The Flivver King A Story of Ford America 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

  • Title: The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America
  • Author: Upton Sinclair Steve Meyer
  • ISBN: 9780882863573
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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,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need a union with quiet eloquence The Charles H Kerr Company has reissued it as a great American novel and an important historical document, because that question has never gone away and is now vital than ever With an introduction from Steve Meyer.

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    1. Upton Sinclair Steve Meyer says:

      Upton Beall Sinclair, Jr was an American author who wrote close to one hundred books in many genres He achieved popularity in the first half of the twentieth century, acquiring particular fame for his classic muckraking novel, The Jungle 1906 To gather information for the novel, Sinclair spent seven weeks undercover working in the meat packing plants of Chicago These direct experiences exposed the horrific conditions in the U.S meat packing industry, causing a public uproar that contributed in part to the passage a few months later of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act The Jungle has remained continuously in print since its initial publication In 1919, he published The Brass Check, a muckraking expos of American journalism that publicized the issue of yellow journalism and the limitations of the free press in the United States Four years after the initial publication of The Brass Check, the first code of ethics for journalists was created Time magazine called him a man with every gift except humor and silence In 1943, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.Sinclair also ran unsuccessfully for Congress as a Socialist, and was the Democratic Party nominee for Governor of California in 1934, though his highly progressive campaign was defeated.



    2 thoughts on “The Flivver King: A Story of Ford-America

    1. As the daughter of a now unemployed, skilled tool and die machinist, I found this a sad but completely unsurprising read, the sadder for how unsurprising it is in 2009. This book was published in 1937 and, despite the subsequent growth of unions (which absolutely improved working and wage conditions for the average auto worker, at least for a few decades), our present situation is virtually identical to the one Sinclair describes in the Flivver King. My dad is Abner, albeit without the unwaverin [...]

    2. The world's oldest ongoing socialist publishing house is located just a few blocks from my home in Chicago. Charles H. Kerr is known for having published the first English version of Marx's Kapital, for keeping in print many leftist classics and for publishing many surrealist texts in English. The recent death of Franklin Rosemont, manager of Kerr with his wife Penelope, may threaten the future of this national treasure.I'd known Franklin Rosemont since high school, encountering him at the old S [...]

    3. I want to give this more stars, but I can't justify it. Sinclair is a massive figure in American history. His contributions to the narrative of American politics is undeniable, regardless of your opinions on his contributions. The Flivver King deserves to remain in our consciousness, the history it provides on Henry Ford's entanglement with anti-Semitism is crucial to the study of American industry.But Sinclair is an awful novelist. The back and forth narrative of Abner Shutt and Henry Ford gets [...]

    4. Sinclair is a formidable author who does not shy away from taking a certain satirical approach to the realities of Henry Ford, Ford-America, and Ford's view of himself, his fellow men and the world. The Flivver King is not only a work of fiction, but it is a window into a period of American history of industrialization and early globalization in certain respects. Thus, one must not simply read this boom as if it was a simple critical work by Sinclair, but also as a work of historical fiction.

    5. "The only thing he could think of was to have Congress vote huge sums to his friends and beneficiaries, the great banks and corporations which had put up his campaign funds. The theory was that this money would seep down to consumers and promote trade. But what happened was that the money stayed right in the banks where he put it; they couldn't lend it unless they could see a chance of profit, and how could a business man promise a profit when he couldn't find anybody who had any money to spend? [...]

    6. The period between the 1890s and the Second World War formed America as we know it today and this fascinating portrait of early Detroit (a long way from the 8 Mile city of today), takes the reader through a process of fast technological and social change.The book features two heroes, ordinary Ford plant worker Abner Shutt and the big boss man himself, still the most influential industrialist we have seen. It's a polemical piece from the openly socialist Sinclair: Ford's anti-semitism isn't gloss [...]

    7. La manera en la que las dos historias paralelas se desarrollan es muy acertada y se nota que Sinclair estaba apasionado por este tema. Pero qué se puede hacer en este mundo industrial para evitar que la gente quede desempleada a causa de nuevos avances? Creo que parecía algo muy impactante en ese entonces porque era novedoso, pero era inevitable que se perdieran trabajos para mejorar la eficiencia. Nunca se hubiera regado tanto un invento como el carro si no fuera posible producirlos en masa. [...]

    8. It was very interesting to read a bit about how things changed slowly for both the workers and the management. Sinclair did a good job in telling the story and presenting the conflicts within a single family. That being said it still seemed a bit abrupt in the jump from "everything's great" to "everything sucks".

    9. Never has the rise of industrialist De-troit seemed so elegantly retarded. Weirdest discovery: Greenfield Village was created, indirectly, as a result of Henry Ford needing another creative outlet after finding out he couldn't write op-ed pieces in his newspaper trashing the Jews anymore. I wonder if the drunk Abe Lincoln impersonator at the Eagle Tavern knows about that

    10. simply written book that explains exactly how america works and always has. you couldnt ask for a better example of why our country has so many rules and checks and balances. easier and overall better than the jungle. this wasnt even intended to be a novel, the union asked sinclair to write a brochure on the necessity of unions( when they were) and out popped this novel.

    11. Got this from Seth. It tells the early history of the Ford Company and unions from the perspective of one family, which made the whole thing more compelling. It's a quick read, since it was designed to be accessible to the unionizing auto workers.

    12. Sinclair is a great writer, and the ending was really good. I liked how it bounced back from Ford to Tom's perspectives. However, Sinclair was very biased on Ford's life. It was a great book nonetheless.

    13. Superb book. Hits on many of the things that were happening at this time and sheds light on Henry Ford's true being. He was a man who wanted money and to get his name out there. He honestly didn't care much about the workers as his age pressed on. Great book, definitely recommend.

    14. This book was written by Upton Sinclair in 1937 as a propaganda piece for the UAW's organizing drive and boy, is it ever obvious. Still, it's a good, thought-provoking read - especially when you consider that scientific management is still utilized in manufacturing to this day.

    15. agit. a fine, maybe the best, example of agitprop. fuck ford. fuck corporate crony capitalism. ONE BIG UNION.

    16. Story of Henry Ford. He turned out to be a rather nasty man. Whoever edited this book should have been fired. There are so many typo's it's hard to read at some points.

    17. I read this for my history class in college. Phenomenal story about the assembly line and how it changed the world.

    18. This is good. It bashes Henry Ford. I have an original paper bound copy of this from 1939 that a book collector gave me. IT RULES

    19. Wish I had read this one when my dad (who worked at Ford) was alive so we could discuss it. Not for republicans or anti-union folks.

    20. I had to read this for my HR labor law class, but found it rather interestingof course if you love Henry Ford and consider him a great American Heron't read this.

    21. A must-read (if you can find it) for anyone who doesn't understand the dire need for the UAW during the boom of the industrial age.This is a book I will never part with and pass on to my kids.

    22. I had to read this book for a class, but I really enjoyed it. You will like this if you enjoy history and the Industrial Revolution period.

    23. You were right again Upton Sinclair but it wouldn't surprise you in the least to know that things have only gotten exponentially worse.

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