Book Reviews

The Return of Depression Economics – Paul Krugman

January 21, 2024
Krugman lays bare the 2008 financial crisis—the greatest since the 1930s—tracing it to the failure of regulation to keep pace with an out-of-control financial system. He also tells us how to contain the crisis and turn around a world economy sliding into a deep recession.

España – Giles Tremlett

January 13, 2024
In España, Giles Tremlett swiftly traces every stretch of Spain's history to argue that a lack of a homogenous identity is Spain's defining trait.

The Truth About Modern Slavery – Emily Kenway

January 4, 2024
The Truth About Modern Slavery reveals how modern slavery has been created as a political tool by those in power. It shows how anti-slavery action acts as a moral cloak, hiding the harms of the ‘hostile environment’ towards migrants, legitimising big brands’ exploitation of the poorest workers and oppressing sex

Plagues and Peoples – William H. McNeill

April 26, 2020
Plagues and Peoples, William H. McNeill, Anchor Books Doubleday, 1977, pp. 365, ISBN 0-385-12122-9 Professor William McNeill’s career spanned the latter half of the 20th century and was devoted to macrohistorical explanations of change. He is most widely known for his work The Rise of the West in which he

Infections and Inequalities – Paul Farmer

April 25, 2020
Infection and Inequalities: the Modern Plague, Paul Farmer, University of California Press, 2001, pp. 375, ISBN: 9780520229136 In 2018, a total of 1.5 million people died of tuberculosis in the world, with a further 10 million who fell ill with the infection. Accounting for two-thirds of the total number of

In the Red Corner – Mike Gonzalez

January 12, 2020
The biography of one of Latin America's leading Marxist thinkers whose works are largely unknown to the English-speaking world. Mariategui's Marxism offers insightful analysis of the effects of colonialism on Latin America and the role of indigenous people and united fronts in overcoming capitalism.

Monopoly Capital – Baran and Sweezy

January 10, 2020
The main unit under monopolistic capitalism is the giant corporation. The book describes how contradictions arise in this system and how they are resolved and the effect they have on the society at large.

Tear Gas – Anna Feigenbaum

January 7, 2020
Dr. Feigenbaum traces the incorporation of tear gas into the modern day strategy of crowd control, its historical transformation from a barbaric chemical weapon to a weapon of choice and the role of corporations in this process.

The Green New Deal – Jeremy Rifkin

January 7, 2020
Rifkin outlines a pro-market and growth oriented plan for the transition to a green economy in the US. For Rifkin, the harbingers of hope are to be found in the business community.
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