It is a dystopian work about the rise of an oligarchic tyranny in the United States. It is perhaps the novel in which Jack London's socialist views are most explicitly on display. A forerunner of science fiction novels and stories of the 1960s and 1970s, the book stresses future changes in society and politics while paying much less attention to technological changes.
The Iron Heel in The GladiatorEdit
After communism spread across the globe, The Iron Heel was required reading in all literature classes. Gianfranco Mazzilli, who'd enjoyed Jack London's adventure stories The Call of the Wild and "To Build a Fire," found The Iron Heel boring.