Category Archives: Volume 21, No. 1

Carteggio [Correspondence], 1861-1904

Antonio Labriola, Carteggio [Correspondence], 1861-1904, edited by Stefano Miccolis. vols. 1-5 (Naples: Edizioni di filosofia e scienze, 2000-06). This critical edition of the correspondence of Antonio Labriola (1843-1904) gathers all the known letters and postcards sent and received by the … Continue reading

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El mérito es estar vivo

Luis Báez, El mérito es estar vivo (Havana: Prensa Latina, 2005). On a visit to New York in 1995, someone asked Fidel Castro what ranked as his greatest accomplishment. The answer: “surviving” (estar vivo). Hence this book’s title. And indeed … Continue reading

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Fidel Castro: Biografía a dos voces

Ignacio Ramonet, Fidel Castro: Biografía a dos voces (Barcelona: Random House Mondarori, 2006). This is a “must read” book for anyone interested in Fidel Castro or the Cuban Revolution. It is a 569-page text in which Fidel answers questions put … Continue reading

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Just Around the Corner: The Paradox of the Jobless Recovery

Stanley Aronowitz, Just Around the Corner: The Paradox of the Jobless Recovery (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2005). Stanley Aronowitz’s Just Around the Corner is a timely commentary on the structural unemployment currently afflicting the United States. Unlike most recorded recessions … Continue reading

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The Bobbed-Haired Bandit: A True Story of Crime and Celebrity in 1920s New York

Duncombe, Stephen, and Andrew Mattson, The Bobbed-Haired Bandit: A True Story of Crime and Celebrity in 1920s New York (New York: New York University Press, 2006). On a cold night in January 1924, a small, dark-haired woman in a beaded … Continue reading

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Democracy for All: Restoring Immigrant Voting Rights in the United States

Ron Hayduk, Democracy for All: Restoring Immigrant Voting Rights in the United States (London and New York: Routledge, 2006). This seems like two books. The first is an informed and impassioned effort to plug the black hole in our memory … Continue reading

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Ordinary Poverty, a Little Food and Cold Storage

William DiFazio, Ordinary Poverty, a Little Food and Cold Storage (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2006). It was a cold day – winter 1984. Entering a building in the Bronx I stopped a tenant, identified myself in Spanish as a tenant … Continue reading

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Manufacturing Discontent: The Trap of Individualism in Corporate Society

Michael Perelman, Manufacturing Discontent: The Trap of Individualism in Corporate Society (London: Pluto, 2005). Capitalism loves those who love it. Thus Michael Perelman, a radical economist at California State University-Chico, labors in relative obscurity. In Manufacturing Discontent, he writes for … Continue reading

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Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation

Jeff Chang, Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip Hop Generation (New York: Picador, St. Martin’s Press, 2005). Jeff Chang, using a journalistic lens, attempts to answer the question: how does the political economy affect cultural production? He … Continue reading

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Highway 61 Revisited: The Tangled Roots of American Jazz, Blues, Rock, & Country Music; The Trouble with Music

Gene Santoro, Highway 61 Revisited: The Tangled Roots of American Jazz, Blues, Rock, & Country Music (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004); Mat Callahan, The Trouble with Music (Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2005). These two excellent books, although dissimilar in … Continue reading

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