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Very Capitalist Condition, A : A History and Politics of Disability
Very Capitalist Condition, A : A History and Politics of Disability
by Roddy Slorach
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A profoundly moving and inspiring book that locates the question ..., 19 April 2017
A profoundly moving and inspiring book that locates the question of "disability" within the context of a society where everything is turned into a commodity for making profit. I was particularly struck by how the author shows that disabled people have been a central part of historic struggles for liberation. This is in the context of a UK government that is taking support away from those that need it. Its an important read that raises important questions about how our society is organised and how it could be very different.


A Rebel's Guide to Malcolm X
A Rebel's Guide to Malcolm X
by Antony Hamilton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant little introduction to the life of this important revolutionary, 19 April 2017
A brilliant little introduction to the life of this important revolutionary. Puts Malcolm X squarely in the context of the political turmoil and the Civil Rights struggles of the mid-20th century in the US. As a new generation fights #BlackLivesMatter this is an essential read, along with the others in this great series.


The Death of the Big Men and the Rise of the Big Shots (ASAO Studies in Pacific Anthropology)
The Death of the Big Men and the Rise of the Big Shots (ASAO Studies in Pacific Anthropology)
by Keir Martin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.00

4.0 out of 5 stars this is an excellent read that will interest anyone who is considering the ..., 23 Aug. 2016
Despite the very specific nature of this study, this is an excellent read that will interest anyone who is considering the way that different cultures respond to their encounter with capitalism and neo-liberal policies. It's readable, at times humourous and also offers insights into the work of the anthropologist.


Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography
Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography
by Tamas Krausz
Edition: Paperback
Price: £25.00

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tamás Krausz's important new biography must be seen as part ..., 30 Oct. 2015
Tamás Krausz's important new biography must be seen as part of the ongoing debate about the nature of revolutionary organisation required to build a mass revolutionary movement. His work is very much an attempt to re-examine Lenin's ideas as part of a resolute defence of Lenin and his work. Krausz is clear that this is intended to take forward the revolutionary movement that can challenge and defeat capitalism. This is a stimulating, though often challenging read and should encourage the reader to explore further questions of Marxism and revolutionary organisation.


Marxism and Women's Liberation
Marxism and Women's Liberation
by Judith Orr
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

8 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent book that summarises brilliantly the Marxist approach to Women's ..., 16 Sept. 2015
This is an excellent book that summarises brilliantly the Marxist approach to Women's Liberation - the relationship between class society, the family and oppression is particularly well done. Judith Orr traces the changing relationships between the sexes and society from the earliest human societies to modern capitalism, and examines the particular way that sexism (alongside other oppressions) serves the ruling class by helping to divide and rule. Orr draws on classic Marxist texts to understand the way revolutionaries have approached the question, but she also tackles more recent approaches that attempt to frame sexism through Feminist agendas, arguing that only a revolutionary approach which seeks to fundamentally transform society - abolishing capitalism - can really liberate women, and humanity collectively. This is an excellent book for those new to Marxism, giving good pointers to further reading. But it is also something that longer-standing activists will enjoy reading, particularly the sections on contemporary debates.


Shipstar
Shipstar
by Larry Niven
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 15 April 2015
This review is from: Shipstar (Paperback)
Absolutely terrible.


Rebel's Guide to Eleanor Marx, A
Rebel's Guide to Eleanor Marx, A
by Siobhan Brown
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to this amazing radical activist, 19 Mar. 2015
An excellent introduction to this amazing radical activist. Eleanor Marx built trade unions, fought for women's liberation, was active in building solidarity with international struggles from the Paris Commune and Ireland and opposed the anti-imperialist war in Sudan. A translator, a writer, an orator and an outstanding Marxist she ought to be one of the British left's greatest heroes. Yet all too often she is forgotten. Siobhan Brown's book is a superb introduction to Eleanor Marx's life.


Rebel's Guide to Rosa Luxemburg, A
Rebel's Guide to Rosa Luxemburg, A
by Sally Campbell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.00

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the life and work of one of ..., 20 Feb. 2015
An excellent introduction to the life and work of one of the most important 20th century revolutionaries. Put's Luxemburg's work into the context of the struggle to build socialist organisation, the fight for Marxist clarity and above all the Russian and German revolutions. A good book to read before going on to Luxemburg's own writings, particularly "Reform and Revolution" and "The Mass Strike".


Deciphering Capital
Deciphering Capital
by Alex Callinicos
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.48

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging, but important contribution to the debate about ..., 20 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Deciphering Capital (Paperback)
A challenging, but important contribution to the debate about Marx's study of Capital and our understand of what that means for 21st century capitalism.


Fighting Back
Fighting Back
by John Newsinger
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, and relevant history of US working class movement in the 1930s, 16 April 2014
This review is from: Fighting Back (Paperback)
John Newsinger packs and enormous quantity into this book. Some of the most inspiring tales are the high points of the struggle. The factory occupations and the Sit Down strikes. But there is also the lesser known history of the part played of women in the struggles of the 1930s, and the cowardly roles of some union leaders, who clearly didn't know which side they were supposed to be on. John Newsinger is a readable author, who, uses the voices of the participants themselves to great effect.

The defeats and victories of US workers in the 1930s, as well as the roles (positive and negative) of militants and revolutionaries remain enormously important. Despite seeming to be from a forgotten era, there isn't a trade unionist or socialist anywhere in the world that won't gain something from this important book.


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