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American Workers, American Unions: The Twentieth Century (The American Moment) Paperback – December 11, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0801870781 ISBN-10: 080187078X Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Series: The American Moment
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 3rd edition (December 11, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080187078X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801870781
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is one of the best concise surveys of American labor history.

(Thomas A. Castillo Enterprise and Society)

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What this little book does, and does engagingly and perceptively, is to analyze the cyclical fortunes of organized labor... Eminently successful.

(Peter J. Coleman History)

An excellent supplementary text for undergraduate courses in industrial relations and labor economics.

(Harry P. Cohany Monthly Labor Review)

A helping of sober truth about the American labor movement and its politics... Zieger is fair and objective, and writes in a style that can be read with pleasure and understanding by both academics and truck drivers.

(John C. Cort New Oxford Review)

A balanced, intelligent introduction to the historic themes of modern American labor relations.

(John Hennen Labor Studies Journal)

We can thank Zieger for giving us a strong and often moving account of what he calls the most important period in American working-class history.

(Richard Boyden Journal of American History)

Zieger provides a broad overview of organized labor since 1920. His book, virtually the only available survey that includes the years after World War II, is highly readable and surprisingly concise.

(Darryl Holter Journal of Social History)

There is much to recommend American Workers, American Unions. It is a valuable, comprehensive, and peerless survey of modern American labor history. Zieger deftly parses such complex subjects as the origin and role of the National Labor Relations Board, the expulsion of the so-called communist-dominated unions from the CIO, and the evolution of the 'workplace rule of law.' The book also is, if not the only, then certainly the best treatment of the post-1950 decades.

(Nancy F. Gabin Labor History)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Donald P. Taylor on May 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is by far my favorite single-volume book of labor history. It's a well-researched, balanced survey of the 20th century, scholarly yet highly readable. I have assigned it as initial reading in graduate-level labor relations courses to lay a historical foundation, and students have given postive feedback on the book (mirroring my comments above).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura M Musson on December 28, 2012
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It is a good book that came in handy for one of my college classes. Really tells you about how the unions and workplaces are.
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3 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James on December 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
I thought I would get a bit more insight into unions, but this has such a pro-union slant on it that it sickens me. I work in a union that gives us no choice but to pay and they call it "fair" share. What is so fair about forcing people to pay? Anyways there isnt a book out there that I have found that gives an unbiased view of the unions, or even an unbiased history of labor unions in america. If you really like unions then you should get this book and reinforce your false hope in these communist organizations. If you truly understand the damage that unions have caused and are looking for an actual good book that details the truth, in an unbiased fashion, of labor unions then look elsewhere.
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