This was originally scheduled for February publication and reported on December 1st (page 555), as follows:- ""Another direction for the author of Life and Death of a Spanish Town, for this is a novel with social implications and an American industrial background. Loring owns not only the mills inherited from his father, but virtually the town in which they stand, the mayor, the press, the church, et al. This is the story of the fight he waged successfully against unionization, of the victory which proved, for him personally, defeat, in all that mattered (although he did not recognize it as such). It is a human picture of the men and women -- a might-be-true story going on in many industrial centers. Well done, but the satirical handling of the capitalistic point of view will limit its book buying market. "" -- -- The details of the methods used to break strike will have a familiar ring to those who have followed recent labor activity, as it is quite obviously based on an actual occurrence which marked a milestone in American industrial history. Others will read it as a revelation of what can be done, granted power and money, and humanity that begins and ends with a paternalistic point of view.