The Edge of Anarchy by Jack Kelly audiobook

The Edge of Anarchy: The Railroad Barons, the Gilded Age, and the Greatest Labor Uprising in America

By Jack Kelly
Read by Traber Burns

By Jack Kelly
Read by Traber Burns

Blackstone Publishing 9781250128867

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Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982564797

  • ISBN: 9781982564780

  • ISBN: 9781982564810

  • ISBN: 9781982621032

Runtime: 11.26 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The dramatic story of the explosive 1894 clash of industry, labor, and government that shook the nation and marked a turning point for America

The Edge of Anarchy offers a vivid account of the greatest uprising of working people in American history. At the pinnacle of the Gilded Age, a boycott of Pullman sleeping cars by hundreds of thousands of railroad employees brought commerce to a standstill across much of the country. Famine threatened, riots broke out along the rail lines. Soon the US Army was on the march and gunfire rang from the streets of major cities.

This epochal tale offers fascinating portraits of two iconic characters of the age. George Pullman, who amassed a fortune by making train travel a pleasure, thought the model town that he built for his workers would erase urban squalor. Eugene Debs, founder of the nation’s first industrial union, was determined to wrench power away from the reigning plutocrats. The clash between the two men’s conflicting ideals pushed the country to what the US attorney general called “the ragged edge of anarchy.”

Many of the themes of The Edge of Anarchy could be taken from today’s headlines—upheaval in America’s industrial heartland, wage stagnation, breakneck technological change, and festering conflict over race, immigration, and inequality. With the country now in a New Gilded Age, this look back at the violent conflict of an earlier era offers illuminating perspectives along with a breathtaking story of a nation on the edge.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“During the summer of 1894, the stubborn and irascible Pullman became a central player in what the New York Times called ‘the greatest battle between labor and capital [ever] inaugurated in the United States.’ Jack Kelly tells the fascinating tale of that terrible struggle.” Wall Street Journal
“Timely and urgent…The core of The Edge of Anarchy is a thrilling description of the boycott of Pullman cars and equipment by Eugene Debs’ fledgling American Railway Union.” New York Times
“Kelly vividly portrays the personalities involved, from elected officials to labor leaders, and makes the tensions of the time quite contemporary.” Booklist (starred review)
“Narrator Traber Burns enthusiastically brings listeners into the world of the Pullman sleeping car empire…His deliberate pacing enhances the author’s abundant research on these events, including the federal government’s ordering of military troops, marches to Washington, blacklisted employees, and union participation by female seamstresses.” AudioFile
“Kelly’s vigorous narrative serves well to set down the facts of a turbulent, little-known history.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Jack Kelly

Author Bio: Jack Kelly

Jack Kelly is a journalist, novelist, and historian, whose books include Band of Giants: The Amateur Soldiers Who Won America’s Independence, which received the History Award Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution. He has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, American Heritage, and other national periodicals and is a fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts. He has appeared on the History Channel and been interviewed on National Public Radio.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 11.26
Audience: Adult
Language: English