As the New York Times wonders why American labour does not take to the streets, Verso authors provide more substantial answers.
Mike Davis asks why the world’s most industrially advanced nation never spawned a mass party of the working class in Prisoners of the American Dream: Politics and Economy in the history of the US Working Class. This book was described as “Impressive – a perceptive and rigorous structural analysis” in The Nation, and as “One of the most uncompromising books about American political economy ever written – brilliant, provocative, and exhaustively researched” in the Village Voice Literary Supplement. Buy it from Verso, Amazon or the Book Depository.
Kim Moody examines the decline of the unions in America in US Labor in Trouble and Transition: The Failure of Reform from Above, The Promise of Revival from Below. Mike Davis describes this book as having “broken new ground, not only with regard to how unions in the US got into trouble, but also how they might get out of it…He gives us a fresh look at the changing workforce and the new realities and potential of immigrant workers today. This book is a must for those who care about the future of organized workers in the US.” Buy it from Verso, Amazon or the Book Depository.