First Ed thus, so stated. Very Good in Wraps: shows indications of careful use: shows the slightest spine lean and a binding is ever so slightly cocked; light wear to extremities; considerable rubbing to the wrapper covers and a faint crease running top to bottom of the front panel; the back strip is very lightly sunned, but the titles thereon remain quite legible; binding secure; text clean. Shows some signs of use and age, but remains clean, sturdy, and quite presentable. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 12mo. 432pp. All Edges Gilt. Mass Market Paperback. Eugene V. Debs is the only prisoner who ever ran for president of the U.S. ! ! He got about a million votes too! He was convicted by the U.S. government under the espionage act and sentenced to 10 years. The title is very telling and I interpret as being a fulfillment of scripture even if Mr. Stone didn't intend it to be. Read Daniel Chapter 2, especially verses 40-45. Daniel is able to interpret a dream by Nebuchadnezzar which no one else could do. Read verse 43 especially. Many peoples would intermix through marriage. Marriage is a great medium through which one can prey upon their enemies. Yes, I wished Debs would have married Gloria, his childhood sweetheart. I've read several of Irving Stone's books and loved every one of them. He, like Michener, will not only tell a good story but will educate you in the process. Both authors go to GREAT lengths to research their subjects. At times, their books can be tiresome, at least to me, because of so much information that is unfamiliar. But I am a slow reader who will not skim past the details. The book is dear to my heart because both my paternal grandfather and greatgrandfather were railroad engineers. My grandfather was born in 1894 and given the name Charles Debs Lumm. Most railroaders absolutely loved Eugene V. Debs. He was a tireless worker, defender of worker's rights. He helped establish the 8 hour work day and managed to organize the railroad workers so that they would no longer be subject to the railroad companies' whims. Many engineers and firemen were disabled for life or tragically killed in train wrecks in the early days of rail. The cost, financially, for the families so affected, so many, many times, would utterly impoverish them. Debs laid the groundwork for unions and insurance practices from those circumstances. However, I'm not so sure he would approve of the current state of those businesses today. Debs' socialism was probably not the same as the socialism of today. At the turn of the last century, there were large populist/socialist movements all over the world. This book is a good one to read about a significant man who lived during an interesting chapter of railroad history, who may have composed most of that small chapter himself.
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