The Iron Heel

The Iron Heel

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'A truer prophecy of the future than either Brave New World or The Shape of Things to Come.' - George Orwell Part science fiction, part dystopian fantasy, part radical socialist tract, Jack London's The Iron Heel offers a grim depiction of warfare between the classes in America and around the globe. Originally published nearly a hundred years ago, it anticipated many features of the past century, including the rise of fascism, the emergence of domestic terrorism, and the growth of centralized government surveillance and authority. What begins as a war of words ends in scenes of harrowing violence as the state oligarchy, known as 'the Iron Heel,' moves to crush all opposition to its power. First time in Penguin Classics Includes introduction and explanatory notes
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006.
Edition: Penguin edition.
ISBN: 9780143039716
Branch Call Number: LON
Characteristics: xxi, 260 pages ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Auerbach, Jonathan 1954-


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Sep 08, 2016

What great insight Jack London had. Even though the book is in essence nonfiction (for most) it still applies to todays Oligarcs, goverments and whole justice system including ones such as the police, military and more. The electorail system is one which can be rigged even more than the paper ballots, many of which were destroyed.

OPLRalphT Feb 29, 2012

Brian Wilson, a Vietnam vet who became active in the Central American movement, mentioned in an interview on Democracy Now! that everywhere he went, people asked if he'd read this book. What's surprising is how relevant the writing remains more than 100 years after it was published. The Iron Heel is a secret collective of plutocrats who will stop at nothing to maintain their power. In the turn-of-the-century America described by London, most people live in grinding poverty and work in dangerous factories. The few who could be considered middle-class must side with the rich or be ostracized from society. The newspapers serve the wealthy publishers and print nothing that might upset those in power. The book, portrayed as a manuscript found some 700 years in the future, after socialism finally has triumphed, relates the tale of the revolutionary worker, Ernest Everhard, as seen through the eyes of his wife, Avis. Ernest Everhard's critique of capitalism may offer the clearest explanation of Marxism ever put to paper. Yes, there are moments when the book lapses into hyperbole, but Everhard's incisive insights into the problems created by unfettered capitalism are just as true today as they were in 1908.

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