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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.

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  • Includes introduction and explanatory notes

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“A truer prophecy of the future than either Brave New World or The Shape of Things to Come

—George Orwell

“Still more astonishing is the genuinely prophetic vision of the methods by which the Iron Heel will sustain its domination over crushed mankind”

—Leon Trotsky

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Jack London (1876–1916) led a wild and colorful life full of adventures all around the world, from the Caribbean to the gold rush in the Klondike. His novels include The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and Martin Eden.

Jonathan Auerbach is a professor of English at the University of Maryland at College Park.

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lukas, December 2, 2013 (view all comments by lukas)


Jack London (adventurer, erstwhile oyster pirate, writer, mild racist, socialist) is best known for his wilderness books, so this prophetic book that imagines a future (but it's really today!) in which animosity between labor and capital is full-blown, is something of an outlier. It's polemical and didactic and reads less as a novel than a political tract influenced by H.G. Wells, among others. His extensive use of footnotes beats D.F. Wallace to the punch by nearly a century. Would be a good double feature with Sinclair Lewis's "It Can't Happen Here." Take a copy to your next occupation!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143039716
Author:
London, Jack
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Editor:
Auerbach, Jonathan
Author:
Auerbach, Jonathan
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Publication Date:
20060731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.74x5.26x.52 in. .47 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 288 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143039716 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , “A truer prophecy of the future than either Brave New World or The Shape of Things to Come

—George Orwell

“Still more astonishing is the genuinely prophetic vision of the methods by which the Iron Heel will sustain its domination over crushed mankind”

—Leon Trotsky

"Synopsis" by , 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.
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