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Peter Custers, 1949 – 2015

Monthly Review author Peter Custers died at his home in Leiden, the Netherlands on Tuesday, September 3rd, of a heart attack. See obituary in the Bangladeshi newspaper, The Daily Star

Journalist, researcher, and international activist, Custers was the author of several books on Bangladesh, and of the book Questioning Globalized Militarism. With Jayati Ghosh, Peter Custers wrote Capital Accumulation and Women’s Labor in Asian Economies, published in 2012 by Monthly Review Press. He also wrote an article titled “A Different Perspective on the U.S.-India Nuclear Deal,” which appeared in the September 2009 issue of Monthly Review magazine.

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

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

Wall Street’s Think Tank reviewed in Counterpunch (again!)

Contemporary history is neither a series of random occurrences nor the predetermined plaything of a small cabal of super-empowered conspirators. The truth is somewhere in-between. A sizeable cadre of class- and system-conscious deep-state and imperial planners from the heights of concentrated private and governmental power join together to shape the outlines of much of recent history.


Grace Lee Boggs, 1915 – 2015

Celebrating the life of the activist and author, who died on the morning of October 5

The following essay by Grace Lee Boggs, which originally appeared in Monthly Review magazine, September 1970, is only a tiny part of her work:

Education: The Great Obsession
Education today is a great obsession. It is also a great necessity. We, all of us, black and white, yellow and brown, young and old, men and women, workers and intellectuals, have a great deal to learn about ourselves and about the rapidly changing world in which we live. We, all of us, are far from having either the wisdom or the skills that are now more than ever required to govern ourselves and to administer things….

Read the entire essay here

Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century: Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-Capitalist Democracy

Blowing the Roof Off the Twenty-First Century reviewed in Marx & Philosophy Review of Books

Consistent with his characteristic jargon-free, readable style, Robert W. McChesney’s new collection, Blowing the Roof off the Twenty-first Century: Media, Politics, and the Struggle for Post-Capitalist Democracy, is a deep yet accessible primer for his decades of work on journalism, politics, and political economy. The volume showcases over a decade of McChesney’s work and provides overviews and additions to some of his most important contributions during the period, including The Death and Life of American Journalism, Digital Disconnect, and Dollarocracy.

Friends of Alice Wheeldon: The Anti-War Activist Accused of Plotting to Kill Lloyd George

JUST RELEASED! New edition of Friends of Alice Wheeldon: The Anti-War Activist Accused of Plotting to Kill Lloyd George

In early 1917, as Britain was bogged down in a war it feared would never end, Alice Wheeldon, her two daughters, and her son were brought to trial and imprisoned for plotting the assassination of Prime Minister Lloyd George, who they believed had betrayed the suffrage movement. In this highly evocative and haunting play, British historian and feminist Sheila Rowbotham illuminates the lives and struggles of those who opposed the war…

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

Wall Street’s Think Tank reviewed in Counterpunch

There are conspiracies! Some are secret and others overt. The most important of them usually have a public and a private aspect. Yet even those with plenty of data in the full light of day are secret in one sense: they are barely known by the general public and mostly ignored by those who are supposed to be telling us what is going on and what makes things happen: scholars, journalists, and pundits. Thus the obscurity of the Council on Foreign Relations. It may surface as a tagline for the wise men and women of NPR and PBS forums, but its workings and impact remain largely unexamined.

Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography

Reconstructing Lenin reviewed in Socialist Review

Rather than the standard chronological approach Krausz outlines Lenin’s politics thematically. After a concise biographical sketch the book highlights the importance of Lenin’s analysis of Russian capitalism in the future development of his politics.

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

Eduardo Galeano’s Open Veins of Latin America reviewed by

It would be an understatement to call Galeano’s stitching together of the South American colonial “project” in Open Veins of Latin America masterful. It is a visionary book that connects the dots between racism, pillaging, capitalism and white Eurocentric patriarchal dominance of peoples and nations. The indigenous populations and people of color have been treated as so much tinder for the fire that heats the homes and replaceable labor that fattens the pocket books of the conquerors.

The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now

Marta Harnecker & Michael Lebowitz with LeftRoots: Linking Practice to Visions of 21st Century Socialism


“We are honored to bring Marta Harnecker and Michael Lebowitz to the United States for a special series of conversations with movement organizers and activists committed to building more powerful people’s movements and a new type of socialist liberation for the twenty-first century…. LeftRoots is bringing these two movement intellectuals to the United States to discuss the power and potential of these ideas in the hopes of finding new ways to strengthen our struggles here in the belly of the beast.”

Find out more about these two upcoming events here!

Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century

The raw material of exploitation: Harry Braverman’s ‘Labor and Monopoly Capital’

Work sucks. Every day, workers go into jobs they hate, whether in a factory, office or on a checkout line. Workers are made to perform menial and demeaning tasks that have already been outlined for them, down to the smallest details, by management. Their job is so simple that anyone can do it. Ultimately, the worker possesses no control at the workplace.

Reconstructing Lenin: An Intellectual Biography

Reconstructing Lenin reviewed by Counterfire

No one seriously concerned with changing the world can avoid Lenin. As Hungarian Marxist Tamás Krausz puts it, ‘the discontented keep running into Lenin’s Marxism at every turn’ (p.316). This, Krausz points out, is above all because Lenin was so central to the Russian Revolution, the first, and up to now most important, anti-capitalist experiment aimed at a stateless society.… Krausz’s book is not an introduction to Lenin, for that you have to look elsewhere.[i] But it is much more than its billing as ‘an intellectual biography’. Krausz has set himself the ambitious task of examining the principles that motivated and guided Lenin and testing how they matched up against reality.

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35% Off August Book of the Month! The Education of Black People by W.E.B. Du Bois

Paperback, 224 pages
ISBN: 1-58367-043-2
Released: January 2010

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In these ten collected essays, Du Bois insistently calls for African Americans to take control their own lives through education – the means to understand both beauty and subversion. Though containing speeches written nearly one-hundred years ago, and on a subject that has seen more stormy debate than almost any other in recent history, The Education of Black People approaches education with a timelessness and timeliness, rooted in classical thought that reflects a remarkably fresh and contemporary relevance. Use the coupon code BOM815 and receive 35% off at check out.

“W.E.B. Du Bois knew that the liberation of his race required liberal education and not vocational training. He knew it because he knew that this was what the liberation of a human being required. Black men heard him in his time. White men should have. Black and white men should hear him now. Herbert Aptheker and the University of Massachusetts Press have performed a service in publishing that most important addresses of one of America’s most significant men.” —Robert Maynard Hutchins, educational philosopher, dean of Yale Law School (1927-1929)

“This book adds another dimension to the activities and works of Doctor Du Bois. Even if one has read everything else that this able scholar has written, he is required to read this volume. New insights are revealed and it is clear that he was committed to what he believed was good for Black people.” —Benjamin Mays,educator, activist, and president of Morehouse College (1940-1967)

Containing a new Foreword by Herbert Aptheker, friend and colleague of Du Bois for many years, and a prolific historian of the African-American experience.

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

Race to Revolution reviewed in Dialectical Anthropology

Among the strengths of Gerald Horne’s Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow is its timing; it arrives at the moment of the first real movement in US–Cuban diplomatic relations since the imposition of the blockade in 1962, and at the beginnings of what some are calling the third major US civil rights movement, in the wake of the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.