The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit by Nelson Lichtenstein
Walter Reuther and the Fate of American Labor

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A stirring biography of a hero in the struggle for economic justice and a book that probes the question: Whatever happened to labor liberalism in America?"Excellent . . . gripping. . . . Mr. Lichtenstein has produced more than a biography. He has given us an elegantly written and unfailingly intelligent portrait of American labor in the mid-twentieth century."--Alan Brinkley, "New York Times Book Review" "In an ideal union of scholarship and literature, Nelson Lichtenstein properly places labor leader Walter Reuther in the center of the most important social and political movements of the 20th century. This is an important book."--Julian BondA"A meticulously researched, clearly written and quickly paced story . . . a masterful portrayal of the social and political stage on which the labor leader performed." "--Washington Post Book World"
 

About Nelson Lichtenstein

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Nelson Lichtenstein is the MacArthur Foundation Professor of History and director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
 
Published October 1, 1995 by Basic Books. 575 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Lichtenstein tells Reuther's story intelligently and engagingly, from his visit with Victor to the Soviet Union in the early 1930s through the brutal battles to organize in the auto industry, Walter's inventive ideas on using the industry in the war effort, the clashes within the union during the...

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Onetime Ford Motor die-maker Walter Reuther launched a sit-down strike in 1937 that forced General Motors to bargain with a multiplant union.

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