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War Without End: The Iraq War in Context

Michael Schwartz, War Without End: The Iraq War in Context (Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2008). During the Bush public relations campaign to sell the Iraq war, the American press devoted remarkably little critical analysis to the administration’s claims. In fact, one … Continue reading

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Die Liebknechts: Karl und Sophie -– Politik und Familie

Karl Liebknecht: Socialist, Antimilitarist, Revolutionary Annelies Laschitza, Die Liebknechts: Karl und Sophie -– Politik und Familie (Berlin: Aufbau Verlag, 2007). In my history textbook in Denmark in the 1950s, mention was made of the fact that Karl Liebknecht had a … Continue reading

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The Democrats: A Critical History

Lance Selfa, The Democrats: A Critical History (Chicago: Haymarket Books 2008). With the historic election of Barack Obama, people throughout the world have been inspired by the notion that change is on the horizon. With the Democrats in control of … Continue reading

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Protesting Power: War, Resistance, and Law

Francis A. Boyle, Protesting Power: War, Resistance, and Law (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2008). Francis Boyle is a very busy man. A law professor at the University of Illinois, a graduate of Harvard Law School as well as a … Continue reading

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Radicalism and Cultural Dislocation in Ethiopia, 1960-1974

Messay Kebede, Radicalism and Cultural Dislocation in Ethiopia, 1960-1974 (University of Rochester Press, 2008). This book is an exemplary work of self-examination by a professor of philosophy who participated in the Ethiopian student movement at a formative moment. Messay Kebede … Continue reading

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Coca-Globalization: Following Soft Drinks from New York to New Guinea

Robert J. Foster, Coca-Globalization: Following Soft Drinks from New York to New Guinea (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). Globalization –- a ubiquitous term referring to the steady expansion of neoliberal capitalism -– is as controversial as it is ambiguous. Although … Continue reading

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Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class

Aviva Chomsky, Linked Labor Histories: New England, Colombia, and the Making of a Global Working Class (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2008). What is the connection between factory closures in the United States and paramilitary death squads in Colombia? Or … Continue reading

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Theater of War: The Plot Against the American Mind and Seeking To Make the World Anew: Poems of the Living Dialectic

Politics and Poetry Nicholas Powers, Theater of War: The Plot Against the American Mind (Brooklyn, NY: Upset Press, 2004); Sam Friedman, Seeking To Make the World Anew: Poems of the Living Dialectic (Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books, 2008). What is the … Continue reading

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Education and the Cold War: The Battle for the American School

Andrew Hartman, Education and the Cold War: The Battle for the American School (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). The purpose of this book is to chronicle an intellectual history of American education, showing how educational and political trends in the … Continue reading

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Critique of Intelligent Design

John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark and Richard York, Critique of Intelligent Design (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2008). The intelligent design (ID) movement has been aptly called the Trojan horse of Christian Creationism with its pretense that no claim of … Continue reading

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