The Radical Jack London (Paperback)

Writings on War and Revolution

By Jack London, Jonah Raskin (Introduction by)

University of California Press, 9780520255463, 304pp.

Publication Date: May 27, 2008

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Hardcover (5/1/2008)

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"Big things are happening secretly all around," says Jack London's prescient hero Ernest Everhard in the 1908 novel The Iron Heel, excerpted in this timely anthology of London's writings about war and revolution. Besides illuminating his surprising literary range, The Radical Jack London establishes the iconic American author as both a product of his own era and a significant voice for ours. The book features works by London that have been unavailable for decades. In his insightful introduction, editor Jonah Raskin lays out the social, economic, and political contexts for London's polemical writings and shows London to be America's leading revolutionary writer at the turn of the twentieth century.

About the Author

Jack London (1876-1916) was the author of The Call of the Wild (1903), The Sea-Wolf (1904), and the prophetic novel The Iron Heel (1908), among some fifty books. Jonah Raskin is Chair of Communications at Sonoma State University and produces the website

Praise For The Radical Jack London: Writings on War and Revolution

“A near-perfect selection of Jack London’s radical writings. All of London’s important political tracts are here.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“This anthology makes a good argument for refreshing [Jack London’s] relevance as a polemicist.”

— Morning News


— Sonoma State Star

“Resonates powerfully with our contemporary political culture. . . . A must for London lovers, and people who really want to know about American politics—this book might even influence your vote.”

— North Bay Bohemian

“[Raskin] has assembled a near-perfect selection of London's radical writings. [He] captures the spirit and dynamics of London's life in ways that the majority of full-length London biographies do not.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“A near-perfect selection of London's radical writings.”

— San Francisco Chronicle