New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1956. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. Near Fine / Very Good. Item #010957
Full grey cloth. B&W map endpapers. 318 pp. Sunning to extremities of boards. Light age toning to interior. Dust jacket is edge worn, rubbed to covers, chipped to spine ends and top edges. Harry Orchard devoted most of his early life to lawlessness and crime on a fantastically large scale. As the hired assassin of the Western Federation of Miners, he blasted a trail of violence through the West, ending in the 1905 bomb-slaying of a former Idaho governor. Orchard's skill with dynamite and the fearful results of this talent produced some colorful pages of Americana that, up to now, have escaped the history books. This is more than just the story of Harry Orchard, however. It is also the story of the Western Federation of Miners, of William "Big Bill" Haywood, a onetime idol of American labor, and the organization of the Industrial Workers of the World by Haywood before he fled to the Soviet Union.