Sid Ryan has long been a major, widely recognized figure in Canada’s union movement. Ryan’s own story, from his childhood in Ireland to his experience as an immigrant, is told with rare insight and affection. The inside story of the unions’ confrontation with the Rae government over the Social Contract offers fresh insight into a tense historical moment. Ryan gives a shocking perspective regarding the relationships among unions and the politics practised by movement leaders. The concluding chapter outlines a fresh, positive and energizing path forward.