- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Second Printing edition (7 Feb. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099492881
- ISBN-13: 978-0099492887
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 337,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Live Working or Die Fighting: How the Working Class Went Global Paperback – 7 Feb 2008
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"Vividly accessible... required reading for the Seattle brigade" (Guardian)
"Mason, using an impressive range of primary sources, recounts nine of the great stories of working-class revolts" (Irish Times)
"This book tells stories of our past that are indispensable to understanding the present. it is a good answer to all who ask where the working class has gone. Brilliant" (Ken Loach)
"'Don't die stupid. If you haven't read Mason's book, you know nothing about how this planet works... breathtaking, fascinating, perceptive... Damn, I wish I'd written this book" (Greg Palast, author of the New York Times bestseller Armed Madhouse)
"This is micro-historical writing at its best" (Walden Bello, author of Dilemmas of Domination)
An extraordinary history of the working class and its globalisation that takes Victorian factories, trade unions, fascism and today's migrant labourers, among many other subjects, in its epic sweep.See all Product Description
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The author argues that workers firstly tend to `create the new society from within the old' - a pre-welfare-state `union way of life' with services like education and health run by themselves - before confronting corporate power, and predicts a forthcoming global labour movement to match globalised capitalism.Read more ›
We need to learn the lessons of our history - to stop us compounding them. This book deserves to be on every secondary school history teachers' reading list and in every university library. Only by showing the next generation the relevance of the working class struggle can you enable them to build on lessons learnt to improve the present and future.
Paul Mason's book shows how the trade union movement grew, became global and then imploded as it failed to maintain its social contract with the working class. Today in modern service economies with good enforceable `elf and safety and employment laws trade unions seem an irrelevance. In developing countries the trade unions tend either to be part of corrupt kleptocratic establishments or are supporting shibboleths which exclude the poor and unskilled from the very rights which the original trade union organisers fought for.
Paul tells stories about the past to give us some pointers towards our possible future. As far as this goes this is good. But "Live Working or Die Fighting" is only a starting point.Read more ›
All in all, a serious topic covered in a writing style which is both gripping and compulsive.
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The incidents and situations described in this book are important historical events and the author's journalistic talent is clear from his work at Newsnight. Read morePublished 9 months ago by The Prodigal Son
Retained my interest. The chapters mainly focused on an historical perspective of the particular struggle in one country at some point in the last 200 years. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JaketheDax
I am a real fan of Paul Mason. I love his enthusiasm and his depth of knowledge. A marvellous book. Many thanks!Published 13 months ago by Fiddledd123
An excellent compendium of inspirational class struggles, drawing lessons for the current period of global struggles and utilising the accounts of the combatants themselves.Published 14 months ago by Mitch B
This book is long overdue. It reminds us of how very precious democracy is in protecting us all. Not just the poor.Published on 9 Jan. 2014 by irene melia
Not applicable to me as I'm retired. ( No, joking apart ) I bought this for a christmas present for a union man and he throughly enjoyed it.Published on 6 Jan. 2014 by lady jane
This is a very good book, reviewing some long lost episodes of working class history, with some interesting attempts to draw parallels with contemporary events within the new,... Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2012 by Dr. E. May
So much history here which is so needlessly neglected - real history, the stories of real people, their lives and their struggles for some semblance of fairness. Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2012 by P. Duval