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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262072052 | 474 pp. | 7 x 9 in | September 2000
Paperback | $43.50 Short | £32.95 | ISBN: 9780262571555 | 474 pp. | 7 x 9 in | August 2001

Labored Relations

Law, Politics, and the NLRB--A Memoir

About the Author

William B. Gould IV is Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus at Stanford University and William M. Ramsey Distinguished Professor of Law at Willamette University College of Law. He is the author of Agenda for Reform (MIT Press, 1993) and A Primer on American Labor Law (MIT Press, 1993). The recipient of five honorary doctorate degrees, he has been an impartial arbitrator since 1965 and a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators since 1970.


“"Gould's spirited defense could not have been more timely, nor more trenchant." Joy K. Reynolds Monthly Labor Review”—


“An inside look at the decision-making processes of one of the country's most important agencies- the difficulties, tensions, and personality clashes.Through all of the turmoil in the National Labor Relations Board, William Gould is clearly his own man.”
Doug Fraser, President Emeritus, United Auto Workers, and Professor of Labor Studies, Wayne State University
Labored Relations is an impressive and important statement by a distinguised Professor about how politics has crippled the NLRB. Professor Gould, from Standford Law School, suffered as a Democrat with a Republican Congress just as prior Republican administrations have suffered with Democratic Congresses. His articulate diary which aptly records his travails during his confirmation and tenure shouldd convince everyone that there must be a better way.”
Roderick M. Hills, Esq., Hills Enterprise, Washington, DC, and former chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission
“William Gould has written a very interesting and thoughtful account of his experiences as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board. This is a very valuable book for all who are concerned about labor politics and labor policy in the United States.”
Ray Marshall, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas-Austin, andformer Secretary of Labor
“This memoir is about much more than the National Labor Relations Board. With an informative, easy-flowing narrative style, Gould exquisitively weaves ideological, scholarly, and empirical perspectives into a forecful, gripping, and at times disturbing story of what drives individuals to and away from politics, government, and public service.”
Lucius J. Barker, William Bennett Munro Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
“This is a splendid memoir. The crashed and bangs that occur when distinguished private citizens bring their new ideas to government are revealed here in explicit and painful detail. It's a sobering and all-too-common tale of a good man caught in the crossfire that passes for politics in contemporary Washington. What William Gould learned, and what he tells here, are lessons that students of modern government and those contemplating their own sojourn in federal service would do well to study.”
G. Calvin Mackenzie, Distinguisged Presidential Professor of American Government, Colby College
“What William Gould learned about law and politics in modern Washington, every American should know. For those who wonder how elections matter to working men and women, this superb book is required reading.”
Reed Hundt, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and author of You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics