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Book Review: 'Big Trouble'

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Big Trouble

Current Status:
In Season
Wide Release Date:
Tim Allen, Johnny Knoxville, Rene Russo, Tom Sizemore, Stanley Tucci, Zooey Deschanel, Omar Epps, Dennis Farina, Ben Foster, Janeane Garofalo, Heavy D, Jack Kehler, Jason Lee, Andy Richter, Patrick Warburton
John Cassavetes, Barry Sonnenfeld
Buena Vista Pictures
Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone
Comedy, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A

Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award, the immensely gifted Lukas committed suicide earlier this year after completing this saga of a critical episode in the history of American labor. First, a series of strikes, lockouts, and pitched battles between unionized mine workers and a loose cabal of Pinkerton detectives, National Guardsmen, and U.S. troops threatened to bring about something close to class warfare in the Rocky Mountain west. Then, in 1905, ex-Idaho governor Frank Steunenberg was assassinated by a man claiming to be hired by the miners. The murder resulted in one of the most politically charged trials in U.S. history. Billed as a ”nonfiction Ragtime,” this account more closely resembles Theodore Dreiser than E.L. Doctorow. Lukas, a reporter of legendary meticulousness, leaves little to the imagination. But patient readers of Big Trouble will be rewarded with a many-layered portrait of an important moment in the nation’s social history, as well as a fitting monument to its author’s extraordinary career. A