Eric Jason Martin presents this history of the Luddite Uprising in nineteenth-century England like a war correspondent embedded among the rampaging textile workers. His gung-ho narration enlivens the audiobook and complements the workers' fight for their livelihoods against the one percenters of that era. The audiobook sets the record straight regarding the goals of the oft-misunderstood Luddites and their aggressive tactics: The weavers destroyed looms and other machines, and the British government responded by sending the military to deal with the uprising. The displacement of jobs triggered by the Industrial Revolution is also compared to the 21st-century dilemma of workers who have been displaced by today's gig economy, app-based businesses, and AI. Listeners may conclude that no trade or profession is safe from its own obsolescence. R.W.S. © AudioFile 2024, Portland, Maine [Published: JANUARY 2024]
Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9781549199899 $27.00
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