Which Side Are You On?: Trying to Be for Labor When It's Flat on Its Back

Which Side Are You On?: Trying to Be for Labor When It's Flat on Its Back

When it first appeared in hardcover, Which Side Are You On? received widespread critical accolades, and was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. In this new paperback edition, Thomas Geoghegan has updated his eloquent plea for the relevance of organized labor in America with an afterword covering the labor movement through the 1990s. A funny, sharp, unsentimental career memoir, Which Side Are You On? pairs a compelling history of the rise and near-fall of labor in the United States with an idealist's disgruntled exercise in self-evaluation. Writing with the honesty of an embattled veteran still hoping for the best, Geoghegan offers an entertaining, accessible, and literary introduction to the labor movement, as well as an indispensable touchstone for anyone whose hopes have run up against the unaccommodating facts on the ground. Wry and inspiring, Which Side Are You On? is the ideal book for anyone who has ever woken up and realized, "You must change your life."

Title:Which Side Are You On?: Trying to Be for Labor When It's Flat on Its Back
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781565848863
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  • Libby

    i wish it was more recent, would have liked to hear his thoughts on EFCA + the latest dance between big labor and the Democrats. p. 42- "A fine labor historian, Irving Bernstein, wrote about this peri...

  • Aaron Arnold

    Not that I've read a lot of books about labor law, but this is the most well-written book about the experience of practicing labor law I've ever read, a sort of ground-level counterpart to the labor-m...

  • Leonard Nakamura

    If you are interested in politics, this is a must read. I had heard about this book for years and resisted reading it. A book about the labor unions? How sad. Too depressing. And, frankly, it is depre...

  • Dave

    A great memoir from a career labor lawyer. I can't imagine about CEO's and union busters being anywhere near as compelling, heartbreaking and, at times, uplifting but if someone wants to recommend one...

  • Roxanne

    Geoghegan is bougie and liberal but he's very transparent about it. The book is a pretty good introduction to American labor politics....

  • Mephistia

    I'm kind of ambivalent about this book. We're reading it for a class, and I really vacillate from one chapter to the next on whether I find this book helpful or not. Geoghegan is definitely aware of h...

  • Jamie VW

    This book elicited intensely ambivalent emotions in me and I think overall, I came away more irritated than pleased. Of course, I am biased as a labor organizer with my own many critiques of the movem...

  • Amc

    I liked this book because it flowed like a novel and has some nice deadpan comedy (which helps if you like that style of humor). You wouldn't need to be involved in the labor movement to enjoy or unde...

  • Irving Koppel

    If one is already depressed about the status of labor in America,he probably shouldn't read this book. Total union membership,except for government employees and the Service Employees'InternationalU...

  • Tracy

    I thought this book was a little strange. A lot of it is really interesting and enlightening, but he's doing this weird thing of saying he feels like an outsider in the labor movement because he's an ...