Labor in Crisis

No longer active. The hope for a revived progressive movement in American politics and culture depends to a large extent on the possibility of a revived labor movement. This series will stimulate debate and discussion about the state of the American labor movement and its relation to the future of America by publishing short, provocative books that offer varying analyses and prescriptions for labor's revival as well as diverse assessments of its prospects. Books in the series will be relevant to a vision of the labor movement that presupposes movements and people who care about the chances of more equality, more democratic participation in the institutions of political and social life, and more power for those traditionally excluded from economic and political decision making. 

Financialization of Daily Life

Randy Martin

How investment banking and playing the market moved from Wall Street to Main Street

240 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


In Transit

The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933-1966

Joshua B. Freeman

An award-winning history of the Transport Workers Union, and an example of radical organizing in action

464 pages | 6 x 9 | 1 figure, 16 halftones, 1 map


Labor of Fire

The Ontology of Labor between Economy and Culture

Bruno Gullì

Can work exist outside of capitalism?

232 pages | 6 x 9


Labor's Story in the United States

Philip Nicholson

A comprehensive, readable history of work in America

376 pages | 7 x 10 | 7 figures, 8 halftones


Labor's Time

Shorter Hours, the UAW, and the Struggle for American Unionism

Jonathan Cutler

What ever happened to labor's fight for a shorter workweek?

256 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


Labor's War at Home

The CIO in World War II

Nelson Lichtenstein

A new edition of a classic book on how World War II changed the face of labor in the US

352 pages | 6 x 9 | 4 tables, 1 figs.


Ordinary Poverty

A Little Food and Cold Storage

William DiFazio

A biting chronicle of the life of the working poor in the wake of welfare reform

232 pages | 6 x 9


Out of the Jungle

Jimmy Hoffa and the Remaking of the American Working Class

Thaddeus Russell

A provocative and controversial account of the rise of Jimmy Hoffa

296 pages | 6 x 9 | 15 halftones


The Rule of Racialization

Class, Identity, Governance

Steve Martinot

A significant re-writing of the history of class formation in the US

256 pages | 7 x 10


The Sign of the Burger

McDonald's and the Culture of Power

Joe L. Kincheloe

A refreshingly sophisticated yet readable examination of the power of American culture—and burgers

240 pages | 5.5 x 8.25


The Triangle Fire, the Protocols of Peace, and Industrial Democracy in Progressive Era New York

Richard Alan Greenwald

A history that uncovers the birth of Industrial Democracy

344 pages | 6 x 9 | 3 halftones