This collective biography of labor leaders starts with a most appropriate quotation from Dickens' Hard Times in which he described the ugly sameness that might still be the lot of industrial workers without unionization. There are eleven top union men described: Sylvis, Powderly, Compers, Haywood, Green, Lewis, Murray, Dubinsky, Hillman, Reuther and Randolph. The selection allows for an historic overview of changing conditions through the consecutive career lives. Biographies of today's saltiest (and sometimes suspect) leaders aren't here (and neither are yesterday's real rapscallions). They never make juvenile print -- that sort of thing is left to the five minute news-break on record shows, if youngsters don't blink off their ears. Standard silences, but brief and useful for what is covered.