New York: Doubleday, Page, 1907. First Edition. Octavo. Red cloth boards, blocked in gilt and white on spine and front cover; xiv, 284pp; 8 inserted leaves of plates (halftones). Moderately rubbed and worn; thin split to front hinge at frontispiece; a few pages with sharp slices in margin (presumably from opening); complete and Good, but best considered as a reading copy.
A key early work by Sinclair, supplying a sort of non-fiction sequel to his The Jungle, which had been published a year earlier. In the current work Sinclair analyzes present economic conditions,concentrating on wage-slavery and concentration of wealth, and predicts an inevitable social and economic revolution. Ahouse calls this the first of Sinclair's "book-length essays...the same sort of popularized economic analysis later found...in Book of Life, Letters to Judd, The Way Out," etc. Includes a promotional chapter on Helicon Hall, Sinclair's ill-fated experiment in cooperative living (the Hall burned to the ground shortly before the book went to press). AHOUSE A9.