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The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet

John Bellamy Foster, The Ecological Revolution: Making Peace with the Planet (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2009). In The Ecological Revolution, John Bellamy Foster further develops his continuing project of a contemporary Marxist ecology that is definitively based in Marx … Continue reading

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Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama

Tim Wise, Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama (San Francisco: City Light Books/Open Media Series, 2009) To what extent may the election of Barack Obama to the highest political office in … Continue reading

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Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s

Stefan M. Bradley, Harlem vs. Columbia University: Black Student Power in the Late 1960s (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2009). In the epilogue of his new book on the historic 1968 student revolt at Columbia University, St. Louis … Continue reading

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Passion Ruled the Day

Mark Rudd, Underground: My Life with SDS and the Weathermen (New York: William Morrow, 2009). Mark Rudd’s memoir is a welcome and intelligent addition to the growing catalog of books on the history of the 1960s. Like previous Weather Underground … Continue reading

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Politics as Play: A Queer Perspective

Benjamin Shepard, Queer Political Performance and Protest: Play, Pleasure, and Social Movement (New York: Routledge, 2010). Contemporary queer politics seems to be dominated by issues of social inclusion such as gay marriage, open military service, and adoption rights. These pragmatic … Continue reading

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Morning Star: Surrealism, Marxism, Anarchism, Situation-ism, Utopia

Michael Lowy Morning Star: Surrealism, Marxism, Anarchism, Situation-ism, Utopia. Introduction by Donald LaCoss (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009). When members of the surviving old guard of surrealism declared the movement over in October 1969 in Le Monde, there were … Continue reading

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A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster

Disaster Politics Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster (New York: Viking, 2009). Disasters, more or less by definition, kill people and destroy property. But that is not all they do. They also … Continue reading

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Community Health Care in Cuba

Susan E. Mason, David L. Strug, Joan Beder, eds. Community Health Care in Cuba (Chicago: Lyceum Books, 2010). For anyone who wants to learn the ABCs of the Cuban health system, this is the book. The six sections divide into: … Continue reading

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The Rise of China and the Demise of the Capitalist World-Economy

Minqi Li, The Rise of China and the Demise of the Capitalist World-Economy (London: Pluto Press, 2008). For those who concern themselves with the issue of global capitalist leadership and its transition phases, the last decade has been a living … Continue reading

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An Embodied Materialist Perspective for Economic Analysis Ariel Salleh, ed., Eco-Sufficiency and Global Justice: Women Write Political Ecology (London: Pluto Press, 2009).

An Embodied Materialist Perspective for Economic Analysis Ariel Salleh, ed., Eco-Sufficiency and Global Justice: Women Write Political Ecology (London: Pluto Press, 2009). This collection of essays combines the work of preeminent feminist scholars and global justice activists to argue for an … Continue reading

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