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The Iron Heel by Jack London (ebook)

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The Iron Heel is a dystopian novel by American writer Jack London, first published in 1908.
Generally considered to be "the earliest of the modern Dystopian," it
chronicles the rise of an oligarchic tyranny in the United States. It
is arguably the novel in which Jack London's socialist views are most
explicitly on display. A forerunner of soft science fiction novels and
stories of the 1960s and 1970s, the book stresses future changes in
society and politics while paying much less attention to technological
changes.


Plot summary

The novel is based on the (fictional) "Everhard Manuscript" written by
Avis Everhard which she hid and which was subsequently found centuries
later. In addition, this novel has an introduction and series of
(often lengthy) footnotes written from the perspective of scholar
Anthony Meredith. Meredith writes from around 2600 AD or 419
B.O.M. (the Brotherhood of Man). Jack London thus writes at two
levels, often having Meredith condescendingly correcting the errors of
Everhard yet, at the same time, exposing the often incomplete
understanding of this distant future perspective.