The Most Dangerous Man In Detroit: Walter Reuther And The Fate Of American Labor

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Basic Books, Nov 2, 1995 - Business & Economics - 592 pages
Walter Reuther, the most imaginative and powerful trade union leader of the past half-century, confronted the same problems facing millions of working Americans today: how to use the spectacular productivity of our economy to sustain and improve the standard of living and security of ordinary Americans. As Nelson Lichtenstein observes, Reuther, the president of the United Automobile Workers from 1946 to 1970, may not have had all the answers, but at least he was asking the right questions.
The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit vividly recounts Reuther's remarkable ascent: his days as a skilled worker at Henry Ford's great River Rouge complex, his two-year odyssey in the Soviet Union's infant auto industry in the early 1930s, and his immersion in the violent labor upheavals of the late 1930s that gave rise to the CIO. Under Reuther, the autoworkers' standard of living doubled.

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THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN DETROIT: Walter Reuther and the Fate of American Labor

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Labor historian Lichtenstein (Univ. of Virginia) offers United Auto Workers president Reuther's life as a microcosm of the rise and fall of American unionism. The son of a socialist, working-class ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review



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Nelson Lichtenstein is a Professor of History at the University of Virginia.

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