A powerful labor novel with a central character who is a commanding personality, his power , his and emotional stresses convincingly portrayed. out of his and sphere and never entirely found himself. From a Pennsylvania mining town background of object poverty and too early responsibility and and doses of learning, Jake emerged at fifteen already pledged emotionally to the cause of labor. But driven by an urge to pull himself up by his own abilities so that he outstripped his fellows, he became one of the ""bosses"". Marriage to an ambitious girl -- deep roeted emotional conflict in his relations with his fellow workers ended in his choosing the way of labor, and losing his wife and home. New York -- the g of poverty again, the creation of himself as a cominant figure in the labor organizing ranks, disillusionment with his fellows -- with the ideals and methods of communism, a new emotional relationship with a parlor pink and again disaster, implicit in the pattern of his life is the story of the labor movement from 1901 through the emotional hysteria of the Sacco-Manzetti tragedy, to demonstrations during the impression period and the for organization-control-and caution. The two main love stories of his life and extraordinarily well handled -- and always the conflict with the dominant urge, self-expression through the cause. Unrelieved by humor, but immensely moving, challenging, disturbing. A book one cannot dismiss.