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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: ValdeBooks (January 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444427660
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444427660
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,079,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) was a prolific American novelist, essayist, playwright, short story writer, and juvenile book writer, whose works reflected the social problems of 19th Century industry. His two great boyhood heroes were Jesus Christ and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

His novel Dragon's Teeth (1942) on the rise of Nazism won him the Pulitzer Prize. By the time Upton Sinclair died in November, 1968, he had published more than ninety books. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Jimmie Higgins is the Forrest Gump of the "parlor pink" socialist propaganda put out by Upton Sinclair at the turn of the century. A down-on-his-luck, illiterate working stiff who gets caught up in the idealism of the socialist tide that had begun to well up in Europe and the United States in the early 1900s, Jimmie Higgins quickly gets caught up in a whirlwind of events that serve as a morality play for readers of the period. Jimmie meets Eugene Debbs, thinly disguised here as "The Candidate", the perennial plugger of the movement in America. He gets caught up in the party machinery, is hired by German "socialists" to blow up an ammunitions work only to find out that the men actually represented the Kaiser, joins the army to fight European imperialism, and finally ends up in Archangel in the Siberian Arctic to be introduced to Bolsheviks during the little known U.S. attempt to restore the czarists to power. The book is a thinly veiled work of propaganda and Upton Sinclair would never apologize for this. The novel was turned into a movie by the Soviets and was squashed by overwhelming anti-socialist sentiment here. For Upton Sinclair fanatics only. My copy was obtained from the University of Kentucky Press and has been out of print since the 1960s. Good luck in finding it.
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Books are classic for a reason.
I was thrilled to be able to download the Upton Sinclair collections, and I am slowly getting to each of the books.
The books were referred to in some of the modern science books I read. That alone made me curious.
I am sure there are professional reviewers out there who have already said what needed to be said in their reviews for all of Upton Sinclair's works. I won't even attempt a review of the novel's content.
I just love that it was free and available to me, a Kindle user.
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