The Man Who Never Died by William M. Adler
The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon

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In 1914, Joe Hill was convicted of murder in Utah and sentenced to death by firing squad, igniting international controversy. Many believed Hill was innocent, condemned for his association with the Industrial Workers of the World-the radical Wobblies. Now, following four years of intensive investigation, William M. Adler gives us the first full-scale biography of Joe Hill, and presents never before published documentary evidence that comes as close as one can to definitively exonerating him.

Joe Hill's gripping tale is set against a brief but electrifying moment in American history, between the century's turn and World War I, when the call for industrial unionism struck a deep chord among disenfranchised workers; when class warfare raged and capitalism was on the run. Hill was the union's preeminent songwriter, and in death, he became organized labor's most venerated martyr, celebrated by Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, and immortalized in the ballad "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night."

The Man Who Never Died does justice to Joe Hill's extraordinary life and its controversial end. Drawing on extensive new evidence, Adler deconstructs the case against his subject and argues convincingly for the guilt of another man. Reading like a murder mystery, and set against the background of the raw, turn-of-the-century West, this essential American story will make news and expose the roots of critical contemporary issues.

 

About William M. Adler

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William M. Adler is a freelance writer who has written for numerous publications, including Esquire, Rolling Stone, and the Texas Observer, for which he is a contributing writer. His first book, Land of Opportunity, about the rise and fall of a crack-cocaine empire, was published in 1995. He lives in Austin, Texas.
 
Published August 31, 2011 by Bloomsbury USA. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Well-researched revelations about the union martyr and prolific protest songwriter.

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Mark Lewis reviews "The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of
Joe Hill, American Labor Icon" by William M. Adler.

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In the Hill case, Mr. Adler's partisanship leads him to dismiss the significance of another years-after-the-fact letter, in which the doctor who treated Hill's wound revealed that his patient had admitted to killing the Morrisons during a botched robbery attempt.

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Wilson arrested for the crime her likely did commit.While on death row, Hill was heard to say to IWW leader Big Bill Heywood, “Don’t waste any time mourning, organize!” Contemplating this adjuration 96 years after the fact, author Adler speculates that Hill had come to the realization, while writ...

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Star Tribune

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Was Joe Hill, a famous American socialist songwriter, guilty of the murder for which he was executed in 1915?

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THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED: THE LIFE, TIMES AND LEGACY OF JOE HILL, AMERICAN LABOR ICONBy William M.

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A new book by Tim Harford, an economist and columnist at the Financial Times, argues that we need to whip our lives out of shape.

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Chicago Tribune

The book is a fast-paced chronicle of a life that would have gone unsung if not for Hill's martyrdom in the wake of his trial for the murder of a Salt Lake City grocer and his son ...

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Portland Book Review

What we do know about Joe Hill is that he remains a martyr to the union movement, and that his songs live on in labor songbooks, and writers continue to tell his story in novels, plays, and non-fiction studies.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Hill was the union's preeminent songwriter, and in death, he became organized labor's most venerated martyr, celebrated by Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, and immortalized in the ballad "I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night."The Man Who Never Died does justice to Joe Hill's extraordinar...

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Adler will discuss and sign copies of "The Man Who Never Died" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at BookPeople, 603 N.

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