Category Archives: Volume 26, No. 1

Peter Knapp and Alan J. Spector, Crisis and Change Today: Basic Questions of Marxist Sociology, 2nd ed. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011)

Sociologists who read the first edition of Crisis and Change (1991) or used it in their courses will be pleased that this book is now available in a new edition. In the first edition Knapp and Spector demonstrated an unusual … Continue reading

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Marcello Musto, ed., Karl Marx’s Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy 150 Years After (New York: Routledge, 2008)

The existence of the Grundrisse was unknown for more than half a century after Marx’s death, and its texts were not available until almost one century after they had been written. Yet their impact has been momentous. The Grundrisse was … Continue reading

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David Harvey, A Companion to Marx’s Capital (London: Verso, 2010)

For a Marxist, geographer David Harvey has a remarkably entrepreneurial spirit. The Great Recession has revitalized interest in Marxian thinking, with reports that sales of Capital Vol. 1 spiked as economic contraction spread and deepened across the globe. Foreign Policy … Continue reading

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Keith Bolender, Voices from the Other Side: An Oral History of Terrorism against Cuba (London: Pluto Press, 2010)

Americans know close to nothing about the long history of terrorist attacks against Cubans. There are other ways to find out about this subject, but Keith Bolender’s Voices from the Other Side is the most readable comprehensive account available in … Continue reading

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Georg Adler, Peter Hudis, and Annalies Laschitza, eds., The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg, trans. George Shriver (New York and London: Verso Books, 2011)

This is the first volume of a projected 14-volume set, The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg, comprising all of Luxemburg’s extant writings, prepared jointly by the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Karl Dietz Verlag and Verso Books.1 It contains 230 letters by Luxemburg … Continue reading

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Bruno Gulli, Earthly Plenitudes: A Study on Sovereignty and Labor (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010)

Earthly Plenitudes is a deft study of sovereignty in its relationship to labor. It is a remarkably expansive work, weaving critiques of liberal philosophy with Nigerian literature, Calabrian idioms, St. Francis of Assisi, the Marx of the Grundrisse, the Belgian … Continue reading

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Steve Martinot, The Machinery of Whiteness: Studies in the Structure of Racialization (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010)

Steve Martinot wants to contribute to a critical tradition in race studies that goes beyond the two axes of an earlier literature, namely racism as a prejudice and racism as institutional. The first or psychological axis focuses on attitudes and … Continue reading

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Edward P. Morgan, What Really Happened to the 1960s: How Mass Media Culture Failed American Democracy (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2010)

Have you ever wondered why generations that grew up in America after the 1960s have such a distorted view of what took place during that time period? Or, more generally, how we got to where we are in America today? … Continue reading

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Politics of Genocide

Edward S. Herman and David Peterson, (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2010). In the past two decades, there has been an explosion of scholarly work on genocide. Thanks to this intellectual attention, we now have a plethora of international institutes, … Continue reading

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Sasha Lilley (ed.), Capital and Its Discontents: Conversations with Radical Thinkers in a Time of Tumult (Oakland: PM Press, 2011)

This extraordinary book appears near the head of the new radical “Spectre” series edited by Lilley, a radio broadcaster of the acclaimed “Against the Grain” interview series, which offers both a running commentary on current problems and a reprise of … Continue reading

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