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Days of War,Nights of Love: Crimethink for Beginners [Paperback]

Paul F. Maul , Crimethinc Workers Collective
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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Crimethinc (Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097091010X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970910103
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 14.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Boasting a format that is truly beyond description, Days of War, Nights of Love contains articles, essays, stories, interviews, posters, artwork, maps, myths, realities, fantasies, historical accounts, declarations, manifestos, and exclamations aimed at the revolution of your world. A Situationist classic.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how did this get past the thought poilce??? 22 Nov 2007
Format:Paperback
This is one of those rare objects in the banal mediocrity that gets past the iron fist of the present system, that makes you think and realise that all those times you have thought" Why am I doing this? Why does is this system portrayed as "normal" when I so much hate the routine and monotony of it all" and "surely my life and the world in general is worth more than me filing some useless piece of paper or inputting some useless piece of information into a computer that doesn't care if I have an existence or not". It sneaked past the culture vultures that make us think that banality is the norm and we should be happy because we get our Christmas bonus to buy more stuff that we do not need, produced by people working for a slave wage, to earn profits for capitalists and rich that in the words of Donald Trump " are the people who own the most things that they do not need"!

Acquire this book as you will -but acquire it and think!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Know what to expect 15 Mar 2007
By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a collection of essays from a group of social thinkers, philosophers, commentators, which has the feel of an underground zine or art student political rag mag.

Some of the material is very thought provoking and interesting, some of it's simply entertaining, while some of it probably only makes any sense to the authors themselves.

The book comprises a collection of essays about capitalism, business practices, like selling deodorants and alienation, the authors are explicit about their influences, even describing themselves as plagarists rather than original thinkers, there are also side swipes at ideological treachery, boring politics and an opening piece about a "booming discontent industry"!!

A lot of themes which featured in this book reminded me of Fight Club, which is actually paraphrased at points throughout the book and in full page graphics towards the end, there's some situationist references, which is, and the authors acknowledge this, a convoluted and complicated continental philosophy about people being reduced to the status of spectators, living inauthentic lives, it also reminded me of a poor man's Steal This Book/Abbie Hoffman.

However in the end there's not much in the way of analysis and proposals for actions, just people working out their own personal alienation and the suggestion you do likewise, though aside from adopting the lifestyle of an art school drop out, forging in the trash, shoplifting, breaking windows at starbucks and stuff like that its hard to know what is being proposed, infact the whole point seems to be that no proposals will be made and all that's possible isnt likely to make a difference anyway.
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15 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING THIS BOOK WILL NOT CHANGE YOUR LIFE 13 Dec 2004
Format:Paperback
"ECLIPSE THE PAST, USERP THE FUTURE!" Do you look at yourself and the society and reel in disgust? Do you find it hard to work or study because the great injustices in the world seem so obvious. "who wants to be a cog in a machine? depends on the machine" go to work, provide the leaders of industry labour for next to nothing. sell your time, your life to the head of the company for enough to survive and buy back the petty insignificant things you don't need? this book is not the answer, do not expect it to do the work for you. it is a tool, use it to find the answers. Buy and read it. It is very worth it. Support CrimethInc
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7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 21 Sep 2004
By Nes
Format:Paperback
this book has completely changed my life.. it is simply inspirational and a must for anyone with anarchist tendencies.. or those who want to be inspired into anarchy...
i have truly never read a more amazing book...
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It will destroy your faith in anything but yourself..... 30 Jun 2001
By Bruce Ables - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Days of War, Nights of Love is undoubtedly a life-changing book for anyone lucky enough to thumb through a few pages. Really, that's part of the beauty of it. When reading, I didn't go through the 'table of discontents' (A is for Anarchy, F is for Freedom, etc.) in order, I just opened randomly and started reading. And whether you're a capitalist cheerleader or a die-hard anarchist (something which the I chapter may make you think twice about,) it has fresh ideas and perspectives for everyone.
The essays are mostly random collections of personal perspectives by mysterious authors, part of a CrimethInc. collective, many of the best written by the ever-elusive Nadia C. The authors explain, in clear and inspiring language, that the modern-day bourgeuoise style of living is not only damaging to the individual, but it is pitiful compared to the potential existance each of us could posess. An important point, however, is that CrimethInc. does NOT profess to be a movement or organization destined to lead the masses of out darkness. In fact, they warn against the danger of such 'movements', or for that matter, solid ideologies for any group. Along with the writing and personal notes, there are illustrations that make their catch phrases all the more meaningful by looking like they were written by a Dada Norman Rockwell. If you have ever felt put down by any authority, especially your own consciousness, this is for YOU... but be careful, this book will not save your life....
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars anarchy for beginners 3 Jan 2004
By chad thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
this book does exactly what it is intended to do: introduce a political ideology to the reader. In other words, its "crimethinc for beginners". It provides the reader with basic information about anarchism, and it provides the reader with decent arguments against capitalism. The book serves its purpose.
After you read this book, if you are still interested with anarchist ideas I suggest you read "anarchism and other essays" by emma goldman, "what is anarchism" by a;exander berkman, "homage to catalonia" by george orwell
31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good start 17 Dec 2004
By S. T. Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
this is the best crimethinc book. There are times when I wish they'd have just stopped here. Excellent introduction to what is so wrong with society, but a little bare in the what the hell are we going to do about it department. And no, I don't think trainhopping and dumpster diving are going to bring about the revolution.

By all means read this. Especially if punk rock and the black block appeals to you, but don't stop there. Check out the writing of Francis Fox Piven, Michael Albert, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, John Holloway, ViJay Prishad and Marcos
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The trees, the stars, the mountains are all alive. Are we? 23 Mar 2006
By wildflowerboy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Reading this book will give you an adrenaline rush equivalent to moshing at a really good punk show or making love in some far-away rainforest. It reads like a fun conversation with a modern day Abbie Hoffman or Guy Debord (with a scratchy record of Chumbawamba playing in the background). Within these pages, the institutions of work, school, church, monogamy and capitalism come under attack, urging readers to live deliberately and passionately, wildly and freely, encouraging us with every waking moment to choose between generosity or greed, liberation or domination. There is no escaping one's mortality. Therefore, what really matters most: fighting on the streets for social justice or numbing away your pain with sitcoms and processed foods,the year you spent doing peace work in Chiapas or a meaningless lifetime of routine office labor? The choice is yours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crimethink on Amazon.com, the hypocrisy is beautiful. 10 Sep 2001
By "wmmt" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Before anything else is said, for those of you that just want a quick rundown of what the book is like, it's the best book on modern anarchism currently in existence. It's written and published by a mythical CrimethInc. (Ex)Workers' Collective, a group that even the most involved people have only limited understanding. This is the largest project that the CWC has released thus far, and is an excellent introduction to many of the ideas that people can sum up in the "Live Free Or Die" motto, and we mean it.
BUT that brings up a conflict for some of us. Should we market a product through a series of means that we oppose (corporate marketing, impersonal mailorder, and credit cards) hoping for wider distribution & visibility, or do we keep this products in our hands and distribute in the limited way that we are comfortable? A conflict every Avant-Garde artist, political columnists, and independent musician is forced to resolve. We choose to give you the option to purchase this in the same way that you probably buy many of your books, but understand that purchasing this book through amazon.com is an obvious contradiction to many of the themes throughout the book (Anti-Capitalism/Pro-Adventure) but any actions that fight against the status quo are going to be hypocritical by nature. May we take the focus away from that, and onto what else we can do.
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But this choice is left up to your hands. This book is subtitled "Your Ticket To A World Free Of Charge", but this isn't like an airplane in which your cramp yourself in and try to pass the time of the flight. This is a ticket to the Underground Railroad, where ex-slaves travel and work with conspirators and sympathizers on their path to freedom. Join Us.
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