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Can the Working Class Change the World? reviewed by Left Horizons

Can the Working Class Change the World?
218 pp, $19 pbk, ISBN 978-1-58367-710-0
Michael D. Yates

Reviewed by Ed Doveton

“As the world burned this summer, as millions starve or go short of food around the globe, and as the quality of life for the majority of the population in the western countries tumbles and staggers, asking how we can change things for the better becomes an increasingly critical question. ¶ In his new book, Can the Working Class Change the World?, Michael D. Yates offers readers an accessible and clear discussion on the politics of our times….”

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