The Flivver King: A Story of Ford America

The Flivver King: A Story of Ford America

by Upton Sinclair

Half Price! Among the finest of modern American historical novels, Upton Sinclair writes history from the bottom up and the top down. This book shows the compromise and conflict between the two extremes. Its two stories—those of National Socialist 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. The Flivver King sustains the same sure grasp of working class life which characterized Sinclair's The Jungle but less sentimentally and with a steadier focus on how work breeds not only degradation but also resistance and revolt. Written in 1937 to aid the United Automobile Workers' organizing drive, The Flivver King explains why we need unions with quiet eloquence.