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Iron Heel [Paperback]

Jack London , Anthony Meredith
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12 Dec 1974
Partly inspired by the suppression of the 1905 Revolution in Russia, this story focuses on the destruction of the American labour and socialist movement by American big business and military interests.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; New edition edition (12 Dec 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0904526011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0904526011
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,586,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Iron Heel transcends genre, juxtaposing science fiction, social polemic and timeless romance. But most significantly, it serves as a warning - unheeded at its time of publication - which is as relevant today as when it was written. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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John Griffith "Jack" London (born John Griffith Chaney, January 12, 1876 – November 22, 1916)was an American author, journalist, and social activist. He was a pioneer in the then-burgeoning world of commercial magazine fiction and was one of the first fiction writers to obtain worldwide celebrity and a large fortune from his fiction alone. He is best remembered as the author of The Call of the Wild and White Fang, both set in the Klondike Gold Rush, as well as the short stories "To Build a Fire", "An Odyssey of the North", and "Love of Life". He also wrote of the South Pacific in such stories as "The Pearls of Parlay" and "The Heathen", and of the San Francisco Bay area in The Sea Wolf. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Jack London's prophetic 1908 dystopian novel 26 Oct 2003
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
In 1905 the troops of the Tsar crushed the Russian revolution of 1905. Although the uprising did force Nicholas II to establish a consitution and a parliament, the Russian revolution of 1917 would change the face of the world. However, the uprising also had the interesting effect of inspiring two of the more interesting utopian novels of the early 20th century. One was "Red Star," the socialist utopia on Mars created by the Russian writer Alexander Bogdanov, a Bolshevik and intimate of Lenin. The other was "The Iron Heel," by Jack London, the American author best known for "The Call of the Wild." Whereas Bogdanov forsees the ultimate victory of the socialist and scientific-technical revolutions, London predicts global revolutionary and counter-revolutionary forces ending up in an apocalyptic battle betwen the impoverished workers and the privileged minorities. Consequently, the two authors share a common socialist perspective, although Bogdanov writes a utopian novel and London creates a dystopia.
"The Iron Heel" was written in 1908 and remains one of the more prophetic novels of the 20th century. His track record with regards to a national secrety police agency, the rise of Fascism, the creation of attractive suburbs for the middle class while the unemployed and menials live in "ghettoes," is remarkedly better than that of Edward Belleamy's "Looking Backward," Aldoux Huxley's "Brave New World," or George Orwell's "1984," the novels that are usually judged by their prescience in terms of utopian literature.
The novel presents the story of the American revolutionary Earnest Everhard, as told by his wife Avis, who is actually the more effective revolutionary leader.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More on Target than Orwell's 1984! 27 May 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
With "The Iron Heel," Jack London does a much better job of predicting today's world than George Orwell's book "1984." London depicts a world where government serves the business community, not the people, and there has been an incredible concentration in the ownership of the means of communication and the media. Speak out against this and the iron heel crushes you.
This book is an exciting, political adventure romance that you can't put down -- as long as you get through the first 40 pages of downright boring socialist polemics. If you want to really understand where we are headed, read "The Iron Heel" it today. Hard to believe it was written in 1906.
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By Sandman
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For me, Jack London is one of the best authors of modern times, and The Iron heel, along with The Sea wolf are amongst his best books. Read this if you want to understand how the elites of the business and political world conspire to increase their wealth and secure it, at the expense of everyone else, whilst trying to maintain a facade of respectability and responsibility.

Then despair at how things have got progressively worse since this book was written, with MP's and big business' roles being virtually interchangable, all the time stealing and lying their way into the millionaires club. Its all the more pertinent in the aftermath of the `banking crisis' and the eurozone situation; which will see the elites come out richer yet again, at the rest of us suffer, thanks entirely to their machinations.

Oh, and its a good read too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jack London's prophetic 1908 dystopian novel 1 Nov 2003
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
In 1905 the troops of the Tsar crushed the Russian revolution of 1905. Although the uprising did force Nicholas II to establish a consitution and a parliament, the Russian revolution of 1917 would change the face of the world. However, the uprising also had the interesting effect of inspiring two of the more interesting utopian novels of the early 20th century. One was "Red Star," the socialist utopia on Mars created by the Russian writer Alexander Bogdanov, a Bolshevik and intimate of Lenin. The other was "The Iron Heel," by Jack London, the American author best known for "The Call of the Wild." Whereas Bogdanov forsees the ultimate victory of the socialist and scientific-technical revolutions, London predicts global revolutionary and counter-revolutionary forces ending up in an apocalyptic battle betwen the impoverished workers and the privileged minorities. Consequently, the two authors share a common socialist perspective, although Bogdanov writes a utopian novel and London creates a dystopia.
"The Iron Heel" was written in 1908 and remains one of the more prophetic novels of the 20th century. His track record with regards to a national secrety police agency, the rise of Fascism, the creation of attractive suburbs for the middle class while the unemployed and menials live in "ghettoes," is remarkedly better than that of Edward Belleamy's "Looking Backward," Aldoux Huxley's "Brave New World," or George Orwell's "1984," the novels that are usually judged by their prescience in terms of utopian literature.
The novel presents the story of the American revolutionary Earnest Everhard, as told by his wife Avis, who is actually the more effective revolutionary leader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A exquisite piece of literature, a complex and chaotic story made all the more addictive by a colourful set of characters and a gripping plot that sweeps you along with the fervent... Read more
Published 10 months ago by D L Grove
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
This book I have ordered to give as a gift. Although this is the book I saw (image shown above) and ordered, the book which actually arrived was not with that cover. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Aggela Vomvori
5.0 out of 5 stars 1908
Prescience extraordinary. You might have thought 1984 was the first warning. Read Mr London's earlier effort, look around you and get politically active as soon as you can. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. R. W. Mellard
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is so badly printed that it is almost unreadable.The print...
This book is so badly printed that it is almost unreadable.The print is minute, and the "footnotes " are microscopic. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dr Andre E M McLean
4.0 out of 5 stars Increasingly relevant read for understanding the corporatocracy
I have read this a few times, and find that for every time I read it, its importance becomes clearer and clearer to me. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Frederik
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Who wouldn't be delighted to find the public domain list of FREE classic literature. This is fantastic. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. Little
4.0 out of 5 stars worth a read!
decent book, not amazing but really quite interesting. it makes good points and is really preachy about them. its good to see how some thought back when this was written.
Published 21 months ago by Adam Hilton
5.0 out of 5 stars The big brother to 1984
What this book may at times lack in its style and story, it makes up for in its vision. 1984 as a story is far more engaging and enjoyable to read however The Iron heel was there... Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2011 by m25willim
5.0 out of 5 stars life changing
this is a book that can and has changed lives. after advice from a friend, mine was changed after reading the iron heel and lewis grassic gibbons scots quair. Read more
Published on 21 July 2011 by j.p. o'day
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
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