Iron Heel

ISBN-10: 0143039717
ISBN-13: 9780143039716
Edition: 60th 2006 (Annotated)
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Description: Part science fiction, part dystopian fantasy, part radical socialist tract, Jack Londons The Iron Heeloffers a grim depiction of warfare between the classes in America and around the globe. Originally published nearly a hundred years ago, it  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Edition: 60th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Part science fiction, part dystopian fantasy, part radical socialist tract, Jack Londons The Iron Heeloffers a grim depiction of warfare between the classes in America and around the globe. Originally published nearly a hundred years ago, it anticipated many features of the past century, including the rise of fascism, the emergence of domestic terrorism, and the growth of centralized government surveillance and authority. What begins as a war of words ends in scenes of harrowing violence as the state oligarchy, known as the Iron Heel, moves to crush all opposition to its power. BACKCOVER: A truer prophecy of the future than either Brave New Worldor The Shape of Things to Come. George Orwell Still more astonishing is the genuinely prophetic vision of the methods by which the Iron Heel will sustain its domination over crushed mankind. Leon Trotsky

One of the pioneers of 20th century American literature, Jack London specialized in tales of adventure inspired by his own experiences. London was born in San Francisco in 1876. At 14, he quit school and became an "oyster pirate," robbing oyster beds to sell his booty to the bars and restaurants in Oakland. Later, he turned on his pirate associates and joined the local Fish Patrol, resulting in some hair-raising waterfront battles. Other youthful activities included sailing on a seal-hunting ship, traveling the United States as a railroad tramp, a jail term for vagrancy and a hazardous winter in the Klondike during the 1897 gold rush. Those experiences converted him to socialism, as he educated himself through prolific reading and began to write fiction. After a struggling apprenticeship, London hit literary paydirt by combining memories of his adventures with Darwinian and Spencerian evolutionary theory, the Nietzchean concept of the "superman" and a Kipling-influenced narrative style. "The Son of the Wolf"(1900) was his first popular success, followed by 'The Call of the Wild" (1903), "The Sea-Wolf" (1904) and "White Fang" (1906). He also wrote nonfiction, including reportage of the Russo-Japanese War and Mexican revolution, as well as "The Cruise of the Snark" (1911), an account of an eventful South Pacific sea voyage with his wife, Charmian, and a rather motley crew. London's body broke down prematurely from his rugged lifestyle and hard drinking, and he died of uremic poisoning - possibly helped along by a morphine overdose - at his California ranch in 1916. Though his massive output is uneven, his best works - particularly "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang" - have endured because of their rich subject matter and vigorous prose.

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