The Life and Times of Walter Reuther


Publisher ‏ : ‎ Page Vision Press (July 25, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 872 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1960946161
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1960946164
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 2.77 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 1.94 x 9 inches



The Life and Times of Walter Reuther recounts the events and social movements that have shaped modern America and the role Walter Reuther played in many of them. For over thirty years Reuther and his United Automobile Workers Union were in the vanguard of voices advancing economic and social policies that raised the standard of living for many Americans. Reuther serves as a lens through which a period of labor advances, civil rights struggle, and hot and cold war are viewed. The book traces the formative years of the Reuther brothers in Wheeling and follows Walter and Victor Reuther’s European adventure to their ancestral homeland during the rise of Hitler and into the Gorky Autoworks factory in Soviet Russia. The pair returned home to help lead the labor battles in Flint and Dearborn that established a UAW presence in the factories and ultimately brought Walter Reuther to the bargaining table to negotiate historic labor agreements. Reuther’s story includes assassination attempts, confrontations with Senator Goldwater and Nikita Khrushchev, and a presence on the national and world stage for a quarter of a century. The book also discusses attitudes toward immigration and race throughout the twentieth century that echo in our discourse today.


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