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Mat Callahan, The Explosion of Deferred Dreams: Musical Renaissance and Social Revolution in San Francisco, 1965–1975

(Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2016), xxx + 308 pp., $22.95 California native, veteran musician, philosopher and revolutionary Mat Callahan covers a lot of ground in his new book about the tumultuous decade of 1965-75 in the San Francisco Bay Area. … Continue reading

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Enzo Traverso, Fire and Blood: The European Civil War 1914-1945

(New York, Verso: 2016), 293 pp., $16.95 As we observe the centennials of the First World War and the October Revolution, we are reminded of the role played by violence in the political and cultural changes occurring during and between … Continue reading

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Kim Scipes (ed.), Building Global Labor Solidarity in a Time of Accelerating Globalization

(Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2014), 259 pp. The changing strategies of the international labor solidarity movement reflect trends on the left and worldwide beginning with the rise of the New Left in the 1960s and globalization in the 1980s. The recognition … Continue reading

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Ann Snitow. Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary

(Durham: Duke University Press, 2015), 378 pp., $26.95 Written in the form of a non-linear diary, Ann Snitow’s Feminism of Uncertainty: A Gender Diary is divided into five parts. Part I, “Continuing a Gender Diary,” carries over the conversation from … Continue reading

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Basuli Deb, Transnational Feminist Perspectives on Terror in Literature and Culture

(New York and London: Routledge, 2015), 232 pp., $148 In a milieu of heightened Islamophobic and racist attitudes across the globe, Basuli Deb’s book is a must read. The book disrupts the designation of terrorism to racialized bodies, in a … Continue reading

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Wang Hui (Saul Thomas ed.), China’s Twentieth Century: Revolution, Retreat and the Road to Equality

(London and New York: Verso, 2016), 368 pp., $29.95. China’s Twentieth Century is a new collection of Wang Hui’s essays edited by Saul Thomas and translated by a diverse group of scholars. Wang is a prominent figure in “the New … Continue reading

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Henry Giroux, America’s Addiction to Terrorism, with a foreword by Michael D. Yates

(New York: Monthly Review Press, 2016), 288 pp., $20. Henry Giroux is one of our foremost critical voices. With America’s Addiction to Terrorism, he once again applies his critical pedagogy to the US, finding a common thread of growing authoritarian … Continue reading

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You Are Not a Marxist on Your Own

Review essay by Robert Cohen Wolfgang Fritz Haug, “Marxistsein/Marxistinsein.” Historisch-kritisches Wörterbuch des Marxismus (Historical-Critical Dictionary of Marxism). Wolfgang Fritz Haug et al. (eds.). Hamburg: Argument. Vol. 8/II (2015), Columns 1965-2026 (referred to in the text by column [col.] number). Every now … Continue reading

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Biological Warfare in the Korean War: Allegations and Cover-up

By Thomas Powell I I weigh into the subject of biological warfare (BW) with trepidation. It’s not my field of study. It was in fact, my father’s topic which he researched quite thoroughly, both in China in 1951-53, and later … Continue reading

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Sheila Rowbotham, Rebel Crossings: New Women, Free Lovers, and Radicals in Britain and the United States

(London: Verso, 2016), 502 pp., $34.95. Rebels with Many Causes I first heard the name Helena Born in a graduate course taught by the historian of anarchism Paul Avrich. A neglected figure in both British and American radical history, Born … Continue reading

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