A great book by a professor of theology. He takes all of the Romero movies plus the remake of Dawn of the Dead and subjects them to social and theolog...moreA great book by a professor of theology. He takes all of the Romero movies plus the remake of Dawn of the Dead and subjects them to social and theological criticism. He uses Dante's Inferno in this criticism. The author's outlook can best be described as left-wing Christian so his social and political analysis of the movies is quite good. At times his drawing Christian lessons out of the movies is a bit forced but this is usually not the case. A great read for any fan of Romero and the zombie genre.(less)
Michael Yates has done what is a little rare on the left. He wrote a really original book. Not that there are any groundbreaking discoveries in it, bu...moreMichael Yates has done what is a little rare on the left. He wrote a really original book. Not that there are any groundbreaking discoveries in it, but it is the form where we see the originality. He writes of his experience traveling around, and living different places in the United States from the bright lights of New York City to the wilderness of Yellowstone National Park. Cheap Motels is like any other travelogue. It has maps, population information, sites to see and even recipes. But what makes is different is that Yates uses his training as a Marxist economist to analyze what he sees and experiences. He exposes the exploitation, racism, sexism and homophobia of the system in which we live in an accessible and often humorous style and from the perspective of living through it. It is a book of political economy and class analysis that is a page-turner. For the experienced leftist some things you will know already and some things will surprise you but it is a thoroughly enjoyable read. For those new to the left this is a great place to start to learn about what capitalism does to people in their everyday lives.(less)
The book is a really interesting account of Guerin's travels through Germany in 1933 shortly after the Nazi's took power. The best part of the book is...moreThe book is a really interesting account of Guerin's travels through Germany in 1933 shortly after the Nazi's took power. The best part of the book is the honesty. It neither goes into German exceptionalism nor does it make excuses for ordinary people's role in supporting the Nazis. You get a complex picture of support derived from the betrayals of the traditional left parties, fear and rampant nationalism. But unlike such hack jobs like Hitler's Willing Executioners, you also see the hatred of and resistance to the Nazis that still goes on despite the dangers. Guerin interviews people from all walks of life and all political colors.
The only weakness in the book are a bit of over optimism at times in the possiblity that Hitler can still be defeated and, more importantly, only one chapter devoted to the oppression of the Jews.
Of course this was only 1933 and the full extent of Hitler's fascist dictatorship was unclear. All in all a fantastic book that gives insight into a horrible period of history.(less)