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Upton Sinclair (1878-1968), novelist and journalist, is best known for his novel about the Chicago meatpacking industry, ""The Jungle"." A paperback edition of his ""I, Candidate for Governor"" is available from California. Jules Tygiel is the author of ""The Great Los Angeles Swindle: Oil, Stocks, and Scandal during the Roaring Twenties"" (paperback California, 1996) and ""The Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy"." He is Professor of History at San Francisco State University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (April 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1148778233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1148778235
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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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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This is that automatic, it stays fresh like I'm wrapped in plastic... you know you like it, it's callin your name.
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Clearly a socialist storyline, but it is well written and graphically descriptive.
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