Which Side Are You On?: Trying to Be for Labor When It's Flat on Its Back

Which Side Are You On?: Trying to Be for Labor When It's Flat on Its Back

by Thomas Geoghegan

Paperback(Revised Edition)

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The comic, poignant, one-of-a-kind book that "reads like an enthralling novel" (Studs Terkel).

When it first appeared in hardcover, Which Side Are You On? received widespread critical accolades, and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. In this new paperback edition, Thomas Geoghegan has updated his eloquent plea for the relevance of organized labor in America with an afterword covering the labor movement through the 1990s.

A funny, sharp, unsentimental career memoir, Which Side Are You On? pairs a compelling history of the rise and near-fall of labor in the United States with an idealist's disgruntled exercise in self-evaluation. Writing with the honesty of an embattled veteran still hoping for the best, Geoghegan offers an entertaining, accessible, and literary introduction to the labor movement, as well as an indispensable touchstone for anyone whose hopes have run up against the unaccommodating facts on the ground. Wry and inspiring, Which Side Are You On? is the ideal book for anyone who has ever woken up and realized, "You must change your life."

Author Biography: Thomas Geoghegan's essays and commentary have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Nation, the New Republic, the New York Times, Slate, and the Washington Post, among other publications. His other books are The Secret Lives of Citizens and In America's Court. Geoghegan is a practicing attorney in Chicago.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565848863
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 07/26/2004
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 355
Sales rank: 459,840
Product dimensions: 0.82(w) x 8.00(h) x 5.25(d)

Table of Contents

2Mountains of the Moon9
3Before the Lean Years40
4In the Heart of Basic Steel59
5Always Bring a Crowd84
6Rank and File122
7In the Cage137
8Officers and Lawyers161
9Life in the Theater182
10Free Trade204
11Bread and Wine231
13To the Medinah Temple276

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