Category: Books

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Ursula K. Le Guin: Remembering Freedom

Ursula K. Le Guin was honored at the National Book Awards tonight and gave a fantastic speech about the dangers to literature and how they can be stopped. As far as I know it’s not available online yet (update: the video is now online), so I’ve transcribed it from the livestream below. The parts in parentheses Read more…

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Staughton Lynd: The Wobblies in their Heyday

Review of The Wobblies in their Heyday:  The Rise and Destruction of the Industrial Workers of the World during the World War I Era, by Eric Chester

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Joe Emersberger: Book Review: Demands of the Dead

A review of Justin Podur’s novel, “Demands of the Dead”

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Conn Hallinan: The Syrian Labyrinth

Review of Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect

Al Gedicks: A Review of Stuart Kirsch’s Mining Capitalism

Kirsch is uniquely qualified to examine the relationship between mining corporations and their critics—he spent two decades as an anthropologist doing ethnographic research and participating in an indigenous political movement opposed to the Ok Tedi copper and gold mine in Papua New Guinea.

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Seth Sandronsky: Empowering the Public?

Despite the lofty rhetoric redolent of benefitting the public’s interest, CCSS is not local empowerment of parents and teachers on behalf of students

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Edward Herman: A Review of Manufactured Crisis

Journalist-scholar Gareth Porter has published another fine book on U.S. aggression, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, which follows in the footsteps of his 2005 study, The Perils of Dominance.

Michael Hirsch: Sanitation Workers: You Gotta Love Them

Review of Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City

Edward S. Herman: Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa

Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the recent history of Rwanda

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Gilbert Achcar: “The People Want”

Gilbert Achcar spoke to Jacques Babel about his forthcoming book on the Arab revolt due out in paperback in English in June.   Why have you entitled your book simply "The People Want"?  This formula, "the people want," has been used in recent movements to express all kinds of demands, from the most basic to Read more…

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