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The Anatomy of A Rebellion: Against The Current vol. 84
Ortiz, Paul
Article
2000
The first time I traveled to Los Angeles with a comrade of mine in the labor movement, I had one of those sharp educational experiences that cannot be replicated in the classroom.
A Bend in the Labyrinth - Book Review: Against The Current vol. 160
Wald, Alan
Article
2012
Book review of 'The Century’s Midnight: Dissenting European and American Writers in the Era of the Second World War' by Clive Bush.
"Beyond Banksters" by Joyce Nelson: Book Review
Finn, Ed
Article
2017
A review of "Beyond Banksters: Resisting the New Feudalism" by Joyce Nelson.
Black Workers, Fordism and the UAW: Book Review of Bates's "The Making of Black Detroit in the Age of Henry Ford"
Feeley, Dianne
Article
2014
A book review of Beth Tompkins Bates's analysis of how the automotive industry provided an opportunity for African Americans to fight for equal working rights, unionize, and forge an alliance with whi...
Book review writing guide: Tips and advice on how to write a review of a book or pamphlet
Article
2006
Book reviews. If you write or publish anything reviews can be a gain or a pain. Even the pain of negative feedback can sometimes help. To readers they can be a warning, a source of information, or the...
The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America's Soldiers: Book Review
Hynes, H. Patricia
Article
2017
A review of the book, "The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America's Soldiers" by Joseph Hickman.
The CIA's 60-Year History of Fake News: How the Deep State Corrupted Many American Writers
Whitney, Joel; Scheer, Robert
Article
2017
In this week's episode of "Scheer Intelligence," Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer interviews Joel Whitney, author and co-founder of Guernica magazine.Whitney's new book, "Finks: How the C.I.A. T...
A Classic Study Revisited: Against The Current vol. 143
Horn, Gerd-Rainer
Article
2009
Pierre Broué (1926-2005) was one of the few Trotskyist historians who carved out a niche in academia, though this career choice had to overcome many obstacles. Coming of age at a time in France when t...
David Roediger's Working Toward Whiteness: Against The Current vol. 125
Poitevin, René Francisco
Article
2006
A disturbing aftermath of the pro-immigrant demonstrations recently held in dozens of cities across the United States, besides the obvious anti-immigrant backlash, has been the increase in Black/Brown...
The Death of Retirement?: Against The Current vol. 132
Prins, Nomi
Article
2008
Age Shock: How Finance is Failing Us, Robin Blackburn’s followup masterpiece to Banking on Death (2002), is another sobering and insightful examination of retirement security. In Age Shock, Blackburn ...
Debunking Columbus: Against The Current vol. 131
Jopp, Jennifer
Article
2007
“I knew it couldn’t be true!” exclaimed my then eleven-year-old daughter when I explained the premise of Restall’s book. “The Ancients knew that the earth was round,” she continued, “so Columbus could...
Defying Fundamentalism: Book Review
Moghissi, Haideh
Article
2014
A review of "Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism" By Karima Bennoune.
Ecology and value theory
Parker, Jean
Article
2017
A review of Jason W Moore, Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital.
The Education Deform Fraud: Book Review
Pope, Debby
Article
2014
Book Review of "Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools" By Diane Ravitch.
The Eight Best Books for Publicity Seekers
Fenske, Lynn
Article
2003
For those of you pursuing and perfecting the fine art of getting publicity, here's a list of books you can't live without.
Eliizabeth Kolbert's Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Against The Current vol. 125
McGough, John
Article
2006
Floods in normally drought-stricken eastern India have killed hundreds and left 1.5 million homeless this summer. Closer to home, a record-setting heat wave this June killed 225 in the United States, ...
Empire, Religion and Liberation: Against The Current vol. 135
Webber, Jeffery R.
Article
2008
“At least 10 Palestinians were killed in Gaza on Sunday by Israeli fire,” today’s New York Times reports as I write this review, “bringing the number of Palestinians killed since Wednesday… to more th...
Ernest Mandel's Legacy: Against The Current vol. 93
Wainer, Kit Adam
Article
2001
Ernest Mandel was perhaps the best known revolutionary Marxist of the second half of the twentieth century. As an activist and leader of the Fourth International for most of his adult life, Mandel bec...
Facing Fascism in Europe: Against The Current vol. 84
Smaldone, Bill
Article
2000
Adolf Hitler's rise to power in 1933, and the Nazis' rapid destruction of Germany's Social Democratic and Communist parties, shook the European left to its core. For many socialists and communists, th...
Fighting the Wal-Mart Plague: Against The Current vol. 118
Miller, Karen
Article
2005
Liza Featherstone offers a devastating portrait of rampant sex discrimination at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Women working for the company at all levels — from cashier positions to the highest levels of cor...
A Focus of Anti-capitalist Struggle?: Book review
Cox, Jan
Article
2013
A book review of No Local: Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won't Change the World
For the Love of Country?: Against The Current vol. 121
Jopp, Jennifer
Article
2006
Visited once again by the vultures of patriotism and gnawing anxieties about the nature of our republic, we are falling into a renewed debate about our peculiar brand of patriotism. Investing symbols ...
Four Books on Hegemony and Resistance: Against The Current vol. 120
Vandermeer, John
Article
2006
There are times when a key analysis has a wakeup effect. The last year saw the publication of four books that together have a potential of such an event, at least for those U.S. citizens who are motiv...
Freedom Now Vision Unfinished : Book Review of LeBlanc and Yates's "A Freedom Budget for All Americans"
Miah, Malik
Article
2014
Miah critiques LeBlanc and Yates' analysis of the Civil Rights Revolution, in light of the fact that the Freedom Budget issued during this time remains unfulfilled.
Funding Revolutions?: Against The Current vol. 133
Anderson, Aileen
Article
2008
Nearly every person I have encountered who is seeking liberation from the various oppressive-isms of this world has asked the fundamental question, “How do I free myself (and others) from such an insi...
Globalization and Feminism: Against The Current vol. 135
Hubler, Angela E.
Article
2008
In the concluding chapter of this innovative and insightful anthology, Torry Dickinson and Robert Schaeffer argue that “A key development for both theory and politics has been that the intersection of...
HAMAS Under the Spotlight: Against The Current vol. 132
Ahmed, Hisham H.
Article
2008
In a seemingly dramatic move in mid-2004, Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement which hitherto refused to participate in the Palestinian political system, expressed its willingness to be a part of th...
History on the Printed Page: Against The Current vol. 135
Le Blanc, Paul
Article
2008
A small volume could be produced listing the books dealing with the times I have written about here. I will offer only a couple dozen.
Hitting the Maternal Wall: Against The Current vol. 133
Huber-Humes, Sonya
Article
2008
The “Maternal Wall” is not a new method of contraception, and it’s not the look mom gives when the kids miss curfew. In this slim and accessible book The Motherhood Manifesto, Blades and Rowe-Finkbein...
In the Wake of Carnage: Book Review
Rappaport, Joanne
Article
2014
Book review of "Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru" by Kimberly Theidon.
James Green's Death in the Haymarket: Against The Current vol. 125
Quinn, Patrick M.
Article
2006
James Green's Death in the Haymarket tells the story of the anarcosyndicalist militants accused of perpetrating the throwing of a bomb that killed police at a workers’ rally at the Haymarket in Chicag...
Jeff Halper's Obstacles to Peace: Against The Current vol. 120
Finkel, David
Article
2006
“The occupation challenges us all… Can a system of control, displacement, denial of fundamental rights and repression actually prevail? What does it mean if we are unable to end an occupation that is ...
Kicking Ass for the Working Class: Against The Current vol. 133
Moody, Kim
Article
2008
There it was, staring at me from the AFL-CIO’s very own blog: a black sign with bold red letters saying “KICKING ASS FOR THE WORKING CLASS,” signed AFL-CIO. Surely they meant to say “working for,” or ...
Labor on the Ropes: Against The Current vol. 135
Leyshon, Traven
Article
2008
In U.S. Labor in Trouble and Transition, Kim Moody focuses on why the organized labor movement went into decline and points to potential signs of revival. The author’s explanation begins with the wors...
Latin America to Iraq: Greg Grandin's Empire's Workshop: Against The Current vol. 125
Farber, Samuel
Article
2006
The decade of the '70s was not good for U.S. imperialism. The American defeat in Southeast Asia led to the development of the “Vietnam syndrome” and with it the reluctance to use U.S. troops in wars a...
Lessons of Life and Death from Henry Spira: By Any Compromise Necessary?: Against The Current vol. 85
Hunter, Kim
Article
2000
A friend of Henry Spira once asked him why he left teaching in New York City, where he was successful and loved by the students, to go into the animal rights struggle. Spira said that humans were more...
Liberation, Then What?: Against The Current vol. 124
Webber, Jeffery R.
Article
2006
In a lucid contribution to our understanding of contemporary Africa, David Seddon and Leo Zeilig recently charted that continent's two waves of popular protest and class struggle over the last 40 year...
Lineages of the Arab Revolt: Book Review
Machover, Moshé
Article
2014
A review of "Lineages of Revolt: Issues of Contemporary Capitalism in the Middle East" by Adam Hanieh.
Making Their Own Freedom: Book Review of Rediker's "The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom"
Caldwell, Robert
Article
2014
A review of Rediker's re-centering of The Amistad Revellion toward a bottom-up perspective from that of the African slaves involved.
Myths of Cultural Dysfunction: Against The Current vol. 132
Farber, Samuel
Article
2008
This is another “blame the victim” book faulting Latino immigrants for not being as prosperous as other ethnic and racial groups, such as the Asians, in the United States. According to the author, the...
Opa Nobody: Against The Current vol. 135
Tribich, Chloe
Article
2008
In Opa Nobody, Sonya Huber — an activist struggling to reconcile her politics with the demands of human relationships and the realities of contemporary U.S. life — undertakes an ambitious task: the po...
The Oratory of Malcolm X: Against The Current vol. 120
McTaggart, Ursula
Article
Spike Lee closes his 1989 film “Do the Right Thing” with two quotes: In one, Malcolm X proclaims the right to self defense and in the other, Martin Luther King, Jr. insists upon non-violent protest. E...
Organizing that Changed Mississippi: Book Review of Salter Jr.'s "Jackson Mississippi" and Moody's "Coming of Age in Mississippi"
Chandler, Bill
Article
2014
A review of two books about the Mississippi's civil rights movement in 1965 from the perspectives of an African-American female student and a Native American male professor.
Our History Recovered: Against The Current vol. 132
Quinn, Patrick M.
Article
2008
For thirty-six years since its apogee in the late 1960s during the worldwide movement against the U.S. war in Vietnam, the global Left, including the Left in the United States, has been in decline. Gl...
Paul Buhle's Tim Hector: Against The Current vol. 125
Abraham, Sara
Article
2006
Paul Buhle's account of Tim Hector, Caribbean radical of Antiguan origin who passed away in 2002, is provocative and welcome. Its span is broad and appropriate for a general rather than specialist rea...
Political Persecution in Puerto Rico: Uncovering Secret Files: Against The Current vol. 85
Ayala, César
Article
2000
In the summer of 1987 Puerto Rico was shaken by revelations that the island's police was collecting information on so called “political subversives,” and that it was in possession of thousands of exte...
The Press and the Class Struggle: Against The Current vol. 131
Eidlin, Barry
Article
2007
Early on the morning of August 19, 1997, the U.S. labor movement experienced something it had rarely known in recent years: a victory on a national scale. After two weeks out on strike, over 185,000 m...
Puerto Rico, The Oldest U.S. Colony: Against The Current vol. 132
Marzán, César F. Rosado
Article
2008
When I was a high school senior, my history teacher promised the class that the Americans “would land” in Puerto Rico by the New Year. What he meant to tell us was that, different from most Puerto Ric...
A Record of Resistance: Against The Current vol. 121
Feeley, Dianne
Article
2006
Here is a stunning book, filled with photographs that record the suffering and strength of the indigenous population in the Guatemalan countryside over the past 15 years. In short essays and photos Ou...
Recovering Forgotten Voices: Against The Current vol. 132
Gilyard, Keith
Article
2008
A lover of American literature will come away from reading Alan Wald’s Trinity of Passion: The Literary Left and the Antifascist Crusade excited about the prospect of investigating a long list of curr...
Reinterpreting the Cotton Kingdom: Book Review
Donegan, Connor
Article
2014
Book review of Walter Johnson's "River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom."
Review: Riding the Bus to Freedom: Against The Current vol. 132
Feeley, Dianne
Article
2008
The 1961 Freedom Rides challenged a racially segregated society by openly defying its customs, riding in interracial groups on interstate buses going South and desegregating the stations’ facilities. ...
Review: The Politics of Some Bodies - On "Feminism, Queer Theory and Marxism at the Intersection"
Drucker, Peter
Article
2017
At a time when Marxist politics is struggling more than ever against the current, queer Marxist scholarship is enjoying a slight, startling, heartening resurgence. Holly Lewis' The Politics of Everybo...
Review: Political War Over Palestine: Against The Current vol. 131
Finkel, David
Article
2007
It has become impossible to review titles like these, or discuss the issues they raise, without reference to the rise of an exceptionally vicious campaign against critical activist voices and academic...
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Revolution and the Color Line
Jacobs, Ron
Article
2017
A review of the biography 'W.E.B. DuBois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line', by Bill Mullen, detailing the life of the influential author and organizer.
Revolutionaries in the a Time of Retreat: Book Review
McTaggart, Ted M.
Article
2014
Book review of "Toward the United Front: Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, 1922" edited and translated by John Riddell.
The Roots of Academic Freedom: Book review
Smith, Michael Steven
Article
2013
A book review of 'Priests of Our Democracy: The Supreme Court, Academic Freedom, and the Anti-Communist Purge.'
The Russian Revolution in Retreat: Against The Current vol. 136
Farber, Samuel
Article
2008
The relationship between “Leninism” and Stalinism has been a highly controversial topic between the political left and right as well as within the left itself. The “totalitarian” school of thought, hi...
Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War against Apartheid
Hartley, Paul
Article
2013
Two leading activists of the fight against Apartheid, Ruth First and Joe Slovo, for the first time have received a comprehensive biography.
A Saga of Revolution: Book Review of Reiss' "The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo"
Morrison, Derrick
Article
2014
A review of Tom Reiss' biography of Alexandre Dumas, a largely underemphasized figure in the French Revolution and the slave trade during the 18th century.
Searching for Sustainability: Book Review
Cox, Jan
Article
2014
Review of "State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible?" by the WorldWatch Institute.
Seth Farber's Radicals, Rabbis and Peacemakers: Against The Current vol. 120
Smith, Michael Steven
Article
2006
My grandparents came to America from Hungary in 1912. My family who stayed there and the Hungarian Jewish population were mostly killed by the fascists in the bitter winter of 1944, some 800,000. Twen...
The Socialist Register 1967: Volume 4: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1967
The Socialist Register 1982: Volume 19: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1982
The Socialist Register 1983: Volume 20: A Survey of Movements & Ideas
Miliband, Ralph; Saville, John (eds.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
1983
Steady Hands for Freedom: Book Review
Brewer, Rose M.
Article
2014
Book Review of "Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC" by Faith S. Holsaert, et. al
Traces of Magma: An Annotated Bibliography of Left Literature
Knight, Rolf
Book
1983
An annotated bibliography of left wing novels which deal with the lives of working people during the twentieth century.
Travails of U.S. Labor: Against The Current vol. 84
Cohen, Sheila
Article
2000
A Short History of the U.S. Working Class is an excellent introduction for the “workers and students” whom Paul Le Blanc commendably defines as its principal audience. The language is clear and access...
Voices of Asian Americans: Against The Current vol. 136
Lim, Seonghee
Article
2008
Asian Americas: The Movement and the Moment is an anthology of some 30 entries written by Asian Americans who initiated or participated in social and community movements in the late 1960s and 1970s. I...
A War Plan Scuttled?: Against The Current vol. 133
Ruff, Allen
Article
2008
As the Bush era draws to a close, there been increasing speculation on whether or not the United States will attack Iran. Spurred by the posturing and rhetoric coming from the White House and a subser...
A Witness to Destroying Schools: Book Review
Jordan, Joel
Article
2014
Book Review of "Schoolhouse Shams: Myths and Misinformation in School Reform" by Peter Downs.
Women Stand Up, Fight Back: Against The Current vol. 133
Tribich, Chloe
Article
2008
What would it mean to truly end gender-and-race-based violence? How can radicals acknowledge the totalizing violence of white supremacy while also accounting for the very diverse, and sometimes confli...
A Working-Class Hero Is Something To Be: Against The Current vol. 133
Early, Steve
Article
2008
As a 35-year veteran of union activity in America, I can personally attest that Tony Mazzocchi of the Oil, Chemical, and Atomic Workers (OCAW) was a rare bird, perhaps the last of his kind.
Yes, There is an Alternative!: Book Review
Friedman, Sam
Article
2014
Review of "Marx's Concept of the Alternative to Capitalism" by Peter Hudis.
"You Can't Kill a Revolution": Book Review of Bloom and Martin's "Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party"
Article
2014
A book review of Bloom and Martin's "Black Against Empire" and a look at the interpersonal relationships between the members of the Black Panther Party that allowed the group to gain support.

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Artistry, Life and Revolution: The Best of What We Are - Book Review
Mulligan, Joseph E.
1998
The Best of What We Are—Reflections on the Nicaraguan Revolution by John Brentlinger (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1995), $18.95 paperback.
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2000
Reviews of books on writing and presentations.
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2004
Here's a list of new releases that will keep you busy for a while.
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Fenske, Lynn
2004
Start by accepting the fact that the media moves faster than you do, so be prepared. Always.
Israel: The Broken Silence
Shulman, David
2016
Book review - Israel: The Broken Silence.
New on the Bookshelf
Fenske, Lynn
2004
Reviews of recent books on publicity and media relations.
The Rebel Girl: Barbara Kingsolver's Triumph - Book Review
Sameh, Catherine
1999
IT IS A distinct pleasure to witness a favorite novelist become an even better storyteller, without losing her politics. Such is the case with Barbara Kingsolver and her new novel The Poisonwood Bible...
Review: Leadership from within
Cowan, Kirsten
1998
An outline of skills and leadership techniques.
Review: Secrets of Power Marketing
Cowan, Kirsten
1999
A lively book, with a streak of practicality that reveals itself in an impatience with hoity-toity notions of marketing that have little impact on the bottom line.
Review: World Wide Web Marketing
1999
A book for those whose jobs involve creating and maintaining corporate Web sites.
Review: Your Guide to Public Speaking
Coburn, Jean
1997
A no-nonsense guide to public speaking.
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1998
Resources for communicators.
Surrealism Against Racism - Book Review
Lowy, Michael
1999
THE WELL-KNOWN antiracist journal Race Traitor—whose motto is “Treason to whiteness is loyalty to Humanity”—published in the form of a small book a special issue (number 9, Summer 1998, ISBN # 0-88286...

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