Can the Working Class Change the World?
Michael YatesSpoiler alert: Michael Yates not only answers his question with a resounding “Yes,” but insists that the working class must change the world. Our very survival as a people and a planet depend on it. What makes this book invaluable, however, is not its grand conclusion but Yates’s clear-eyed, global analysis of capitalism (historically and in […]
A People’s History of the United States, 1492-Present
Howard ZinnBy Howard Zinn. pp 729. New 2016 Edition, Introduction by Anthony Arnove, $20. The masterwork by the legendary historian is a must have for your library and the perfect gift. Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People’s History of the United States tells America’s story from the point […]
Democracy in Chains
Nancy MacLeanDemocracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America exposes how libertarian notions and right-wing political power in the US came to define speech as money and corporations as people, gerrymander key electoral maps, and stiff-arm the progressive changes that most Americans clamor for.
The End of Ice
Dahr JamailDahr Jamail is the recipient of the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. He is the author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq and The End of Ice. Like no other book, The End of Ice is a first hand account of the catastrophic reality or our critical situation and the urgent need for caring and […]
The Death of Democracy
Benjamin HettBenjamin Hett chronicles the demise of constitutional rule in Germany from 1930-1934 and what enabled Nazism. The Death of Democracy: Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic resonates with contemporary corollaries without ever having to identify them. The work serves as an important reminder of the fragility of democracy.
Global Discontents: Conversations on the Rising Threats to Democracy
Noam Chomsky, David BarsamianGlobal Discontents is a compelling new set of interviews with Noam Chomsky, who identifies the “dry kindling” of discontent around the world that could soon catch fire. In wide-ranging interviews with David Barsamian, his longtime interlocutor, Noam Chomsky asks us to consider “the world we are leaving to our grandchildren”: one imperiled by the escalation […]
Is Inequality in America Irreversible?
Chuck CollinsWe are living in a time of extreme inequality: America’s three richest people now own as much wealth as the bottom half of the population. Although most accept that this is grotesque, many politicians accept it as irreversible. In this book, leading US researcher and activist Chuck Collins succinctly diagnoses the drivers of rampant inequality, […]
Bill McKibbenBill McKibben’s groundbreaking book The End of Nature — issued in dozens of languages and long regarded as a classic — was the first book to alert us to global warming. But the danger is broader than that: even as climate change shrinks the space where our civilization can exist, new technologies like artificial intelligence and robotics […]
Culture and Resistance: Conversations with Edward W. Said
Edward Said, David BarsamianDavid Barsamian interviews Edward Said. Haymarket Books, 2019; 224 pages. Edward W. Said discusses the importance and centrality of popular resistance in the framework of culture, history, and struggle. He reveals his thoughts on the war on terrorism and the invasion of Afghanistan. On the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he lays out a compelling vision for a secular, democratic […]
The Pen and the Sword: Conversations with Edward Said
Edward SaidDavid Barsamian interviews Edward Said. Introduction by Eqbal Ahmad. With a new preface by Nubar Hovsepian. Haymarket Books, March 2010; 180 pages. Gathered here are five wide-ranging interviews with the internationally renowned Palestinian scholar and critic Edward Said (1935-2003). In conversation with David Barsamian, director of Alternative Radio, these interviews cover a broad range of […]
How to Read a Protest: The Art of Organizing and Resistance
L.A. KauffmanBy L.A. Kauffman 152 pages When millions of people took to the streets for the 2017 Women’s Marches, there was an unmistakable air of uprising, a sense that these marches were launching a powerful new movement to resist a dangerous presidency. But the work that protests do often can’t be seen in the moment. It […]
Things that Can and Cannot Be Said
Arundhati RoyIn late 2014, Arundhati Roy, John Cusack, and Daniel Ellsberg travelled to Moscow to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The result was a series of essays and dialogues in which Roy and Cusack reflect on their conversations with Snowden. In these provocative and penetrating discussions, Roy and Cusack discuss the nature of the state, […]