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A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet
3.68
it was amazing
buy it for your friends who don't know what capitalism is, why it sucks, or how race, gender, and climate crisis play into the whole mess.
Jul 06, 2017
Jun 23, 2017
 
From #BlackLivesMatter To Black Liberation
4.48
it was amazing
Read it. You'll learn things. And you'll like it.
Feb 11, 2016
Feb 05, 2016
 
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
4.25
it was amazing
This book was incredible. I had only vaguely heard about it and needed something new to audiobook, and wound up having my mind blown.

It's a story of
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Jul 25, 2018
Apr 26, 2017
Apr 23, 2017
 
Adults in the Room: My Battle with Europe's Deep Establishment
4.37
really liked it
I had to put this down halfway through because it was depressing me; the constant up-and-down mirroring the swing of US politics all summer. And like ...more
Aug 30, 2017
Jul 06, 2017
 
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
4.11
it was amazing
The best book yet for those who want to understand the rise of the Tea Party and Trump. Arlie Russell Hochschild's work on emotional labor is the hott ...more
May 20, 2016
May 20, 2016
 
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education
4.37
it was amazing
I whipped through this in a day--Mychal's writing is so beautiful, it was hard to put it down.
May 21, 2016
Feb 05, 2016
 
Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence
3.97
it was amazing
A fun and readable trip through the history of attempts to build an egalitarian society, with humor and a grounding in decades of research.
Jul 14, 2018
Jul 14, 2018
 
Building the Commune: Radical Democracy in Venezuela
4.14
it was amazing
I needed this book at the time I picked it up; I needed the reminder that the world changes not on the whims of pundits and politicians in Washington ...more
Jan 14, 2017
Jan 07, 2017
 
Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women
4.00
it was amazing
If you're tempted by but don't have time to read Caliban and the Witch, this is a quick readable rundown of its arguments; if you have, it also has up ...more
Oct 30, 2018
Sep 26, 2018
 
The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule
3.96
liked it
I have such a complicated relationship with Thomas Frank (the work, not the man, who I've met a few times and who was remarkably nice when I yelled at ...more
Jun 19, 2017
Apr 19, 2017
Dec 12, 2016
 
The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America
4.53
it was amazing
Greg Grandin understands Trumpism--and how it predates Trump back to the founding of the US--better than anyone else. Highly recommended. (Also, I aud ...more
Mar 21, 2019
Mar 18, 2019
 
October: The Story of the Russian Revolution
3.91
it was amazing
So good. And on the advice of some friends, audiobooked it, mostly over a two-day road trip, and it's quite compelling as an audiobook--the story roll ...more
Aug 11, 2017
Apr 21, 2017
 
Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud
4.24
it was amazing
I knew David Dayen was one of the sharpest writers out there on financial crimes and foreclosure fraud. What I didn't know was that he could turn that ...more
May 26, 2016
Mar 10, 2016
 
The Letters Of Rosa Luxemburg
4.34
it was amazing
Finished before bed last night and woke up still so sad, sad that I was done and there were no more to read, sad for what happened to Rosa, sad for th ...more
Jul 18, 2018
Jun 30, 2018
Jun 06, 2018
 
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
4.17
really liked it
I didn't need to hate capitalism, bosses, medicine under capitalist patriarchy, and the US legal system any more than I did already but now I do, so t ...more
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 11, 2018
 
K-punk: The Collected and Unpublished Writings of Mark Fisher
4.47
it was amazing
Proper review forthcoming but just saying here: if you've never read Fisher (and especially if all you've read of his is that damned Vampire's Castle ...more
Feb 08, 2019
Sep 26, 2018
 
Wishful Drinking
3.78
it was amazing
Oh, Carrie Fisher. We audiobooked the one-two punch of this and the Princess Diarist on a nine-hour drive and I can’t recommend that enough—she read b ...more
Dec 28, 2017
Dec 28, 2017
 
Funeral Rites
4.07
it was amazing
It's not easy reading--Genet never is and this is him at his most difficult, his daring you the hardest to judge him. But I needed this right now.
Mar 31, 2019
Mar 02, 2017
Feb 27, 2017
 
The Civil War in France
4.16
Need more Marx audiobooks. Also reminded me of the many reasons to read uncle Karl one of the underrated ones is the sick burns.
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018
 
Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics
3.86
really liked it
This entry doesn’t have the new cover, which is Corbyn in his big fur coat, and that’s sad because the new cover is representative of the swag of the ...more
Nov 06, 2017
Nov 01, 2017
 
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
4.49
really liked it
Really like three and a half stars but I am probably reading against the immense hype of this book.

I'm on record as being bothered by poverty porn, a
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May 13, 2017
May 02, 2017
 
An Autobiography
4.37
it was amazing
Good enough that I--though I know the results very, very well--was still tense during courtroom scenes and on the edge of my seat when the verdict was ...more
Nov 14, 2014
Nov 15, 2014
 
Just Kids
4.13
it was amazing
Every bit as good, as beautiful, as life-affirming, as rock'n'roll and as loving as you think it should be. Patti Smith is my hero, or would be if she ...more
Nov 26, 2010
Jan 24, 2010
 
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America
4.37
it was amazing
A political history told in compelling narrative and framed with Forman's own experiences as a public defender...a complicated, necessary book that is ...more
not set
Aug 23, 2018
 
Homage to Catalonia
4.15
it was amazing
Orwell is my conscience as a writer. More than anyone else, I strive to live up to his honesty, about others and about himself.
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 05, 2013
 
Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age
3.89
really liked it
sometimes, you just have to read a radical history of pirates. and sometimes it's just what you need.
Jun 07, 2016
May 10, 2016
 
Struggle or Starve: Working-Class Unity in Belfast's 1932 Outdoor Relief Riots
4.45
it was amazing
So good! Even for those of you not as obsessed with the history of Irish struggles as I am, this is a fascinating look at a mostly-lost period of hist ...more
Oct 28, 2017
Oct 22, 2017
 
The Road to Wigan Pier
3.89
really liked it
Tempted to start a "reading Orwell in Trumplandia" blog, because everything seems so eerily relevant. This possibly most of all. The first half and it ...more
Dec 24, 2016
Dec 23, 2016
 
Wages for Housework: The New York Committee 1972–1977; History, Theory, Documents
4.60
it was amazing
We need more collections like this one--combining theoretical documents with records of organizing practices, flyers, pamphlets, internal strategic pl ...more
Nov 28, 2017
Nov 16, 2017
 
Coming and Crying
3.65
it was amazing
I read one story a night until one morning when I didn't want to do anything else but read this book, and so I finished it. And it is still by my bed, ...more
Dec 09, 2010
Dec 12, 2010
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