The Flivver King: A Story Of Ford-America

3.69 avg rating
( 322 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780882860541: The Flivver King: A Story Of Ford-America
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

The Flivver King stands among the finest of modern American historical novels. It is history as it ought to be written - from the bottom up and the top down, with monumental sensitivity to the compromise and conflict between the two extremes. Its two stories - those of Henry Ford and Ford-worker Abner Shutt, unfold side by side, indeed dialectically. They are, in the end, one story: the saga of class and culture in 'Ford-America'. Workers and bosses, flappers and Klansmen, war and depression, Prohibition outlaws and high-society parties, unions and anti-union gun thugs - few aspects of American life in the first four decades of the last century are missing from this small masterpiece. The Flivver King sustains the same sure grasp of working class life which characterized Sinclair's earlier classic, The Jungle, but much less sentimentally and with a steadier focus on how alienated work breeds not only degradation but also resistance and revolt. Originally written in 1937 to aid the United Automobile Workers' organizing drive, The Flivver King answers the question "Why do we need a union?" with quiet eloquence. Kerr have reissued it as a great American novel and an important historical document, but most of all because that question has never gone away and is now more vital than ever. With an introduction from Steve Meyer.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Upton Sinclair was born in Baltimore in September 1878. His father moved the family to New York City in 1888. Although his own family was extremely poor, he spent periods of time living with his wealthy grandparents. He later argued that witnessing these extremes turned him into a socialist. Sinclair funded his college education by writing stories for newspapers and magazines. Sinclair s first novel was published in 1901. Sinclair was extremely active in socialist politics throughout his life. His novel "Dragon s Teeth" (1942) on the rise of Nazism won him the Pulitzer Prize. By the time Upton Sinclair died in 1968, he had published more than ninety books.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780882863573: The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0882863576 ISBN 13:  9780882863573
Publisher: Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company, 1987
Softcover

9781934568392: The FLivver King: The Story of Ford-America

Synerg..., 2007
Hardcover

9780855945978: Flivver King (New Portway Reprints)

C.Chivers, 1971
Hardcover

9780882860558: The Flivver King: A Story Of Ford-America

Charle..., 1984
Hardcover

9789997885098: The Flivver King: The Story of Ford-America

Synerg..., 2006
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Sinclair, Upton
Published by Charles H Kerr (1984)
ISBN 10: 0882860542 ISBN 13: 9780882860541
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Charles H Kerr, 1984. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110882860542

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 45.27
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Sinclair, Upton
Published by Charles H Kerr
ISBN 10: 0882860542 ISBN 13: 9780882860541
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
M and N Media
(Acworth, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Charles H Kerr. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0882860542 Please allow 4 - 14 business days for Standard shipping, within the US. Seller Inventory # XM-0882860542

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 70.14
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Upton Sinclair
Published by Charles H Kerr (1984)
ISBN 10: 0882860542 ISBN 13: 9780882860541
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Charles H Kerr, 1984. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0882860542

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 78.21
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds