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Wildcat by William Trent Pancoast

Wildcat by William Trent Pancoast

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Author
William Trent Pancoast
Publisher
Blazing Flowers Press
Date of release
Pages
124
ISBN
9780982914205
Binding
Paperback
Illustrations
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Rating
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Wildcat has been banned by the United Auto Workers International Union: General Motors and the United Auto Workers lock horns in this tale of a go-for-broke wildcat strike. Wildcat is set in Vietnam-era, 1970 Ohio at a General Motors stamping plant--lots of laughs and labor history, and a not-nostalgic look at what Vietnam cost us all.---------- In most of the recent books, articles, and analyses of General Motors, few armchair critics have bothered to write about the company's attitude toward the rank-and-file workers who build its cars. Fortunately, we now have Bill Pancoast, a front-line autoworker in one of GM's key factories for many years, to thank for filling that void. For those trying to understand why the auto industry is where it is today, Wildcat will provide some of the answers. --Dave Elsila, editor, Solidarity magazine, 1976-1998 and former editor, American Teacher and Changing Education---------- Bill Pancoast's Wildcat is a funny, sad, and thoroughly convincing portrait of autoworkers--many damaged by war, broken dreams, or substance abuse--dependent on a General Motors plant in fictional Cranston, Ohio, during the Sixties and Seventies. After reading this moving story, I once again asked myself: why is the subject of work so often neglected by today's fiction writers? Fortunately, we have Pancoast to fill in some of the blanks. --Donald Ray Pollock, author of Knockemstiff---------- Most novelists haven't been anywhere near an auto plant, let alone worked in one, but Bill Pancoast has. Wildcat takes us inside a spontaneous strike at an Ohio stamping plant in the Vietnam era, showing how righteous anger, insane hijinks, and bloodshed can break out when workers decide to do something--anything--about brutal and boring working conditions. --Christopher Phelps, Associate professor, American Studies, University of Nottingham


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