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Dear Friends and Colleagues: 

I am happy to announce that the second edition of my book The Working Class Majority: America’s Best Kept Secret is now in print and available for immediate shipping from Cornell University Press.  Just out, it is not yet available for shipping through Amazon, which is now taking orders for later delivery. 

Order your copy of the 2nd edition of The Working Class Majority for immediate delivery now from Cornell University Press, in time for a holiday gift to yourself or someone you know who should know about how class works. 

Go to  http://www.cornellpress.  to order, and use the code <CAU6> on the order page  to receive a 20% discount on the price, a special offer from Cornell for anyone ordering early in response to this announcement.  Regular price = $19.95.  Discount price = $15.96. 

What’s new in the 2nd edition:   

* Updates all data and examples to latest available in August 2011; 
documents changes in the occupational composition of the working class and the professional middle class; 
* Includes new information and analysis of immigration; 
* Provides a history of the corporate assault on the working class from the 1970 Lewis Powell memo to Scott Walker in Wisconsin this year; 
* Updates developments in the labor and working class community movements. 

For classroom use in the spring 2012 semester, ask your bookstore to contact Cornell University Press directly until the book is available through normal distribution channels in mid-January. 

ALSO AVAILABLE FOR THE HOLIDAYS from the Center for Study of Working Class Life, for immediate delivery for you or someone you know who needs to know: 

“Class Struggle and the Origin of Racial Slavery: The Invention of the White Race,” by Theodore W. Allen, with introduction by Jeffrey B. Perry (44pp.): 

“The Fierce Urgency of Now,” essays by and about Jack O’Dell, including O’Dell’s first formulation of the Democracy Charter  (28 pp.): 

The 27 minute DVD “Why Are We in Afghanistan?” 

The 27 minute DVD “Meeting Face to Face: The Iraq-U.S. Labor Solidarity Tour” (2005) (English, with subtitles in Arabic, French, and Spanish: 


With best wishes for the New Year, 

Michael Zweig 
Director, Center for Study of Working Class Life 
Department of Economics 
State University of New york 
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4384 




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