THE FLIVVER KING | Sinclair, Upton Published in 1937 by the UAW (yup, that literal powerhouse), written by the infamous Upton Sinclair, The Flivver King is a story of Henry Ford and a fictional worker, Abner Shutt.
Flivver is an early 20th-century slang term for an inexpensive automobile, often applied to the Model T.
This “novel,” along with their trademark violence, helped the UAW turn the workforce tide against Ford and unionize 4 years later. From this perspective - and nearly only this one - it is a read of an interesting historical contribution. As a Michiganian, it is always pleasant to read tomes with landmarks of local recognition. The storytelling is utterly unimaginative and uncritically agitprop; in other words, Upton Sinclair wrote a crappy novel. If you are a Michigan nerd or have lost access to other books, it’s an option; I'm just saying.