The Iron Heel

The Iron Heel

Book - 2006
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In this harrowing tale of class warfare that merges science fiction and fantasy, a powerful state organization known as "The Iron Heel" is determined to crush the working class -- at any cost.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006
Edition: Penguin ed.
ISBN: 9780143039716
0143039717
Branch Call Number: Fiction London
Characteristics: xxi, 260 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Auerbach, Jonathan 1954-

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OPLRalphT Feb 29, 2012

Brian Wilson, a Vietnam vet who became active in the Central American movement, mentioned in an interview on Democracy Now! that everywhere he went, people asked if he'd read this book. What's surprising is how relevant the writing remains more than 100 years after it was published. The Iron Heel is a secret collective of plutocrats who will stop at nothing to maintain their power. In the turn-of-the-century America described by London, most people live in grinding poverty and work in dangerous factories. The few who could be considered middle-class must side with the rich or be ostracized from society. The newspapers serve the wealthy publishers and print nothing that might upset those in power. The book, portrayed as a manuscript found some 700 years in the future, after socialism finally has triumphed, relates the tale of the revolutionary worker, Ernest Everhard, as seen through the eyes of his wife, Avis. Ernest Everhard's critique of capitalism may offer the clearest explanation of Marxism ever put to paper. Yes, there are moments when the book lapses into hyperbole, but Everhard's incisive insights into the problems created by unfettered capitalism are just as true today as they were in 1908.

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