The Iron Heel

Jack London - Author

Jonathan Auerbach - Editor/introduction

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ISBN 9781440627118 | 288 pages | 25 Jul 2006 | Penguin Classics | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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Part science fiction, part dystopian fantasy, part radical socialist tract, Jack London’s The Iron Heel offers 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 World or 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