It is important to realize that this is not an anti-labor book, but it is one of the most scorching and one of the most illuminating indictments of the criminal and vicious aspects of labor unions. The author was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his series on the International Longshoreman's Association and its president, Joe Ryan. The award was well deserved not only for the quality of the expose, but the courage it required in naming names and unions that have used murder, graft and extortion in their union tactics. These unions have operated in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Hollywood; these labor leaders have penetrated into high places. Those who are 100% anti-union will be inclined to assume that this is a universal labor picture. But the author makes very clear his own position that the great majority of unions are intelligently and honestly run, and are hurt as much as is the public by ""crime on the labor front"". The text is written succinctly and confidently, and reads as thrillingly as a crime story.