The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit: Walter Reuther and the Fate of American Labor
A stirring biography of a hero in the struggle for economic justice and a book that probes the question: Whatever happened to labor liberalism in America?"Excellent . . . gripping. . . . Mr. Lichtenstein has produced more than a biography. He has given us an elegantly written and unfailingly intelligent portrait of American labor in the mid-twentieth century."--Alan Brinkley, "New York Times Book Review"
"In an ideal union of scholarship and literature, Nelson Lichtenstein properly places labor leader Walter Reuther in the center of the most important social and political movements of the 20th century. This is an important book."--Julian BondA
"A meticulously researched, clearly written and quickly paced story . . . a masterful portrayal of the social and political stage on which the labor leader performed." "--Washington Post Book World"
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The most dangerous man in Detroit: Walter Reuther and the fate of American laborUser Review - Book Verdict
Lichtenstein (history, Univ. of Virginia) has written a comprehensive account of the public career of Reuther (1907-70), one of the outstanding U.S. labor leaders from the 1930s until his untimely death in 1970. The author recounts Reuther's meteoric rise, first in the creation of the auto workers union (UAW) and his titanic battles with the "Big Three" auto manufacturers: General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler. Later, he worked on the formation of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) as a rival of the older, craft-oriented American Federation of Labor (AFL). In the 1950s and 1960s, Reuther found more creative outlets in the reconstruction of European labor unions and in advancing the American causes of civil rights and Great Society programs. In Lichtenstein's dense text, however, Reuther appears only intermittently, and his personal life all but disappears. Recommended for labor collections of academic libraries.--Harry Frumerman, formerly with Hunter Coll., CUNY
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