From studies of the 1st edition:
"Zweig's research of politics is going past the electoral, focusing in its place on how a large working-class social stream (often in alliance with segments of the pro heart classification) may perhaps reshape place of work and neighborhood strength kin in addition to nationwide politics."-The Nation
"Those who take (rather than supply) orders at paintings are the operating type; at sixty two percentage of the hard work strength, they seem to be a majority distracted and diverted from its top pursuits for numerous generations. Zweig indicates the consequences of this research for a couple of key political concerns, together with the 'underclass,' 'family values,' globalization, and what staff get (and should still get) from executive. placing category again at the desk produces a considerate, provocative research of the place the state goes and what operating humans may do approximately it."-Booklist
"In this stinky critique of sophistication and economics within the usa -part financial idea, half political lecture, and half reportage of working-class life-Zweig deals an insightful, radical research that would make many readers reconsider as a rule held yet unexamined ideals. Zweig helps his arguments with records, evidence and private tales and argues with a forcefulness and conviction subsidized through a deeply judgment of right and wrong of the honour that's as a result of all people of their paintings and workplace."-Publishers Weekly
"Michael Zweig presents us with a far wanted dialogue of sophistication in modern American society. whereas scholars can enjoy the publicity to a viewpoint that's presently lacking from the general public panorama, union organizers and activists may also take advantage of his discussions of employee energy and the rebirth of a democratic social move between operating people."-Contemporary Sociology
In the second one variation of his crucial book-which comprises important new details and new fabric on immigration, race, gender, and the social problem following 2008-Michael Zweig warns that via permitting the operating classification to vanish into different types of "middle type" or "consumers," we additionally let people with the dominant energy, capitalists, to fade one of the wealthy. monetary kinfolk then look as comparisons of source of revenue or way of life instead of as what they really are-contests of strength, at paintings and within the greater society.