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History buffs and scholars of the modern Age of Terror will devour this detailed account.
Far more than simply a wonderfully written narration of violent clashes between unionists and industrialists that climaxed with the bombing of the Los Angeles Times building in 1910, and the subsequent trial that tarnished Clarence Darrow’s legendary career, with barbed wit Irwin’s Deadly Times demonstrates how history repeats itself now because we have forgotten the costly lessons of the past. “The union’s attempt to silence the Los Angeles Times had failed in more ways than one. Not only did the dynamiting not stop it from publishing, but its editorial voice raised against the unions was, if anything, more bellicose, more provocative, more defiant than ever.” Irwin recalls the decade of terror that swept this nation in the first ten years of the last century when the most powerful union bosses utilized the services of professional dynamiters to destroy the work of “open shop” non-union construction. The author reminds us that within the very next decade this same workers’ movement would climax in Russia with the Bolshevic Revolution. Within this undeclared war the tension builds with an ever-increasing list of reputations at stake. Irwin warns us early on – this is a story without heroes. This documentary reads more like a novel with the suspenseful twists and turns, each side corrupted with the idea that the ends justify the means. Irwin follows each of the characters through the action with rich detail. ”
—C. D. Quyn, San Francisco Book Review
"He is one of the great reporters in America today....I could make a case that he is one of the most useful citizens." Poet Carl Sandburg to ABC News Chief Jim Hagerty, 1961. Lew Irwin has had a hand in nearly every facet of news and information broadcasting...
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