The Hammer: Power, Inequality, and the Struggle for the Soul of Labor

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Hachette Books
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6.34 X 9.18 X 0.74 inches | 0.98 pounds

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About the Author
Hamilton Nolan is a labor journalist who writes regularly for In These Times magazine and The Guardian. He has written about labor, politics, and class war for The New York Times, the Washington Post, Gawker, Splinter, and other publications. He was the longest-serving writer in Gawker's history, and was a leader in unionizing Gawker Media in 2015. Hamilton is a proud member of the Writers Guild of America, East. He lives in Brooklyn.
"Hamilton Nolan is one of the greatest living American labor journalists, and his debut book, The Hammer, shows exactly why. In this deeply reported work of journalism, Nolan shows both his endless compassion for the workers and organizers laboring to change this world for the better, and his willingness to turn an unsparingly critical eye on the movement's own blind spots and failings. It's that commitment to honesty, integrity, and empathy (as well as his willingness to call bullshit when needed) that has long made his work essential reading, and it shines especially bright in The Hammer. If you love something, you must be willing to criticize it and encourage it to do better, and with The Hammer, Nolan makes clear just how much he loves the labor movement."--Kim Kelly, author of Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor
"The Hammer is a smart, lively and trenchant look at the myriad problems that American workers face, from poverty-level wages to blatant union-busting to obscene levels of income inequality. It's also a stirring call for stronger action to lift America's workers as well as a stinging critique of the nation's labor unions for failing to do more to organize and fight for workers. It's one of the best-written, most colorful books on labor that I've read in years."--Steven Greenhouse, author Beaten Down, Worked Up
"Labor journalist Nolan makes his book debut with a rousing look at union activities across the country and an impassioned argument for the protection of workers' rights....Spirited reporting on workers' lives."--Kirkus Reviews
"One of my favorite writers reports with passion and courage on one of the most pressing challenges America faces: saving our economy from plutocracy. We need more hammers like him."--Rick Perlstein, author of Reaganland and Nixonland
"A new and fresh perspective on the recent evolution of labor movements in the United States.... This important book shows how unions in a wide range of industries can utilize their inherent power and explores the complicated and necessary relationship between labor and politics, encouraging readers to examine how one affects the other. Well researched and reported, with a propulsive storytelling style. Nolan's outstanding book will interest readers who follow news about equality efforts but might not be familiar with the complex world of labor organizing."--Library Journal (starred review)
"[The Hammer] is both a love letter to the power of workplace organizing and a lacerating critique of the shortcomings of mainstream labor organizations, which Nolan argues have failed to meet the moment."--Vanity Fair
"A lively account of the current landscape of American labor organizing....The Hammer offers an impressive array of scenes from the front lines of the 21st-century economy.... passionate, muckraking spirit."--The New York Times
"Hamilton Nolan presents a compelling argument that a re-energized labor movement could present the best vehicle for saving American democracy.... Nolan offers a vivid snapshot of the current union movement."--Matter Magazine
"Really impressed...[the book] brought back a lot of [the] writing, sense of humor, candor."--"The Construction Leadership" podcast
"A progressive call for the weakening American labor movement to transform itself, so it can acquire more power, revamp U.S. politics itself, and reduce economic inequality.... There is also refreshing encouragement in the anti-elitism of much of Nolan's consonant critique of top-down 'bigness.'"--The Giving Review