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Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow

Gerald Horne’s Race to Revolution reviewed in The American Historical Review

Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow, Monthly Review Press, 2014, pp 429, $29.00

Reviewed by David Luis-Brown in The America Historical Review

“Gerald Horne’s Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba during Slavery and Jim Crow charts the intersecting histories of African descended populations in Cuba and the United States. Horne begins with the age of slavery, when U.S. citizens from the North and South owned thousands of slaves in Cuba, and an illegal slave trade from Cuba into the United States thrived. The second half of the book narrates the Jim Crow era, in which the United States attempted to impose racial segregation in Cuba, jazz emerged as a product of cross-straits collaboration, and Communists attacked U.S. racism….
This indispensable book represents transnational history at its best: it not only illuminates the cross-national personal exchanges and flows of capital, migration and travel, as well as political systems and social movements, it also casts a new light on the national histories of Cuba and the United States, entangled in a crushingly uneven embrace.”

Read the entire review here: The American Historical Review-2015-Luis-Brown-1454-5

America's Addiction to Terrorism

The War on Terror Is a War on Youth — Henry A. Giroux/Brad Evans via Truthout

There is a revealing similarity between the attacks on September 11, 2001 – when airplanes were flown into the twin towers, killing thousands of people – and the attacks in Paris, in which over 130 people were killed and hundreds wounded. Yet, what they have in common has been largely overlooked in the mainstream and alternative media’s coverage of the more recent terrorist attacks. While both assaults have been rightly viewed as desperate acts of alarming terrorism, what has been missed is that both acts of violence were committed by young men. This is not a minor issue because unraveling this similarity provides the possibility for addressing the conditions that made such attacks possible.… | more |

The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now

The Socialist Imperative reviewed by Systemic Disorder

If socialism is to be that better world, what structures might be necessary? Socialism can be defined as a system in which production is geared toward human need rather than private profit for a few; where everybody is entitled to have a say in what is produced, how it is produced and how it is distributed; that these collective decisions are made in the context of the broader community and in quantities sufficient to meet needs; political decision-making is the hands of the communities affected; and quality health care, food, shelter and education are human rights. There is no class, vanguard or other group that stands above society, arrogating decision-making, wealth and/or privileges to itself.
A blueprint for such a future is not possible; a better world will be created in its making. But neither can we leap to a different world empty-handed or without a compass. Tangible counter-examples and concrete ideas are necessary if working people — the vast majority of humanity — are to break free from their acceptance of capitalism as “common sense” or the “only alternative.” When ideas become rooted in masses of people, they become a natural force, argues Michael Lebowitz in his latest book, The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now. He uses the example of the “socialist triangle” to explicate a structure for a better, democratic system….… | more |

Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography

Deutscher Memorial Prize-winner, Reconstructing Lenin, reviewed by ResoluteReader

In recent years there has been a intense discussion about the ideas of the Russian revolutionary Lenin. Some of this has its roots in the class struggle – the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement both threw up questions about the nature of revolutionary organisation. Others have attempted to re-examine Lenin to critique existing organisations and ideas. There have been some excellent books, articles and events debating these questions.

Tamás Krausz’s important new biography must be seen as part of this debate. 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.… | more |

Silvertown: The Lost Story of a Strike that Shook London and Helped Launch the Modern Labor Movement

Silvertown reviewed by ResoluteReader

In 1889 nearly 3,000 workers at Silver’s, an enormous factory in East London, in Silvertown went on strike. The men and women who walked out were inspired by the New Unionism that was sweeping the city. They’d seen mass strikes by dockers in the East End that had won major victories and they wanted improvements too.

Their twelve week strike has almost been forgotten today. Perhaps because it ended in defeat. But John Tully’s important book rescues the struggle for readers today, and, perhaps surprisingly, the reader will find that we can learn much from those brave men and women.… | more |

Socialist Register 2016: The Politics of the Right

JUST OUT! Socialist Register 2016: The Politics of the Right

This fifty-second edition of the Socialist Register explores right-wing political forces and parties around the globe, bringing to bear the Register’s reputation for detailed scholarship and passionate engagement on some of the most troubling developments in world politics today. Contributors examine mobilizations of the right in a variety of countries by analyzing their social bases, their relationships with state institutions, and the reach of their influence on mainstream parties and opinion. This volume also addresses the historical transition from right-wing nationalism to ethnicism, the question of resurgent fascism, and how left parties should respond to challenges from the far right.… | more |

The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now

“Trump Entertains; Lebowitz Enlightens”—The Progressive Populist reviews The Socialist Imperative

According to Donald Trump, a former front-runner to be the GOP presidential nominee, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for the presidency, is giving everything away, a partial truth. For a fuller treatment of what a radical break with capitalism entails, read The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now by Michael A. Lebowitz (Monthly Review Press, 2015).
A retired economics professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, his two-part book doesn’t end there. That is a positive thing, as the public is open to socialism, in no small measure due to the Great Recession… | more |

Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography

Reconstructing Lenin by Tamás Krausz Wins Deutscher Memorial Prize 2015

Reconstructing Lenin by Tamás Krausz – wins Deutscher Memorial Prize 2015

Named for the historian Isaac Deutscher and his wife Tamara, this prize is awarded each year for a book demonstrating “the best and most innovative new writing in or about the Marxist tradition.” Previous prize winners include Mike Davis, Robin Blackburn, Ellen Mieksins Wood, Eric Hobsbawm, and Monthly Review Press authors Michael A. Lebowitz and István Mészáros.

Announced Friday, November 6, at Khalili Lecture Theatre, University of London

Wall Street's Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014

David Swanson of Talk Nation Radio interviews Laurence Shoup, author of Wall Street’s Think Tank, on the Council on Foreign Relations

“Laurence H. Shoup has taught U.S. history at the university level and has been a historical consultant on California history for over 30 years, authoring or co-authoring over 200 reports for a variety of clients. His new book which we discuss is Wall Street’s Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014. Among his past books is Imperial Brain Trust: The Council on Foreign Relations and United States Foreign Policy….”… | more |

Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography

35% Off November Book of the Month! Reconstructing Lenin by Tamás Krausz

Paperback, 544 pages
ISBN: 9781583674499
Released: February 2015

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Winner of the Deutscher Memorial Prize 2015

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin is among the most enigmatic and influential figures of the twentieth century. While his life and work are crucial to any understanding of modern history and the socialist movement, generations of writers on the left and the right have seen fit to embalm him endlessly with superficial analysis or dreary dogma. Now, after the fall of the Soviet Union and “actually-existing” socialism, it is possible to consider Lenin afresh, with sober senses trained on his historical context and how it shaped his theoretical and political contributions. Reconstructing Lenin, four decades in the making and now available in English for the first time, is an attempt to do just that. Click here to purchase now — enter the coupon code bom1115lenin to receive 35% off at check out.

A work of exemplary scholarship, written with penetrating insights and steadfast commitment. With richly documented attention to detail it illuminates the formation and much disputed impact of Lenin’s immense lifework in their dynamic historical setting, highlighting at the same time their enduring significance for the prospects of socialist developments.
—István Mészáros, author, Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness and Beyond Capital

Krausz brings to this contribution in the growing field of Lenin studies a lifetime accumulation of knowledge and insights, but also a critical sensibility, helping to extend and deepen the intensive explorations and debates about what happened in history and what is to be done … here is a revolutionary activist-scholar who has much to share with us, and Monthly Review Press has performed a service in helping to connect him with an English-speaking readership.”
—Paul Le Blanc, author, Unfinished Leninism: The Rise and Return of a Revolutionary Doctrine

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Confronting Black Jacobins: The U.S., the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic

Hear Gerald Horne speak about his new book, Confronting Black Jacobins, at Tamiment Library, New York University, October 30

Confronting Black Jacobins: The U.S., the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic

Professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, Gerald Horne, recorded by Mitchel Cohen for WBAI-FM radio at New York University’s Tamiment Library, talks about why a study of the 1804 Haitian Revolution might be relevant to today:

“It’s mandatory to tease out the contemporary repercussions of historical events, and I say this particularly standing here in New York in the United States of America, where there is an ongoing crisis. We need deeper thinking, not least on of this spate of televised, almost pornographic, murders . . . Of course, I’m speaking of Eric Garner, who was killed right here in this city, but of course also Freddie Gray and Sandra Bland . . .”

Confronting Black Jacobins by Gerald Horne

New! Gerald Horne’s Confronting Black Jacobins: The U.S., the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic

The Haitian Revolution, the product of the first successful slave revolt, was truly world-historic in its impact. When Haiti declared independence in 1804, the leading powers—France, Great Britain, and Spain—suffered an ignominious defeat and the New World was remade. The island revolution also had a profound impact on Haiti’s mainland neighbor, the United States. Inspiring the enslaved and partisans of emancipation while striking terror throughout the Southern slaveocracy, it propelled the fledgling nation one step closer to civil war. Gerald Horne’s path breaking new work explores the complex and often fraught relationship between the United States and the island of Hispaniola….

The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now

The Socialist Imperative reviewed in Counterfire

The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now
by Michael Lebowitz
Reviewed by Kit Klarenberg

The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now is Michael Lebowitz’s latest work, a gathering of eleven ruminations on the nature of socialism in the present day. In many ways, this is a refreshing volume that helpfully adds its voice to a suddenly resurgent and more confident left….

Suffice to say, Lebowitz does not believe socialism a hopeless cause. In fact, as modern capitalism increasingly threatens not only the stability of the environment, but our very species survival, he considers it a more morally crucial objective than ever. In attempting to establish a framework for socialist victory in the twenty-first century, he assesses why previous efforts were unsuccessful, how capitalism came to be embraced – or, at least, tolerated – by the people who would benefit most from a more equitable configuration of society, and advances a modernised vision of collectivist organisation….

Read the entire review in Countfire

Confronting Black Jacobins by Gerald Horne

October 30 NYC Book Party for Confronting Black Jacobins

Come to a book party celebrating the launch of Gerald Horne’s Confronting Black Jacobins
forthcoming from Monthly Review Press

Tamiment Library, New York University
Friday, October 30, 6-8 pm
70 Washington Square South, 10th floor
New York City

Drawing upon a rich collection of archival and other primary source materials, Horne deftly weaves together a disparate array of voices—world leaders and diplomats, slaveholders, white abolitionists, and the freedom fighters he terms Black Jacobins. Horne at once illuminates the tangled conflicts of the colonial powers, the commercial interests and imperial ambitions of U.S. elites, and the brutality and tenacity of the American slaveholding class, while never losing sight of the freedom struggles of Africans both on the island and on the mainland, which sought the fulfillment of the emancipatory promise of 18th century republicanism.

Gerald Horne, progressive-activist historian, demonstrates a masterful grasp of his discipline with illuminating research and inviting writing about influential voices and events that coalesce into the global watershed victory of the Haitian Revolution. He demystifies and reveals History as a concentrated storyline of social struggles and transformative results grounded in ethical visions defined by humanity and inhumanity – and the Haitian Revolution as standard-bearer of just progressive, social, and political movements looming well into the 21st Century.

—Danny Glover, citizen-artist, actor