The first organized strike in American history occurred in 1636 when Maine fishermen balked at poor pay. From this point forward Paradis covers the continuing struggle between labor and management through the battles of the 19th century to the sieges of the '30's and comes right down to the present. His chapter on the racketeering charged to unions is dispassionately presented, separating fact from fiction and putting matters in a total perspective that eludes the periodical press. This unexcited approach robs some of the early history of its gaudy color, but it unquestionably dignifies an aspect of American history that is seldom told at all to younger readers. A fine companion volume to the author's Business In Action (1962).