WE BUILT THIS COUNTRY
BUILDERS’ LABOURERS AND THEIR UNIONS
1787 TO THE FUTURE
by Humphrey McQueen
The book should be compulsory reading for new and old union officers and organisers; it will certainly challenge them to decide whether they are workers’ representatives or ‘workplace relations practitioners’.
Howard Guille, former secretary of the National Tertiary Education Union.
McQueen has written a remarkable book rich in stories and case studies. Therefore, a review is an incredible challenge; it is easier to recommend reading.
Jan Cremers, University of Amsterdam, CLR-News
The latest offering by radical historian Humphrey McQueen is a cracking yarn. Despite McQueen’s stature as an historian, this is anything but a sterile academic work. The strength of this history is that McQueen takes a side, and you can’t miss it! Throughout, there is the unmistakable clarity that there are bosses and there are workers.
Alison Thorne, Freedom Socialist Organiser
McQueen holds history – in this case BLF history – up as a mirror in which we can reflect on our present situation, and in which we can see an alternative future. We Built This Country is a text with which readers can engage on numerous levels – it will be a welcome addition and enhancement to what continues to be a proud BLF tradition.
Aidan Moore, former builders’ labourer, The Recorder
GOULD’S BOOK ARCADE
32 KING ST, NEWTOWN
02 9519 8947
THURSDAY, 19 APRIL 7pm for 7.30
We Built This Country, Ginninderra Press, $30
Companion volume to Framework of Flesh, Builders’ Labourers battle for health and safety (Ginninderra Press, 2009) $30.