The Iron Heel

The Iron Heel is a dystopian[1] novel by American writer Jack London, first published in 1908.[2]

Generally considered to be “the earliest of the modern dystopian” fiction,[3] it chronicles the rise of an oligarchic tyranny in the United States. In The Iron Heel, Jack London’s socialist views are explicitly on display. A forerunner of soft science fiction novels and stories of the 1960s and ’70s, the book stresses future changes in society and politics while paying much less attention to technological changes.[citation needed]

The book is unusual among London’s writings (and in the literature of the time in general) in being a first-person narrative of a woman protagonist written by a man. Much of the narrative is set in the San Francisco Bay Area, including events in San Francisco and Sonoma County.

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It Can’t Happen Here

It Can’t Happen Here is a semi-satirical 1935 political novel by American author Sinclair Lewis,[1] and a 1936 play adapted from the novel by Lewis and John C. Moffitt.[2]

The novel was published during the heyday of fascism in Europe, which was reported on by Dorothy Thompson, Lewis’s wife.[3] The novel describes the rise of Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip, a demagogue who is elected President of the United States, after fomenting fear and promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and “traditional” values. After his election, Windrip takes complete control of the government and imposes a totalitarian rule with the help of a ruthless paramilitary force, in the manner of European fascists like Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. The novel’s plot centers on journalist Doremus Jessup’s opposition to the new regime and his subsequent struggle against it as part of a liberal rebellion.

Reviewers at the time,[4] and historians and literary critics ever since, have emphasized the resemblance with Louisiana politician Huey Long—who used strong-arm political tactics and who was building a nationwide “Share Our Wealth” organization in preparing to run for president in the 1936 election. He was assassinated in 1935 just prior to the novel’s publication.[5][6][7][8]

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