- Paperback: 205 pages
- Publisher: Fordham University Press; 1 edition (October 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0823221342
- ISBN-13: 978-0823221349
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.5 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,641,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spoiled Silk: The Red Mayor and the Great Paterson Textile Strike 1st Edition
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About the Author
George William Shea, the grandson of William and Katherine Brueckmann, was Dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center from 1970 to 1985. Now a Professor of Classics at Fordham, he has written books and articles on the ancient world, and is author of The Tomorrow Chronicles.
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The Brueckmann’s story takes us through the times of the strike and the influence of the “Wobblies,” the radical left International Workers of the World. It also covers the anti-German sentiment that was inspired by World War I, the up and down financial times of the decades between the two wars and even captures a glimpse of the impact of the anti-Communist hysteria of the post World War II years on this by then retired couple.
Spoiled Silk is a well researched history of the times, but it is also a family memoir as the author is the grandson of the Brueckmann’s. So it is a story that is told to a large extent through the recollections of the participants. It has its lighter moments too, some of which involve the interactions between the author’s mother’s German family and his father’s Irish family.
When this book was published in 2001 Shea was a professor of classics at Fordham. Since it was published by the Fordham University Press. I suspect no one was paying for placement on the Barnes & Noble new and notable table, so it probably didn’t circulate that widely. Too bad. Shea is a really good writer and the story couldn’t be more interesting. It is a work that deserves a bigger audience.