Category: Review

Eric Laursen: Review of Co-operatives in a Post-Growth Era

Co-operatives—not to be flippant—are big business. They exist in 100 countries, have more than 800 million members, and provide some 100 million jobs. Co-ops market half the world’s agricultural production, and 120 million people in 87 countries go to credit unions for their banking and financial services needs. Health care co-operatives service some 100 million people in more than 50 countries. In the U.S. alone, some 30,000 co-ops provide over 2 million jobs

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John Pietaro: The Pervasive Reality of Strange Fruit”

The song “Strange Fruit” lives on as legendary poetry and music that makes perhaps the strongest argument against race hatred of any artwork. Though it will forever be associated with Billie Holiday, the piece’s relevance calls for it to be renewed and relived, over the course of generations and, likewise, struggles.

Midge Quandt: A Review of “Latin America’s Radical Left”

The radical left in Venezuela, Bolivia, and Ecuador enshrines participatory democracy in their constitutions; and it rejects the state-centered strategy of the old left. It also repudiates neo-liberalism

Various Reviewers: Books on History, Work, and Tar Sands

Doing History from the Bottom Up turns standard academic method upside down

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Katha Pollitt: Fifty Shades of Basic

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Kim Scipes: Hardhats, Hippies and Hawks

Review of Hardhats, Hippies and Hawks: The Vietnam Antiwar Movement as Myth and Memory by Penny Lewis

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Marjorie Cohn: Book Review: ‘How Human Rights Can Build Haiti’

A review of How Human Rights Can Build Haiti by Fran Quigley

Gar Lipow: What Naomi Klein got right and wrong in her 2014 book, This Changes Everything.

Any solution involves confrontation between the capitalist class and the rest of us

Al Gedicks: Review of Dawn Paley’s Drug War Capitalism

Based on extensive travels, interviews, and research in Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, Dawn Paley invites the reader to consider other factors and motivations for the war on drugs

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Lawrence Wittner: Review of Betty Medsger’s The Burglary

The Burglary tells the story of how, on March 8, 1971, in the midst of the Vietnam War, eight peace activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, in an effort to discover whether the FBI was working, illegally, to suppress American dissent

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