One Big Union
A History of the Australian Workers Union 1886-1994
by Mark Hearn and Harry Knowles
University of Cambridge, 1996, b/w photographs, paperback, ISBN 0521558972
Fine Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, previous owners inscription to half-title page
'This comprehensive and compelling book is a national history of the AWU. It shows that the union has been a player in key events and crises in Australian history, including the great strikes of the 1890s, the 1916-17 conscription crisis, Labor's splits in the 1950s and the 1956 shearers' strike. The book features vivid portraits of the tempestuous and talented individuals who matched these great issues: William Spence, Mary Gilmore, Henry Lawson, William Lane, Clarrie Fallon, Tom Dougherty, Joe Bukowski and Charlie Oliver.
Unique as a union whose industrial and political power was unrivalled for over sixty years, few unions in Great Britain or the United States have had such influence as the AWU. This book will be an important addition to labour history, but it is also a work of general appeal.'