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Originally delivered as a series of lectures in Trinidad in 1960, James expounds on the relevance of Marxism, and revolution, for our times, from Charlie Chaplin to the Workers' Councils.
Published June 1st 1973 by Bewick Editions (first published 1973)
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May 28, 2014 m.bryan.welton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
some minor and some more substantive disagreements aside, for covering so much ground, this is a brilliant example of the virtues of 'making it plain'. how can we do this to describe the forces that shape our current moment?
May 04, 2014 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C.L.R. James' genius is widely exhibited in the lectures collected in this book.

History, politics, philosophy, marxism, literature, film, and other subjects are analyzed and discussed in a captivating and enlightening manner.

This is a book to be enjoyed over and over.
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Sep 30, 2014 Yonis Gure rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! This pamphlet sized book is a collection of lectures given by C.L.R James in the 60's that impressively show his gigantic-ranging erudition. Everything from Trotskyism to the machismo of Ernest Hemingway is dispensed and discussed in detail in these collected lectures; and his ability to shift from literature to politics to religion, is proof that C.L.R James was an encyclopedic polymath. This book just may have sparked my interest in Marxism.
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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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“The end toward which mankind is inexorably developing by the constant overcoming of internal antagonisms is not the enjoyment, ownership, or use of goods, but self-realization, creativity based upon the incorporation into the individual personality of the whole previous development of humanity. Freedom is creative universality, not utility.” 2 likes
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