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Dirty Wars: The world is a battlefield
Dirty Wars: The world is a battlefield
by Jeremy Scahill
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.87

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scahill's Dirty Wars will stand alongside Philip Agee's CIA Diary for the harsh light it shines on US official hypocrisy, 12 May 2013
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Scahill's Dirty Wars will stand alongside Philip Agee's CIA Diary Inside the Company: CIA Diary for the harsh light it shines on US official hypocrisy. Historically it should prove to be a test of where every public figure's moral compass stands today - and on which side they may stand in the changing battles for a future which looks set to get increasingly nasty, before we see any new light. With no disrespect to Agee - Scahill's writing is a pleasure to read - even when covering such terrible material.


IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation
IBM and the Holocaust: The Strategic Alliance Between Nazi Germany and America's Most Powerful Corporation
by Edwin Black
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars The need for vigilance when powerful new technologies are deployed, 22 Dec 2012
As the son of an ICBM rocket designer, I have been concerned with ethics, economics and technological issues of power and progress all my life. This book will probably be subject to much criticism and vilification for the uncomfortable truths it reveals. Everyone concerned with human rights, racism, government invasion of privacy and control should read this and in the motto of the book's main culprit Thomas J. Watson THINK. If we ever needed a clear example of the absolute political importance of privacy of personal information and limitations on the role of state intrusion into private lives this book may prove historically to be an important beacon for future generations. The very fact that this horrifying aspect has taken so long to emerge is added warning of the need for active vigilance in every one of us. I had only just finished reading James Bacque's 'Crimes and Mercies' which presents another mirror into a distorted past, the two books together are enough to make thinking people question many so called truths which they may have grown up with. Tell eveyone about this book. It doesn't matter how embarrassed IBM may be about its criminal past. This is an issue for everyone concerned with the use of powerful new technologies for profit beyond control.


Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture
Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture
by Ian Cobain
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 15.19

21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The secret history of Britain's outsourcing of torture., 10 Nov 2012
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This book belongs amongst the small library that contains the likes of James Bacque's Other Losses, Philip Agee's CIA Diary, William Pepper's An Act of State, George Crile's Charlie Wilson's War - which have contributed great exposures of the epic scale of state terrorism. It is well written, clearly argued and although the subject matter is harrowing - the insight that it brings to the level of political and military duplicity over the continuous use of torture by the British State is a very positive achievement. In my view this book is compulsory reading.
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Karl Marx on Technology and Alienation
Karl Marx on Technology and Alienation
by Dr Amy Wendling
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Profound and topical - study of rediscoverd notebooks., 14 Oct 2012
Philosopher finds Marx's unpublished notebooks including on the history of technology - and writes a refreshing reminder why Marx was so profound and still speaks to the issues of today over a hundred and fifty years later.


Bauhaus Conflicts 1919-2009: Controversies and Counterparts
Bauhaus Conflicts 1919-2009: Controversies and Counterparts
by Philipp Oswalt
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Key ideas behind the evolution and appreciation of the Bauhaus, 9 Oct 2012
Key ideas behind the evolution and appreciation of the Bauhaus. Produced for the 2009 exhibition commemorating the ninetieth anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus (Berlin) and Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity (New York). Edited by Phillipp Ostwalt this volume presents a valuable collection of essays by important protagonsts and critics giving many insights from a number of different perspectives on the controversies which, have and continue to, surround the understanding of the seminal role the Bauhaus played in different periods under different leaderships and through the evolution of contested aims and objectives.


William Morris: The Marxist Dreamer
William Morris: The Marxist Dreamer
by Paul Meier
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morris's Marxism, 8 Mar 2012
The most important volume in restoring a balanced perspective on Morris's politics (alongside the Florence Boos editing of his socialist diaries that were published in History Workshop JournalWilliam Morris's Socialist Diary). Meier's important work stems from his study of William Morris's annotated copy of the french edition of Karl Marx'sCapital Volume One now in the Getty Library Collection at Wormsley (having been beautifully rebound by Cobden Sanderson at May Morris's suggestion). Should be reprinted as a matter of urgency for its seminal importance. It also charts the importance historically of the relationship with Belfort Bax and their intentions in publishing the journal Commonweal Political Writings: Contributions to "Justice" and "Commonweal", 1883-90 (William Morris Library).


William Morris: Design and Enterprise in Victorian Britain
William Morris: Design and Enterprise in Victorian Britain
by Charles Harvey
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent objective analysis of William Morris's achievements, 7 Mar 2012
This book is an excellent objective analysis of William Morris's achievements across the full range of his creative involvement, poetic, literary, decoration, design and printing. The heart of the book is a carefullfy contextualised and wide-ranging analysis of his creative business practise. The book is a very easy read as it is excellently written, edited and presented and includes appropriately chosen illustrations. This would be an excellent complement to both Fiona McCathy's William Morris: A Life for Our Time's more personal biography and Meier's two volume William Morris: The Marxist Dreamer on Morris's politics. Plenty of detail about genuinely interesting aspects of the design and business process and the extent of Morris's successes and few failures.


Economic Crisis and Crisis Theory
Economic Crisis and Crisis Theory
by Paul Mattick
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible classic account of Marx's theory of crisis., 8 April 2009
This is Paul Mattick's masterwork in the interpretation and presentation of an accessible classic account of Marx's theory of crisis. A modern popularisation of ideas developed in Henryk Grossman's exposition and clarification of crisis theory's centrality in Marx's analysis of Capital. Should be reprinted urgently as a must read for students of the current crisis.


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