Vanderbilt Law Review

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It is very rare to find a worthwhile book so fraught with fundamental weaknesses. Fortunately, Aronowitz' flawed conclusions readily can be separated from his fine historical and political analysis of the American labor movement. The first two sections of the book are a legitimate contribution to historical progressive labor scholarship. The broader perspective posited by Aronowitz, the union organizer, may enhance future labor scholarship. The crucial task, however, remains: Progressive labor scholars must move from criticism of conventional labor relations modalities to a formulation of realistic plans for the achievement of full human dignity in the employment environment. Working Class Hero is an incremental step toward that goal. It is a pointed illustration of how difficult the task is and of how much work remains for progressive labor scholars. Aronowitz concludes by expressly recognizing the formidable nature of the problem and by encouraging hope for the future: