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You Don't Play With Revolution: The Montreal Lectures of C.L.R. James

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You Don’t Play With Revolution collects seven never-before-published lectures by Marxist cultural critic C.L.R. James, delivered during his stay in Montréal in 1967-1968. Ranging in topic from Marx and Lenin to Shakespeare and Rousseau to Caribbean history and the Haitian Revolution, these lectures demonstrate the staggering breadth and clarity of James’ knowledge and inte ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by AK Press (first published May 1st 2009)
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I've been meaning to start reading some James. Never could decide whether to first go with Black Jacobins or his book on cricket or something else. This collection served as an excellent introduction to his thought and politics as well as his personality. It's setup for partial and out of order reading, and none of the pieces I finished seemed to go into enough detail as to stand alone. While I'm not sure when I'll finish it, I'm positive I'll return to it. It's an impressive range of topics, ef ...more
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C. L. R. James (1901–1989), a Trinidadian historian, political activist, and writer, is the author of The Black Jacobins, an influential study of the Haitian Revolution and the classic book on sport and culture, Beyond a Boundary. His play Toussaint Louverture: The Story of the Only Successful Slave Revolt in History was recently discovered in the archives and published Duke University Press.
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