George Meany And His Times: A Biography


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From the dust jacket flap: "George Meany was not only the architect of the AFL-CIO, its leader, its most articulate spokesman and its enduring symbol for twenty-four years; he was also one of Americas most influential lobbyists for progressive legislation and one of the worlds most controversial, outspoken and incorruptible public figures. His career of labor leadership, starting in the old AFL, spanned six decades. In this landmark biography, labor reporter Archie Robinson draws on personal interviews and unpublished documents to gather, for the first time in one volume, the experiences, the accomplishments, and the opinions of the Bronx plumbers son who became Americas greatest labor leader. On one level this is an American success story: that of a journeyman plumber, a high-school dropout, who rose from the ranks of organized labor to do battle with eight Presidents and transform a scattered alliance of small unions into a powerful and independent organization. On another level, Meanys life story is that of the movement he served and led, from the early attempts to gain a voice for the workingman, through the internecine disputes that so embittered the history of trade unionism, to the triumph of unionism as a major political force...What emerges is the portrait of a man whose love of country, family and individual liberty motivated his labor philosophy and whose honesty and pragmatism were his most effective tools for turning his ideals into progress. A major and enduring work of American biography, GEORGE MEANY AND HIS TIMES not only reveals the complex and colorful personality of the man who shaped the American labor movement, but it also depicts the political events and social advances of the past forty years from a unique and illuminating vantage point."