The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon

  • Title: The Man Who Never Died: The Life, Times, and Legacy of Joe Hill, American Labor Icon
  • Author: William M. Adler
  • ISBN: 9781596916968
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Man Who Never Died The Life Times and Legacy of Joe Hill American Labor Icon In Joe Hill was convicted of murder in Utah and sentenced to death by firing squad igniting international controversy Many believed Hill was innocent condemned for his association with the Ind
    In 1914, Joe Hill was convicted of murder in Utah and sentenced to death by firing squad, igniting international controversy Many believed Hill was innocent, condemned for his association with the Industrial Workers of the World the radical Wobblies Now, following four years of intensive investigation, William M Adler gives us the first full scale biography of Joe HiIn 1914, Joe Hill was convicted of murder in Utah and sentenced to death by firing squad, igniting international controversy Many believed Hill was innocent, condemned for his association with the Industrial Workers of the World the radical Wobblies Now, following four years of intensive investigation, William M Adler gives us the first full scale biography of Joe Hill, and presents never before published documentary evidence that comes as close as one can to definitively exonerating him.Joe Hill s gripping tale is set against a brief but electrifying moment in American history, between the century s turn and World War I, when the call for industrial unionism struck a deep chord among disenfranchised workers when class warfare raged and capitalism was on the run Hill was the union s preeminent songwriter, and in death, he became organized labor s most venerated martyr, celebrated by Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, and immortalized in the ballad I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night The Man Who Never Died does justice to Joe Hill s extraordinary life and its controversial end Drawing on extensive new evidence, Adler deconstructs the case against his subject and argues convincingly for the guilt of another man Reading like a murder mystery, and set against the background of the raw, turn of the century West, this essential American story will make news and expose the roots of critical contemporary issues.

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    1. Bill has done an excellent job in uncovering new material about Hill and thereby creating a much more accurate portrait of this noted Wobbly. This new information also supports the argument that Hill was innocent of the crimes for which he was executed. The identity of Hill's alibi woman and the circumstances of Hill's gunshot wound are revealed. On the basis of this book, Hill deserves renewed attention concerning his life and works and his execution by firing squad in Utah. Beyond that, this s [...]

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    2. If you never died, can you help the younger generations find a voice to lead them?We have Michael Moore and others, but who do we (they, the younger generations) have that will put their ideologies to song? A voice that can help overcome what I perceive as wanton apathy?Injustices rampant today can be compared to those of the early Twentieth Century.So . . . "come back Woody . . . we need you now."I will request that our Library purchase a copy for our collection.

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    3. This bookis bookis book is probably one of the best well written about a history and an icon , Joe Hill. The WobbliesEugene Debs.Mother JonesDissentpovertymigrantsg buisnesse intermixing of corporations and statesI really do hope people will read this book.It is eye-opening, revelatoryd awe inspiring. Dissent by itself is startling.but with courage of ones convictions its breathtaking

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    4. I believe Mr. Adler has proven his case, although circumstantial it is more compelling that the one brought by the anchorites of Utah and Salt Lake City. The one thing that most struck me while reading the book was the cliche that the more things change, the more they stay the same; class warfare is not the province of Occupy and the 99%, except that today's protestors do not have a personage of the stature of Joe Hill to inspire them, even much less so than the antiwar protestors of the 60s and [...]

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    5. I read about a quarter of this book. It seems like a fine non-fiction read about a lesser known historical figure during the labor movement. Unfortunately, I'm not in same mood for reading non-fiction I was at the time I started the book and have decided to set it aside.

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    6. Fantastic book! I love how it was written. This is a man I knew very little about, although while reading some of his songs, some of the phrases sounded like things my grandpa would say from time to time - so I guess he does still live on! His is a very sad story, but to someone with social justice inclinations, also very inspiring - and I would love to know why Otto and Hilda never came forward. The ridiculous headlines revolving around this story are exactly why I don't trust the media today - [...]

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    7. An essential book. The story of Joe Hill is inseparable from the story of the International Workers of the World. Joe was the consummate Wobbly, committed and ideological to a fault, his dedication to the One Big Union is likely what sealed his death. In this masterwork of research, William Adler lays out the evidence that Joe Hill wasn't rightfully convicted of murder, the evidence was trumped up, barely circumstantial. Instead, Adler veritably proves that Joe was killed due to his radical beli [...]

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    8. I first came to know of Joe Hill through the songs of Billy Bragg and Phil Ochs, who lead me to Earl Robinson and then back to the man himself. I always knew pieces of his story but this well researched and cleverly structured book filled in a lot of background details going back to his birth in Sweden, through to his stuggles, finding his voice and role as the songwriter par excellence for the Wobblies at a vital, violent and fractious time for the oppressed workers in the USA.Adler forensicall [...]

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    9. Joe Hill would be occupying wall street right and raising hell against the inequities of our society. But the times back 100 years ago were immeasurably harsher for the marginal working class. The USA was a developing country based on cheap wages and no safety net. The IWW pushed for industrial unionism: one big union and endorsed strikes and sabotage to prolong work. A two day job could become a five day job if the work was stretched out. Hill an immigrant from Sweden had become a troubadour fo [...]

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    10. Civilization levels can be measured by how a society deals with the "others" among us. Whether it is Wobbly labor agitators, illegal immigrants, Gays, Lesbians, emotionally disturbed, or simply vocal opponents of the status quo and "conventional wisdom". In this country, everyone must be offered an opportunity for expression. As we live now in a time where suppression of free speech is again an issue, Adler's book is a stark reminder of how important these freedoms are.In the early 20th Century, [...]

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    11. The legend of labor activist and IWW songwriter Joe Hill remains compelling even a century after his unjust execution for a murder he did not commit -- and in this book, author William Adler offers strong new evidence to disprove the state of Utah's profoundly weak case against Hill (and explains how Hill really received his gunshot wound on the night of the fateful crime a few miles away.) Adler also sheds new light on Hill's early life in Sweden, his unlikely evolution from an unknown immigran [...]

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    12. I finished reading the book on February 28, 2014. It was quite frankly one of the best books I've ever read. I must admit of a certain bias since I went to grade, junior high and high school with him. We have a mutual close friend who remarked that he "must be the most conservative (politically) person who's read the book." I do not think the fact that being relatively conservative makes a difference. No conservative in his right mind would advocate the kind of working conditions and deprivation [...]

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    13. I dreamed I read a biography of Joe Hill last night. Actually I did, but really most of Joe's short life is a mystery and the book focuses primarily on his arrest for murder in Salt Lake City, the evidence (some of it new) which proves he didn't do it, and the miscarriage of justice that ultimately resulted in his execution, despite pleas from everyone including President Wilson. The middle part of the book, which focuses on the rise of the IWW and the various freedom of speech actions in Fresno [...]

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    14. Although the story of Joe Hill is compelling -- immigrant, hobo, organizer, bard, martyr -- the background on the IWW and the war waged on the organization is at least as compelling. For us locals there are some nice morsels on scoundrels like Harrison Otis of the LA Times. The main message of the book is perhaps that Joe was framed, got a horrible trial, and refused to defend himself effectively, effectively making himself a martyr. But the machinations of the gangsters in industry, politics, a [...]

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    15. As an old folkie from the 60's, I had heard of Joe Hill off and on. However, I had no real knowledge of his life and times. This was an excellent research and description of Joe Hill's life, and certainly showed the corruption of the Utah State government in prosecuting and executing Joe for a murder he did not commit. I'm not so certain all that much has changed in our system. A very enjoyable read.

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    16. This is a fascinating story but I didn’t enjoy the read. Too dense, too much repetition. The author tells the story in circles. I’m glad I read the book, but it felt more like educational than pleasure reading. For students (or veterans) of labor history, this would be a slam dunk, as the story is an inspiring one.

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    17. Had the opportunity to meet the author at Magers & Quinn. Laid out a lot of questions and he came up with either answers or responses that added to what I got out of the book. A very good book for illustrating the core values of being union member without the first hand experience. Oh, and I have over 30 years of my own experience.

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    18. An incredibly interesting and moving book about labor leader and songwriter Joe Hill and the IWW. It gives a lot of information about his life and death, and also more generally unions, strikes and strikebreaking, and other leading IWW figures of his time. Most of the problems Hill and his circle were fighting for still exist today.

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    19. Deeply researched and a story well told, this book focuses heavily on the events on the night of the alleged crime and the subsequent trial In between we get the legend of Joe Hill, a hard-to-figure case in most ways but two: songwriting (he was a master, funny, topical and prolific) and loyal to the end (guts and commitment in the extreme) "Takes more than guns to kill a man "

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    20. Great historical overview of Joe Hill, an inspiring person.

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    21. had a bunch of other reading material in queue but then I was at the library and this was one of the featured picks and what. I am not made of stone you guys

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    22. Not the most well written biography I've read, but clearly a disturbing insight into the legal system 100 years ago, and how our society treats those who are outside the norm.

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    23. Intriguing, compelling story, very well written.

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    24. Part true crime, but also in part a reflection of how we shape the narrative of our lives--and are shaped in turn both by circumstances and our reactions to those circumstances.

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    25. Really one of the best biographies I've ever read about one of the most fascinating men who ever lived

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    26. An interesting book. It didn't stick with me much though.

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    27. I never knew anything about Joe Hill, so this book was very interesting and engaging to read.

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    28. Good book on labor history.

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    29. Excellent chronicle of the life and legend of the organized labor martyr and icon, Wobbly activist and prolific composer of protest songs who would influence Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger.

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