Another Staff Pick from our Sam, nonfiction this time.
“In Ray Ginger’s biography, The Bending Cross, of the socialist, union organizer, and all around leftist Eugene V. Debs, Ginger documents how powerful, popular, and dangerous Debs was at the turn of the twentieth century. Ginger’s book is a biography about a great man doing great things but what makes the book worth reading is the larger story it tells. To tells Deb’s story Ginger also provides us with a detailed of the Pullman strike, the creation of the Industrial Workers of the World with Big Bill Hayward and “Mother” Mary Jones, and how an out-right socialist was able to garner over a million votes in the 1912 election against the likes of Wilson and Roosevelt. In the end, Deb’s life reminds us that we must also remember the activists and outsiders who helped shape early twentieth century America.”
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