Yes, indeed, and make it good fresh air, for here is one of these oversized sagas of the early days of the labor movement, in meticulous detail, most of it unpleasant. A derivative of Halper and Maitz, without their punch; hampered by undisciplined wordage, literary mannerisms, unnecessary devotion to distasteful sexual ornamentation. The story of Simon Epstein, who quits his job in a Los Angeles department store, takes odd jobs in Oakland, in Salt Lake City, in Chicago; who drifts from foundry, to restaurant, to farm. Each locale provides its amatory experience; in Chicago he becomes involved in the radical movement; he returns to his department store berth in Los Angeles, and helps to unionize the store. The book closes with a strike, which ends in violence -- and failure. A book with a theme greater than its handling, which alienates where it intends to affect.