Dream, a finalist for the NAACP Award in Fiction, and winner of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s Literary Award. His books have been translated into twenty languages. He lives in New York.

Clyde Taylor is Professor of Africana Studies at NYU’s Gallatin School and author of The Mask of Art: Breaking the Aesthetic Contract—Film and Literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780472031986
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 12/27/2006
Series: Class : Culture Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 743,862
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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Workin' on the Chain Gang : Shaking Off the Dead Hand of History 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Walter Mosley courageously exposes our capitalistic system for the slave master that it is. It is refreshing to hear someone speak truths we often feel but don't or can't articulate. Rather than celebrate the new millenium and our achievements to date (many of them questionable), he calls us to action to create new systems that work for the betterment of us all in the new millenium to replace those that keep us enslaved. I find his message inspiring, the encouragement I need to persist in a battle that usually seems hopeless and impossible. If there is to be a better world, we're the only ones who can build it. It's up to us individually and collectively. Original thinking is hard to come by today and perceiving our own systems and culture accurately and realistically is difficult at best. He sharpens our view by exposing much of the myth of the 'greatest nation' and capitalism. I applaud his work.