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Capital in the Twenty-First Century
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Let's hear it for r/g>1 ! the most important and least complicated of the equations Piketty uses to roll out an immense amount of data on income, w ...more
Oct 02, 2014
Sep 04, 2014
Going into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man
really liked it
His self-appointed title of ironic prominence, goes against character, the “Dean of American Rock Critics” Robert Christgau very generously shares cre ...more
Jan 2016
May 08, 2016
The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement
really liked it
“It’s a Heart Problem”: Reverend Dr. Barber’s Long Summer

Reverend Barber’s North Carolina “Moral Monday” movement, which inspires duplication as he tr
Aug 21, 2016
Aug 18, 2016
The Mental and the Material
really liked it
Big questions in anthropology, economics, history-- Primacy of... ideas and/or behavior; universals and/or particulars; social relations and/or social ...more
Jun 05, 2014
May 26, 2014
Stop, Thief!: The Commons, Enclosures, and Resistance
really liked it
Linebaugh is a treasure. His work continues on the track that his mentor EP Thompson set him on. Digging deep into the past to recover the rich lives ...more
Aug 22, 2014
Aug 18, 2014
The Meaning of the Second World War
really liked it
Powerfully written provocative slim volume by the Belgian economist Ernest Mandel, one of the most important Marxist intellectuals in post war West. S ...more
May 18, 2014
May 17, 2014
Mapping Ideology
really liked it
Great selection, many are classics of what I suppose is meant by the designation "Western Marxism." Lucacs, Althusser, Jameson, Eagleton, Bourdieu.. m ...more
Jun 18, 2014
Jun 08, 2014
it was amazing
Imre Kertesz, Nobel Prize for Literature, spent his 14th year (1944-45) being moved around between Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and a third Nazi labor/death ...more
Jul 11, 2014
Jul 09, 2014
Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations
really liked it
Lot's of attention to Paine these days! I called attention in my blog:
Nelson's book is a great read both for p
Aug 08, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
The Fire Next Time
it was amazing
Historian Eric Foner writes that the years 1962/63 witnessed the appearance of several pathbreaking books that challenged one or another aspect of the ...more
Apr 30, 2016
Apr 27, 2016
Comradely Greetings: The Prison Letters of Nadya and Slavoj
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This is a little book that serves as an enticing introduction to the Russia of the imprisoned Pussy Riot performance provocateurs. Nadya T. is serving ...more
Nov 21, 2014
Nov 19, 2014
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Second novel in trilogy by Nobel winning Hungarian Imre Kertesz. #1 __Fatelessness__reviewed briefly below. Less of an intense reading experience than ...more
Jul 16, 2014
Jul 11, 2014
A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom
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Purdy essays in Atlantic, Dissent, maybe a few other places like this have been of interest to me over the years. He burst on the political/cultural c ...more
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 26, 2014
Farewell: The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century
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This is the hardly known till now non-fiction tale of a late Cold War counter-espionage source named “FareWell.” Farewell was a KGB officer who made h ...more
May 16, 2016
May 09, 2016
Philosophy and the Event
really liked it
I have read about Badiou, as all readers of Slavoz Zizek are exposed every couple of pages! Also read his short book on Arab Spring which was well wor ...more
Jul 03, 2014
Jun 23, 2014
Jack of Spies (Jack McColl, #1)
really liked it
Downing's new series begins with Jack McColl traveling the perimeter of the 1914 British Empire, promoting sales of his English automobile. This real ...more
Aug 06, 2014
Jul 26, 2014
Under Tiberius
really liked it
This is my first Tosches book and look forward to picking up some others. Great historical fiction, of a sort, the troublemaker sort, the kind that ea ...more
May 27, 2016
May 17, 2016
Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail
liked it
Gripping series of reports from a very brave Salvdoran journalist who travels with Central American migrants across Mexico to the US Border several ti ...more
Nov 18, 2014
Nov 13, 2014
Call Me Burroughs: A Life
it was amazing
I tried reading Naked Lunch (1962) in my mid-1970s middle teen years of eager exposure to the “countercultural” soon to be canonical and always alrea ...more
Apr 27, 2016
Apr 16, 2016
The Secret World of Oil
liked it
Silverstein is a top notch investigative journalist. Alexander Cockburn was his mentor, and the two co-edited Counterpunch a cutting edge lefty muckra ...more
Oct 31, 2014
Oct 26, 2014
An Officer and a Spy
it was amazing
“What do you think your working on the Dreyfus Affair!” My first boss in faculty union grievance work cleverly chastised me for taking such a long and ...more
Jun 25, 2016
Jun 20, 2016
Millennium People
really liked it
Ballard writes of middle-class revolutionary movement sweeping Britain. Well done. A fun read.. pretty straight forward rejection of mass consumerist ...more
Sep 19, 2014
Sep 07, 2014
Freud: Inventor of the Modern Mind
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The Harper Perennial “Eminent Lives” series offers biographies that aim to be “succinct, essayistic, and enlivened by a strong point of view….great wr ...more
Jul 27, 2016
Jul 24, 2016
The Spirit of Terrorism and Other essays
it was amazing
As a philosopher of the postmodern condition it is difficult to pin Baudrillard down to a simple thesis. But these essays, all written soon after 9/11 ...more
Oct 21, 2014
Oct 18, 2014
Midnight in Europe (Night Soldiers, #13)
really liked it
Alan Furst's latest is top notch like all the others. Atmosphere of pre-war Europe, heroic but life size characters, romance [spoiler](chapter 2! , je ...more
Jul 09, 2014
Jun 28, 2014
it was amazing
Engrossing page-turner novel of contemporary political fiction allowing vivid insight to the critical sequence of recent history that unfolded on the ...more
Jul 05, 2016
Jun 28, 2016
Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison
it was amazing
Foucault has gotten a bad rap lately as somehow he has come to symbolize obscure, dense, abstractions of high French theory. Derrida lectures are now ...more
Aug 17, 2014
Aug 08, 2014
Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II
really liked it
Tremendous amount of new research and critical analysis of the "end of the war" post April 1945. Hardly. Very good insight to the diplomatic play of t ...more
Jul 25, 2014
Jul 02, 2014
The Persistence of the Old Regime: Europe to the Great War
it was amazing
A classic now out in new edition.. Verso World History Series. Mayer pushes against the emphasis in historical writing that places the burden of cause ...more
not set
Sep 25, 2014
Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the First Age of Terror
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Burrough’s big book is a necessary beginning to the telling of the largely untold events of the “post-sixties” radical underground. The number of bomb ...more
Apr 10, 2016
Apr 04, 2016
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