Charles K. Piehl

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The Penguin Book of Migration Literature: Departures, Arrivals, Generations, Returns

With the exception of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Displaced, no similar recent collection of evocative reflections on the migration experience exists. This will appeal to students and general readers, if only as a starting point for further exploration

Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor

Although somewhat uneven in its coverage of labor history, this lively and informative read will appeal to those interested in the current challenges facing American workers. [See Prepub Alert, 2/18/19.]

A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century

Readers interested in the human and historical aspects of immigration will find this book extremely useful and insightful.

Searching for Stonewall Jackson: A Quest for Legacy in a Divided America

Although the book may appeal to devoted fans of this hero of the Confederacy, it fails to provide new insight into Jackson’s character or accomplishments.


Workers on Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America

Trotter includes an impressive bibliographic essay in this useful survey of an important topic that will be particularly useful for readers with interests in labor and race relations.

The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change

A highly readable book that will appeal to general readers trying to understand the rapid changes in the nature of work.

Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary

Primarily for those already familiar with and interested in the late 20th-century roots of the current economy. [See Prepub Alert, 2/26/18.]

Rising in Flames: Sherman's March and the Fight for a New Nation

A fascinating book with new perspectives for both Civil War buffs and more general readers.

The Rise of the Working-Class Shareholder: Labor's Last Best Weapon

Webber never clearly identifies this book's audience, and its loose organization may frustrate readers unfamiliar with this topic yet appeal to those wishing for a revival of organized labor.

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