Thursday April 17th, 2014

Books

Books from MR press

The Formation of the Economic Thought of Karl Marx

The Formation of the Economic Thought of Karl Marx

In this book, Mandel discusses the development of Marx’s economic ideas from their beginnings to the completion of the Grundrisse. He combines a historical retrospective and a review of current discussions on each of the subjects and problems central to Marxist economic theory. He traces the development of the concept of “alienation” in Marx, and its fate in the hands of succeeding generations, down to the present discussion in East and West Europe, summarizes the fascinating debates over the “Asiatic mode of production,” and discusses labor theory of value, the problem of periodic crises, the theory of wages and the polarization of wealth and poverty, and the problem of progressive “disalienation” through the building of socialist society.… | more |

Studies and Further Studies in a Dying Culture

Studies and Further Studies in a Dying Culture

Volumes 1 and 2

In 1938, a year after his death in Spain at the age of thirty, Christopher Caudwell’s Studies in a Dying Culture was published, to be followed eleven years later by a second volume, Further Studies in a Dying Culture. This volume makes available both important works by one of the foremost Marxist critics of the thirties.… | more |

History of the Upper Guinea Coast

History of the Upper Guinea Coast

1545–1800

Walter Rodney is revered throughout the Caribbean as a teacher, a hero, and a martyr. This book remains the foremost work on the region.… | more |

Europe vs. America

Europe vs. America

Contradictions of Imperialism

The focus of this book is the emerging economic confrontation between European and U.S. capitalism at the end of the “golden age” of capitalism in the late 1960s. Ernest Mandel here paints a remarkably clear, comprehensive, and detailed portrait of trends at that critical period. Mandel moves with ease from the most general international problems to the specifics of corporate activity, and few developments in the business and economic worlds seem to have escaped his attention.… | more |

Anarchism: From Theory to Practice

Anarchism: From Theory to Practice

“One of the ablest leaders and writers of the French New Left describes the two realms of ‘anarchism’?its intellectual substance, and its actual practice through the Bolshevik Revolution, the Spanish Civil War, the Italian Factory Councils, and finally the role in workers’ self-management in Yugoslavia and Algeria… An important contemporary definition of New Left aims and their possible directions in the future.” — Publishers Weekly … | more |

The Age of Imperialism

The Age of Imperialism

The Economics of U.S. Foreign Policy

Magdoff’s analysis is the foundation upon which the work of an entire tradition of Monthly Review authors rests.… | more |

A Survey of Chemical and Biological Warfare

A Survey of Chemical and Biological Warfare

An in-depth analysis of nearly all chemical and biological weapons, their effects, and the politics surrounding their deployment.… | more |

Latin America: Underdevelopment or Revolution

Latin America: Underdevelopment or Revolution

In his second book, Andre Gunder Frank expands on the theme presented in his influential study Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America. It is the colonial structure of world capitalism, in his view, which produced and maintains the underdevelopment characteristic of Latin America and the rest of the Third World. This colonial structure penetrates everywhere in Latin America, forming and transforming all its features in obedience to its own imperatives and thereby imposing upon the region those characteristic features of poverty and backwardness which are not primarily the remnants of an ancient “feudal” past but the direct products of capitalism. This development of underdevelopment will persist, therefore, until the people of Latin America free themselves from world capitalism by means of revolution. The Cuban Revolution is thus viewed as the first effort in a continent-wide revolutionary process direct against both imperialism and the national bourgeoisie.… | more |

Growth of the Modern West Indies

Growth of the Modern West Indies

Analyzes West Indian society in detail from the First World War through the 1960s.… | more |

Introduction to Socialism

Introduction to Socialism

This introduction to socialist thought is by two men perhaps better qualified than any other Americans to have written it. Leo Huberman and Paul Sweezy, founding editors and publishers of the independent socialist magazine Monthly Review, built an impressive reputation as keen observers, acute analysts, and lucid writers on the world and domestic scenes. In this book, they present in clear and direct language the basic elements of the socialist critique of capitalist society.… | more |

Theory of Economic Dynamics

Theory of Economic Dynamics

An Essay on Cyclical and Long-Run Changes in Capitalist Economy

In his Essays in the Theory of Business Cycle published in Polish in 1933, Kalecki clearly stated the principle of effective demand in mathematical form. By 1935 he outlined his theory of employment, demolished the then-orthodox remedy for a depression — that is, wage cutting — and pinpointed the importance of investment for economic dynamics.… | more |