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Monday, March 23, 2009

Monday, March 23 - Dynamite! with Jon Bekken

Who was Louis Adamic? The author of the seminal Dynamite: The Story of Class Violence in America, isn’t around, but his amazingly honest, well-written, revisionist history of labor and, yes, class violence as a theme of American history is back, in a handsome edition put out by the committed and creative folks at AK Press, with a helpful and smart introduction by one of our best radical historians, my guest Jon Bekken. Professor Bekken is co-author of The Industrial Workers of the World: Its First 100 Years and co-editor of Radical Economics and Labor. He is associate professor of communications at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania, a former General Secretary of the IWW, and a member of the Anarcho-Syndicalist Review editorial collective. Impressive credentials, a great introduction to the reissue of Dynamite, and I’m lucky to have Jon Bekken as my guest today to remind us of how terrific, readable and important is this classic work. Monday at noon on Bibliocracy - KPFK 90.7 FM, 98.7 FM in Santa Barbara or online and archived at

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