Arts & Entertainment


A book of considerable consequence: "Chasing the Scream"

"Why did the drug war start and why does it continue and what happens if you choose a radically different policy?"


“Lincoln for Beginners”: illustrated biography of a gradualist radical

Whole libraries are dedicated to the study of Lincoln; Buhle's synopsis, reflecting all the warts and charm of his subject, might a good place to begin.


"Gendering Radicalism" tells important story of women and communism

We can't write about the California Communist Party without writing about the women leaders who led it from its birth until the collapse of the Soviet Union.


Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me” is electrifying

One of the great writers of our time commits to taking ownership of his personalized narrative on race, a quest that is subject to continuing revision.


More than a review: The importance of "Jimmie Higgins" work underlined

"He was not one of the speakers, of course - he would have been terrified at the idea of making a speech; but he was one of those whose labor made the speaking possible."


Review: how corporate America invented Christian America

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."


"Death in the Congo" highlights obscure subject: African liberation

"Death in the Congo" is an important book because it fills a void, but it could have illuminated more.


"One of Us": Murder mystery in coal mining town

O'Dell's observations about life in the contemporary coal region from a historical perspective are dead-on accurate.


"The Production of Difference" examines worker division via racism

Examining "race management" during slavery, Western expansion, and early 20th century industrial production.


"Hitler's Rival": Book shines spotlight on Ernst Thalmann

While this book isn't a history of Nazi Germany or of the GDR, it does provide a historical glimpse into both societies.

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