NO LAMB FOR SLAUGHTER by Edward Lamb

NO LAMB FOR SLAUGHTER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fascinating shenanigans in and out of court, during labor-management disputes, fill the memoirs of former labor counsellor Edward Lamb. Now a very, very rich man, Lamb writes with liberal convictions and constant insight. Many national figures fill his pages, including John L. Lewis, Senator Kefauver, ex-President Truman, Joe McCarthy and other headliners. Mr. Lamb's greatest coup was winning the Portal-to-Portal court fight in the Forties, which set up a legal definition for the work week for the first time in history. The first half of his autobiography details many literally bloody battles in defense of union organizing versus unfair management practices during the tarpaper-shack Thirties, when even the courts were prejudiced and ringed by bayonets. The second half concerns his accumulation of an empire in enterprises (radio, TV and publishing) and of an attack on him by the Federal Communications Commission. The attack, a witch hunt sponsored in its preliminaries by Senator McCarthy himself, included an attempt to revoke Mr. Lamb's licenses by smearing him as a Communist. By an incredible series of legal procedures (use of paid, fraudulent witnesses), the FCO baited Mr. Lamb through an enormously lengthy trial, which he eventually won hands down and which caused heart attacks and an FCC shake-up. An absorbing book by an extremely likable man.

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World