In a prolific career more than five decades long, Nelson Lichtenstein has devised a kind of labor history that was always implicitly, and by now obviously, a broad “history of capitalism” founded on a radical critique of capital's reign. His meticulous research and sharp-focused analyses provide keys to reveal the main currents and the meaning of US history over the twentieth century and now into the twenty-first. And in interpreting the ebbs and flows of labor struggle, he sets the highest standard of what it means to be an engaged scholar.

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