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Heather L. Gumbert, Envisioning Socialism: Television and the Cold War in the German Democratic Republic

(Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2014) When movements for socialism gain power, the radicalization that arises during a revolutionary process almost inevitably gives way to the necessity of incorporating the broad public within a new society. Many working people … Continue reading

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Gerd Callesen and Svetlana Gavril’čenko, eds., Friedrich Engels: Briefwechsel Oktober 1889 bis November 1890. Vol. 30 of Karl Marx / Friedrich Engels: Gesamtausgabe

(MEGA) (Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2013). This new volume of the Marx-Engels Gesamtausgabe (MEGA) contains the surviving correspondence (406 letters) between Friedrich Engels and approximately 130 correspondents in 13 countries between October 1889 and November 1890. A core of about 15 … Continue reading

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Samir Amin, Three Essays on Marx’s Value Theory. (Monthly Review Press, 2013); The Implosion of Contemporary Capitalism

(Monthly Review Press, 2013) In these two works Amin characterizes the current state of the global economy as generalized monopoly capitalism. This regime, in his view, began after 1975 and was fully in place by 2000. He gives a compelling … Continue reading

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Stephen Eric Bronner, Modernism at the Barricades: Aesthetics, Politics, Utopia

(Columbia University Press, 2012) One of the crucial features of Modernism is that artistic, literary, and intellectual producers began to see themselves as the vanguard of a completely new era in human history. Indeed, to be “avant-garde” meant that aesthetic … Continue reading

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John Tully, Silvertown: The lost story of a strike that shook London and helped launch the modern Labor Movement

(New York: Monthly Review Press, 2014) In the long tradition of Marxist historiography, the study of strike actions by the working class has always been a key topic. The occurrence of strikes, both local and national, has been linked to … Continue reading

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Costas Lapavitsas, Profiting without Production: How Finance Exploits Us All

(London: Verso, 2013) Lapavitsas’s Profiting without Production is a tour de force, covering the subject of financialization thoroughly, from the abstract to the concrete, including an impressive analysis of derivative markets, compressed within a short introductory work. Readers will also … Continue reading

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

(Boston: Beacon Press, 2014) This book should be widely read, discussed, and diffused. Building on generations of struggle and scholarship, it provides the basis for a full understanding of the United States as a colonial-settler state. Although the elements of … Continue reading

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Marc Frank, Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana

(Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013) Marc Frank is a journalist for Reuters, The Financial Times, and ABC News, residing in Havana. His articles are factual, timely, descriptive and well written, as is his new book, Cuban Revelations. It provides … Continue reading

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Roderick D. Bush, The End of White World Supremacy: Black Internationalism and the Problem of the Color Line.

[From Socialism and Democracy, vol. 29, no. 1 (March 2015), pp. 188-191] (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2009). In The End of White World Supremacy, Rod Bush engages readers in a rich intellectual conversation, creating a quilt where each panel contains … Continue reading

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James Pattison, The Morality of Private War: The Challenge of Private Military and Security Companies [PMSCs]

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014 In the past couple of decades the market for mercenaries has grown tremendously. So James Pattison’s thorough investigation, analysis and evaluation of private military force in The Morality of Private War is welcome. During the … Continue reading

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