This book is well researched history, but it is also about today. Published in 2009, it was eerie to read about labor struggles and defeats last winter while Scott Walker the cruel was crushing the public worker unions in Wisconsin.
I was a conservative republican my first two years of college. I was acting out against my Dad’s unionist Democratic Party politics. By the time I graduated I had changed. I was proud that my Dad could come to my graduation and hear Walter Reuther give the commencement address. (I wish I could find a copy of this speech in the U of Iowa archives.)
Lots of lessons here. Again it is about failure. And how ultimate success often comes through the sacrifice and deaths and failure of thousands before us. Changing the world is really hard, but we dare not say impossible.