Books – Monthly Review https://monthlyreview.org An Independent Socialist Magazine Wed, 23 Nov 2022 20:48:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Washington’s New Cold War: A Socialist Perspective https://monthlyreview.org/product/waging-a-new-cold-war/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=waging-a-new-cold-war Tue, 15 Nov 2022 22:44:56 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/?post_type=product&p=186836

As the American people delude themselves once more into thinking of the United States as a liberating force for peace in the world, Waging a New Cold War invites us, instead, to think for ourselves. Behind the scenes the plans to wage war have been laid—either by proxy, as in Ukraine, or directly, against the U.S.’s old twentieth-century foes. Waging a New Cold War: A Socialist Perspective makes a strong case that, as the official story is laid out by government propagandists, and as the mainstream media provides cover, the aim of this latest set of American military escapades remains the same as ever: Maintenance of U.S hegemony in the global financial system. Foregrounded with an introduction by Vijay Prashad, this cogent collaboration puts forth three essays that illustrate clearly that, while the Cold War against the Soviet Union ended, the “cold war” against the “enemies” of the United States did not. Furthermore, its authors lay out evidence that the U.S. establishment has been willing to risk nuclear winter—in other words, mutual annihilation—to hold onto economic primacy. And they show that, while Russia and China can each be criticized, justifiably, for their violations of human life and dignity, neither, on its own, threatens the eruption of a Third World War and the end of the human race as we know it. Just in time, we have in our hands an intelligent text that strengthens our struggle against the cynical machinations of the American military behemoth and its propaganda machine. | more…

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!Brigadistas! An American Anti-Fascist in the Spanish Civil War https://monthlyreview.org/product/brigadistas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=brigadistas Tue, 20 Sep 2022 17:21:43 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/product/brigadistas-an-american-anti-fascist-in-the-spanish-civil-war/

In this exhilarating graphic novel about the Spanish Civil War, three American friends set off from Brooklyn to join in the fightdetermined to make Spain “the tomb of fascism” for the sake of us all. Together they defy the U.S. government and join the legendary Abraham Lincoln Brigade, throw themselves into battle, and conduct sabotage missions behind enemy lines. As Spain is shattered by the savagery of combat during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), readers see the darkening clouds of the World War to come. | more…

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Capitalism in the Anthropocene: Ecological Ruin or Ecological Revolution https://monthlyreview.org/product/capitalism-in-the-anthropocene/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=capitalism-in-the-anthropocene Wed, 24 Aug 2022 17:21:52 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/product/capitalism-in-the-anthropocene-ecological-ruin-or-ecological-revolution/

Over the last 11,700 years, during which human civilization developed, the earth has existed within what geologists refer to as the Holocene Epoch. Now science is telling us that the Holocene Epoch in the geological time scale ended, replaced by a new more dangerous Anthropocene Epoch, which began around 1950. The onset of the Anthropocene Epoch is characterized by an “anthropogenic rift” in the biological cycles of the Earth System, marking a changed reality in which human activities are now the main geological force impacting the earth as a whole, generating at the same time an existential crisis for the world’s population. | more…

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The Fault in Our SARS: COVID-19 in the Biden Era https://monthlyreview.org/product/the-fault-in-our-sars/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-fault-in-our-sars Tue, 02 Aug 2022 20:27:43 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/product/the-fault-in-our-sars-covid-19-in-the-biden-era/

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The Trump administration’s neglect and incompetence helped put half-a-million Americans in the ground, dead from COVID-19. Joe Biden was elected president in part on the promise of setting us on a science-driven course correction, but, a little more than a year later, another half-a-million Americans were killed by the virus. What happened? In The Fault in Our SARS, evolutionary epidemiologist Rob Wallace catalogs the Biden administration’s failures in controlling the outbreak. He also shows that, beyond matters of specific political persona or party, it was a decades-long structural decline associated with putting profits ahead of people that gutted U.S. public health.

COVID-19]]> Endless Holocausts: Mass Death in the History of the United States Empire https://monthlyreview.org/product/endless-holocausts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=endless-holocausts Tue, 02 Aug 2022 20:27:41 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/product/endless-holocausts-mass-death-in-the-history-of-the-united-states-empire/

In Endless Holocausts author David Michael Smith demolishes the myth of exceptionalism by demonstrating that manifold forms of mass death, far from being unfortunate exceptions to an otherwise benign historical record, have been indispensable in the rise of the wealthiest and most powerful imperium in the history of the world. At the same time, Smith points to an extraordinary history of resistance by Indigenous peoples, people of African descent, people in other nations brutalized by U.S. imperialism, workers, and democratic-minded people around the world determined to fight for common dignity and the sake of the greater good. | more…

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Capitalism and Power: Socialist Register 2023 https://monthlyreview.org/product/capitalism-and-power/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=capitalism-and-power Tue, 02 Aug 2022 20:27:39 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/product/capitalism-and-power-socialist-register-2023/

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The 59th annual volume of the Socialist Register examines the growth of corporate power and other important organizational trends in global capitalism. Rejecting such notions as “stakeholder capitalism,” it reviews the organization and strategies of unions and the left as it searches for new routes to socialism.

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Every year the Socialist Register pushes the envelope on theory and the state of struggles on particular themes. Drawing upon the most knowledgeable and brilliant scholars on the left, the cumulative effect is to produce an encyclopedia of theory and practice for everyone who wants to]]> The Dialectics of Dependency: Ruy Mauro Marini https://monthlyreview.org/product/the-dialectics-of-dependency/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-dialectics-of-dependency Tue, 02 Aug 2022 20:27:36 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/product/the-dialectics-of-dependency-ruy-mauro-marini/

WINNER, PAUL A. BARAN – PAUL M. SWEEZY MEMORIAL AWARD

Considered one of the most important intellectuals in Latin American social thought, Ruy Mauro Marini demonstrated that underdevelopment and development are the result of relations between economies in the world market, and the class relations they engender.  In The Dialectics of Dependency, the Brazilian sociologist and revolutionary showed that, as Latin America came to specialize in the production of raw materials and foodstuffs while importing manufactured goods, a process of unequal exchange took shape that created a transfer of value to the imperialist centers. This encouraged capitalists in the periphery to resort to the superexploitation of workers]]> How the Workers’ Parliaments Saved the Cuban Revolution: Reviving Socialism after the Collapse of the Soviet Union https://monthlyreview.org/product/how-the-workers-parliaments-saved-the-cuban-revolution/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-the-workers-parliaments-saved-the-cuban-revolution Tue, 02 Aug 2022 20:27:31 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/product/how-the-workers-parliaments-saved-the-cuban-revolution-reviving-socialism-after-the-collapse-of-the-soviet-union/

How the Workers’ Parliaments Saved the Cuban Revolution brings us to the heart of one of the most precarious and transformational moments in Cuba’s evolution. As the Soviet Union fell to pieces in the 1990s, Cuba managed to evade the fate of its primary trading ally. How was this possible, especially as Cuba endured relentless attacks from the capitalist behemoth directly to its north? | more…

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Finally, and for the first time, we have full access to a representative collection of Anne Braden’s writings, speeches, and letters, and the full spectrum of their subject matter: from the relationship between race and capitalism, to the role of the South in American society, to the function of anti-communism. | more…

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Work Work Work: Labor, Alienation, and Class Struggle https://monthlyreview.org/product/work-work-work/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=work-work-work Tue, 14 Jun 2022 16:21:45 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/product/work-work-work-labor-alienation-and-class-struggle/

For most economists, labor is simply a commodity, bought and sold in markets like any other – and what happens after that is not their concern. Individual prospective workers offer their services to individual employers, each acting solely out of self-interest and facing each other as equals. The forces of demand and supply operate so that there is neither a shortage nor a surplus of labor, and, in theory, workers and bosses achieve their respective ends. Michael D. Yates, in Work Work Work: Labor, Alienation, and Class Struggle, offers a vastly different take on the nature of the labor market. | more…

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Radek: A Novel https://monthlyreview.org/product/radek/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=radek Thu, 02 Jun 2022 15:21:36 +0000 https://monthlyreview.org/product/radek-a-novel/

Through this dramatic history by Stefan Heym, we become intimate with the story of the maverick and internationalist Karl Radek, known as the editor of the newspaper of record throughout the Soviet era, Isvestia. Beginning as Lenin’s companion at the dawning of the October Revolution, Radek later became Stalin’s favorite intellectual – only to find himself entangled in the great purges of the late 1930s and scripting his own trial. In this, his last historical novel, Heym reveals Radek as a brilliant Bolshevik journalist and politician who found himself at every turn of the wheel of fate. | more…

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