THE CO-OPERATIVE CHALLENGE by Bertram B. Fowler

THE CO-OPERATIVE CHALLENGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Again a history of the achievements of the cooperative movement in America, this is a sympathetic, if not particularly dramatic, presentation stressing the importance of the co-operatives, as a balance wheel of free enterprise. How this plan, which originated with the Roohdale, England, weavers in 1844, first applied the principles of democracy to the economic system; how it spread to continental Europe, then to America. In Ohio, in the '20's, a first demonstration of power as prices were influenced and held in check by the co-operatives; in Indiana, with the fight against diseased flocks and inefficient farming. The petroleum co-ops, which spread across the country; the producer-marketing co-ops; the community and the co-op stores; the power and utilities' co-ops on the Pacific Coast; housing, insurance, medicine- and their tie-up with unions and labor, their repudiation of communism and the failure of communist attempts to infiltrate. The book closes with a word on the weakness of the co-ops today, the need for national unification, for expansion, if they are still to be considered as one hope for this country's future...The coverage here is perhaps wider than in any book of recent publication; Harper has published the best in recent years. The market is largely among those already interested.

Pub Date: Aug. 20th, 1947
Publisher: Little, Brown