This is a very well written and extremely informative Labor History book.
"Collision Course" by Joseph A. McCartin is an authoritative history of PATCO and its ill-fated confrontation with the Ronald Reagan administration.
It's never dry or boring, and in many places its fast-paced narrative reads like a novel.
Lots of people are happy to warn you about the dangers of arrogance (some quite arrogantly); historian Victor Davis Hanson likes to do it by invoking the name of Nemesis, "the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by fredtownward
Excellent! A little biased against Ron but overall very informative and helpful in remembering the detailsPublished 1 month ago by drmarple
For those in the aviation industry - pilots and especially air traffic controllers - a must read. Even new controllers need to read this to understand the history of our... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Everglades Bear
Okay but a little slow. A better history and story of PATCO than a story of the shut down itself. Still, a good book on an important event of the 1980's that is still shaping our... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Patrick C. Weidinger
As a former air traffic controller during the PATCO strike, there were a lot of issues going on that we knew nothing about. Read morePublished 7 months ago by james f spears
I was a controller in an Enroute Air Traffic Control Center during the strike, and was one of those who stayed. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Woody Barlow
Joseph A. McCartin, Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America (Oxford University Press, 2011)
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