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The Contradictions of “Real Socialism” by Michael A. Lebowitz
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The Contradictions of “Real Socialism” by Michael A. Lebowitz
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This is an excellent, clearly written book. Lebowitz explores the internal conflict within the Soviet bureaucratic ruling class, between the plant & industry managers, on the one hand, and the political apparatchiks, military brass & Gosplan...more
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Third Revolution by Murray Bookchin
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The most important part of this book is Bookchin's discussion of the rebel activists in the Paris sections during the French revolution...the general assemblies that played a crucial part as centers of mobilizing ordinary people to rise up in various...more
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Hammer and Hoe by Robin D.G. Kelley
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Well written history of the Communist Party in Alabama in the '30s. The work of the Communists in the early '30s in Alabama was impressive. The party was forced to be largely an underground organization, despite their attempts to be able to organize...more
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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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A variety of books have been written about how various European immigrant groups "became white". This novel, written by a Nigerian writer who came to the U.S. as a student, is an exploration of the experience of African immigrants in the U.S., and ho...more
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Rebel Rank and File by Aaron Brenner
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Excellent anthology. Aaron Brenner's intro is very clear. Two interesting articles on the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. Articles by Kim Moody & Robert Brenner are quite good. As Aaron Brenner points out this mass strike wave & rebel...more
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Rebel Rank and File by Aaron Brenner
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Reviving the Strike by Joe Burns
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Essential reading. Very clear & straight-forward. Makes a compelling case for the need for workers to figure out how to conduct effective, production halting strikes if the labor movement is to be revived. If you look at the history of the Americ...more
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Livstid by Liza Marklund
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Another excellent Annika Bengtzon mystery.
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Phantom by Jo Nesbø
Phantom (Harry Hole, #9)
by Jo Nesbø
read in October, 2012
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Competently written. Keeps you interested. But it's way too depressing for my taste. Lacks the sort of progressive social spirit of Swedish crime novelists like Marklund, Hankel and Larsson.
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