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Some recent books for review

  • Barbara Carol Allen
    Alexander Shlyapnikov, 1885-1937: Life of an Old Bolshevik
    Haymarket Books, Chicago, 2016. 426pp. $28 pb
    ISBN 9781608465583
  • Kieran Allen
    1916: Ireland's Revolutionary Tradition
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 232pp. £12.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745336329
  • Charles Andrews
    The Hollow Colossus
    Needle Press, Oakland, CA, 2015. 210pp. $14.95 pb
    ISBN 9780967990545
  • Ian Angus
    A Redder Shade of Green: Intersections of Science and Socialism
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2017. 160pp. $22 pb
    ISBN 9781583676448
  • Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin and A. W Zurbrügg
    Bakunin: Selected Texts 1868-1875
    Merlin, London, 2016. 310pp. £18.99 pb
    ISBN 9780850367225
  • Cathy Bergin
    Bitter with the Past but Sweet with the Dream: Communism in the African American Imaginary Representations of the Communist Party, 1940-1952
    Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2015. 232pp. €99,00 / $128.00 hb
    ISBN 9789004263727
  • Richard J Bernstein
    Ironic Life
    Polity Press, Cambridge and Malden, MA, 2016. 184pp. £15.99 pb
    ISBN 9781509505739
  • David Berry, Ruth Kinna, Saku Pinta, and Alex Prichard (eds)
    Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red
    PM Press, Oakland, CA, 2nd edn, 2017. 368pp. $26.95 pb
    ISBN 9781629633909
  • A. Bogdanov
    The Philosophy of Living Experience: Popular Outlines
    Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2016. 266pp. €126,00 / $163.00 hb
    ISBN 9789004231900
  • David M. Brennan, David Kristjanson-Gural, and Catherine P. Mulder (eds)
    Routledge Handbook of Marxian Economics
    Routledge, New York, 2017. 456pp. £165 hb
    ISBN 9781138774933
  • Howard Brick, Robbie Lieberman, and Paula Rabinowitz (eds)
    Lineages of the Literary Left: Essays in Honor of Alan M. Wald
    University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, 2015. 432pp. £24.45 pb
    ISBN 9781607853459
  • Tobias Ten Brink
    Global Political Economy and the Modern State System.
    Haymarket Books, Chicago, 2015. 272pp. $28 pb
    ISBN 9781608464746
  • Gary K. Browning
    A History of Modern Political Thought: The Question of Interpretation
    Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016. 431pp. £30 pb
    ISBN 9780199682294
  • Verity Burgmann
    Globalization and Labour in the Twenty-First Century
    Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, 2016. 261pp. £90 hb
    ISBN 9780415528535
  • Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson
    The Profit Doctrine: Economists of the Neoliberal Era
    Pluto, London, 2017. 240pp. £17.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745335858
  • Noam Chomsky
    What Kind of Creatures Are We?
    Columbia University Press, New York, 2016. 200pp. $19.95 / £13.95 hb
    ISBN 9780231175968
  • Joseph Choonara
    Reader's Guide to Marx's Capital
    Bookmarks, London, 2017. 160pp. £9.99 pb
    ISBN 9781910885482
  • Frederick C Corney (ed.)
    Trotsky's Challenge: The "Literary Discussion" of 1924 and the Fight for the Bolshevik Revolution
    Brill, Boston, 2015. 848pp. €226,00 / $293.00 hb
    ISBN 9789004217256
  • Colin Cremin
    Totalled: Salvaging the Future from the Wreckage of Capitalism
    Pluto Press, London, 2015. 208pp. £14.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745334370
  • Philip Cunliffe
    Lenin Lives! Reimagining the Russian Revolution 1917-2017
    Zero books, Charlotte, NC, 2017. £9.99 pb
    ISBN 9781785356971
  • Stephen Cushion
    A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution: How the Working Class Shaped the Guerillas' Victory
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2016. 336pp.
    ISBN 9781583675816
  • Joseph Daher
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 304pp. £18.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745336893
  • Benoît Dillet and Tara Puri
    The Political Space of Art: The Dardenne Brothers, Arundhati Roy, Ai Weiwei and Burial
    Rowman & Littlefield International, Lanham, MD, 2016. 138pp. £23.95 pb
    ISBN 9781783485680
  • Pete Dolack
    Its Not Over: Learning from the Socialist Experiment
    Zero Books, Alresford, Hants, 2016. 992pp. £34.99 pb
    ISBN 9781785350498
  • Terry Eagleton
    Yale University Press, New Haven CT, 2016. 176pp. $24 hb
    ISBN 9780300218800
  • Christos Efstathiou
    E.P. Thompson: A Twentieth-Century Romantic
    The Merlin Press Ltd, London, 2015. 260pp. £25 hb
    ISBN 9780850367157
  • Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Elisabeth Schober
    Identity Destabilised: Living in an Overheated World
    Pluto, London, 2016. 272pp. £19.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745399126
  • Neil Faulkner
    People's History of the Russian Revolution
    Pluto, London, 2017. 304pp. £12.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745399034
  • Matt Ffytche and Daniel Pick (eds)
    Psychoanalysis in the Age of Totalitarianism
    Routledge, London and New York, 2016. 287pp. £31.99 pb
    ISBN 9781138793897
  • Dominik Finkelde
    Excessive Subjectivity: Kant, Hegel, Lacan, and the Foundations of Ethics
    Translated by Deva Kemmis and Astrid Weigert, Columbia University Press, New York, 2017. 368pp. $65/£54 hb
    ISBN 9780231173186
  • Paul Flewers and John McIlroy (eds)
    1956: John Saville, E P Thompson and the Reasoner
    Merlin Press, London, 2016. 444pp. £20 pb
    ISBN 9780850367263
  • Christian Fuchs
    Critical Theory of Communication
    University of Westminster Press, London, 2016. 236pp. £18.99 pb; free download
    ISBN 9781911534044
  • Henry A Giroux
    America's Addiction to Terrorism
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2016. 288pp. $20 pb
    ISBN 9781583675700
  • Mike Gonzales
    The Last Drop: The Politics of Water
    Pluto Press, London, 2015. 224pp. £14.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745334912
  • Jeff Halper
    War against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification
    Pluto Press, London, 2015. 352pp. £14.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745334301
  • Owen Hatherley
    The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the Communist Avant-Garde
    Pluto, London, 2016. 240pp. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745336015
  • Robert Heynen
    Degeneration and Revolution
    Brill, Leiden, 2015. 668pp. £141.00 hb
    ISBN 9004276262
  • Srećko Horvat and Igor Štiks (eds)
    Welcome to the Desert of Post-Socialism: Radical Politics after Yugoslavia
    Verso, London and New York, 2015. 280pp. £16.99 / $26.95 pb
    ISBN 9781781686201
  • C. L. R. James
    World Revolution, 1917-1936: The Rise and Fall of the Communist International
    Edited by Christian Høgsbjerg, Duke University Press, Durham, 2017. 544pp. £26.99 pb
    ISBN 9780822363248
  • Simon P James
    Environmental Philosophy: An Introduction
    Polity, Cambridge, UK and Malden, MA, 2015. 240pp. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745645476
  • Kōjin Karatani
    Isonomia and the Origins of Philosophy
    Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 2017. 176pp. £19.99 pb
    ISBN 9780822369134
  • Steve Keen
    Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis?
    Polity, Cambridge and Malden, MA, 2017. 148pp. £9.99 pb
    ISBN 9781509513734
  • Rosine Judith Kelz
    The Non-Sovereign Self, Responsibility, and Otherness: Hannah Arendt, Judith Butler, and Stanley Cavell on Moral Philosophy and Political Agency
    Palgrave Macmillan, London and New York, 2016. 209pp. £70 hb
    ISBN 9781137508966
  • Victor Kiernan
    Lords of Human Kind: European Attitudes to Other Cultures in the Imperial Age.
    Zed Books, London, 2015. 392pp. £12.99 / $18.95 pb
    ISBN 9781783604296
  • Miroslav Krleža
    Harbors Rich in Ships: The Selected Revolutionary Writings of Miroslav Krleza, Radical Luminary of Modern World Literature
    Translated by Željko Cipriš, Monthly Review Press, New York, 2017. 230pp. $29 pb
    ISBN 9781583676486
  • David Laibman
    Passion and Patience: Society, History and Revolutionary Vision
    International Publishers, New York, 2015. 392pp. £18.99 pb
    ISBN 9780717807543
  • Lauren Langman and George N Lundskow
    God, Guns, Gold and Glory: American Character and Its Discontents
    Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2016. 358pp. €165,00 / $198.00 hb
    ISBN 9789004328631
  • David Lapoujade
    Aberrant Movements: The Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze
    Semiotext(e), South Pasadena, CA, 2017. 376pp. £14.95 pb
    ISBN 9781584351955
  • Jim Mac Laughlin
    Kropotkin and the Anarchist Intellectual Tradition
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 320pp. £18.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745335124
  • Alex Law and Eric Royal Lybeck
    Sociological Amnesia: Cross-Currents in Disciplinary History
    Ashgate, Farnham and Burlington, VT, 2015. 228pp. £65 hb
    ISBN 9781472442345
  • Michael A Lebowitz
    The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2015. 224pp. $22 pb
    ISBN 9781583675465
  • Alex Taek-Gwang Lee and Slavoj Zizek (eds)
    The Idea of Communism. Volume 3
    Verso, London and New York, 2016. 288pp. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9781784783945
  • Vladimir Ilʹich Lenin and Slavoj Žižek
    Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through
    Verso, London and Brooklyn, NY, 2017. 272pp. £12.99 pb
    ISBN 9781786631886
  • Spencer A Leonard (ed.)
    The Platypus Review Reader, 2007-2014
    2015. 616pp. $25 pb
    ISBN 9780996206112
  • Petrus Liu
    Queer Marxism in Two Chinas
    Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 2015. 232pp. $23.95 pb
    ISBN 9780822360049
  • Federico Luisetti, John Pickles, and Wilson Kaiser (eds)
    The Anomie of the Earth: Philosophy, Politics, and Autonomy in Europe and the Americas
    Duke University Press, Durham, NC and London, 2015. 260pp. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9780822358930
  • Otto Maduro
    Maps for a Fiesta: A Latina/O Perspective on Knowledge and the Global Crisis
    Eduardo Mendieta, Fordham University Press, New York, 2015. 181pp. £13.99 pb
    ISBN 9780823263059
  • Fred Magdoff and Chris Williams
    Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2017. 387pp. £20 pb
    ISBN 9781583676295
  • Alejandra Mancilla
    The Right of Necessity: Moral Cosmopolitanism and Global Poverty
    Rowman & Littlefield International, Lanham, MD, 2016. 140pp. £19.95 / $29.95 pb
    ISBN 9781783485864
  • Peter Marshall
    William Godwin: Philosopher, Novelist, Revolutionary
    PM Press, Oakland, CA, 2nd edn, 2017. 544pp. $29.95 pb
    ISBN 9781629633862
  • Adam Mayer
    Naija Marxisms: Revolutionary Thought in Nigeria
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 248pp. £17.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745336572
  • Geoffrey McCormack and W. Thom Workman
    The Servant State: Overseeing Capital Accumulation in Canada
    Fernwood Publishing, Black Point, Nova Scotia, 2015. 137pp. $22.95 pb
    ISBN 9781552667835
  • Jim McGuigan
    A Short Counter Revolution: Revisiting Towards 2000
    SAGE Publications Ltd, Thousand Oaks, CA, 2015. 248pp. £24.99 pb
    ISBN 9781446294727
  • Tony McKenna
    The Dictator, the Revolution, the Machine: A Political Account of Joseph Stalin
    Sussex Academic Press, Brighton, 2016. 240pp. £25 pb
    ISBN 9781845198268
  • Todd S Mei
    Land and the Given Economy: The Hermeneutics and Phenomenology of Dwelling
    Northwestern University Press, Evanston, Illinois, 2017. 272pp. $34.95 pb
    ISBN 9780810134065
  • George Monbiot
    How Did We Get into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature
    Verso, London, 2017. 352pp. £9.99 pb
    ISBN 9781786630780
  • Brendan Moran and Carlo Salzani (eds)
    Towards the Critique of Violence
    Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2015. 264pp. £65.00 hb
    ISBN 9781472523242
  • Francis Mulhern
    Figures of Catastrophe: The Condition of Culture Novel
    Verso, London and New York, 2015. £16.99 hb
    ISBN 9781784781910
  • Bill V Mullin
    W E B Du Bois Revolutionary across the Color Line
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 176pp. £12.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745335056
  • Nick Nesbitt (ed.)
    The Concept in Crisis: Reading Capital Today
    Duke University Press, Durham NC, 2017. 328pp. £21.99 pb
    ISBN 9780822369073
  • Immanuel Ness
    Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class
    Pluto, London, 2016. 240pp. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745335995
  • Ron Nixon
    Selling Apartheid
    Pluto Press, Place of publication not identified, 2016. 256pp. £15.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745399140
  • Luiz Bernardo Pericás
    Caio Prado Júnior: Uma Biografia Política
    Boitempo, São Paulo, 2016. 483pp. R$ 63,00 pb
    ISBN 9788575594483
  • Thomas Piketty
    Chronicles: On Our Troubled Times
    Viking, London, 2016. 192pp. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9780241234891
  • Catarina Príncipe and Bhaskar Sunkara (eds)
    Europe in Revolt
    Haymarket Books, Chicago, 2016. 288pp. £11.95 pb
    ISBN 9781608465934
  • Peter Ranis
    Cooperatives Confront Capitalism: Challenging the Neoliberal Economy
    Zed books, London, 2016. 184pp. £18.99 pb
    ISBN 9781783606498
  • Juliane Rebentisch
    The Art of Freedom: On the Dialectics of Democratic Existence
    Polity Press, Cambridge and Malden, MA, English edition edn, 2016. 320pp. £18.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745682136
  • César Rendueles
    Sociophobia: Political Change in the Digital Utopia
    Columbia University Press, New York, 2017. 200pp. £21/$25 pb
    ISBN 9780231175272
  • Lars Rensmann
    The Politics of Unreason: The Frankfurt School and the Origins of Modern Antisemitism
    State University of New York Press, Albany, 2017. 600pp. $95 hb
    ISBN 9781438465937
  • Michael Roberts
    The Long Depression: How It Happened, Why It Happened, and What Happens Next
    Haymarket, Chicago, 2016. 380pp. $19 pb
    ISBN 9781608464685
  • David Rosenberg
    Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London's Radical History
    Pluto Press, London, 2015. 320pp. £9.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745334097
  • Alfred Rosmer
    Lenin's Moscow
    Haymarket, Chicago, 3rd edn, 2016. 288pp. $19.95 pb
    ISBN 9781608466153
  • Frank Ruda
    Abolishing Freedom: A Plea for a Contemporary Use of Fatalism
    University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE and London, 2016. 210pp. £14.99 pb
    ISBN 9780803284371
  • Howard Ryan
    Educational Justice: Teaching and Organizing against the Corporate Juggernaut
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2016. 248pp. $23 pb
    ISBN 9781583676134
  • Manuel Sacristan
    Marxism of Manuel Sacristan: From Communism to the New Social Movements
    Haymarket Books, Chicago, 2015. 311pp. $28 pb
    ISBN 9781608465491
  • Steven Salaita
    Uncivil Rites: Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom
    Haymarket Books, Chicago, 2015. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9781608465774
  • Tiphaine Samoyault
    Barthes: A Biography
    Polity Press, Cambridge and Malden, MA, 2016. £25 hb
    ISBN 9781509505654
  • Frank Scalambrino (ed.)
    Social Epistemology and Technology: Toward Public Self-Awareness Regarding Technological Mediation
    Rowman & Littlefield International, Lanham, MD, 2015. 238pp. £24.95 / $39.95 pb
    ISBN 9781783485338
  • Ingo Schmidt (ed.)
    Three Worlds of Social Democracy: A Global View
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 256pp. £15.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745336084
  • Ingo Schmidt and Carlo Fanelli (eds)
    Reading Capital Today: Marx after 150 Years
    Pluto, London, 2017. 224pp. £18.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745399713
  • David Scott
    Stuart Hall's Voice: Intimations of an Ethics of Receptive Generosity
    Duke University Press, Durham NC, 2017. 200pp. £24.99 hb
    ISBN 9780822363637
  • Victor Serge
    Year One of the Russian Revolution
    Haymarket Books, Chicago, 2015. 456pp. £11.51 pb
    ISBN 9781608462674
  • Helena Sheehan
    The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2017. 247pp. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9781583676257
  • Laurence H. Shoup
    Wall Street's Think Tank: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Empire of Neoliberal Geopolitics, 1976-2014
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2015. 400pp. $34 hb
    ISBN 9781583675519
  • Ayesha Siddiqa
    Military Inc.
    Pluto Press, London, 2nd edn, 2016. 400pp. £17.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745399010
  • Luke Sinwell and Siphiwe Mbatha
    The Spirit of Marikana: The Rise of Insurgent Trade Unionism in South Africa
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 224pp. £19.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745336480
  • Daphne Skillen
    Freedom of Speech in Russia: Politics and Media from Gorbachev to Putin.
    Taylor & Francis, London, 2017. 364pp. £26.99 pb
    ISBN 9781138743267
  • Sharon Smith
    Women and Socialism: Class, Race, and Capital
    Haymarket, Chicago, Revised and Updated edn, 2015. 150pp. $16.00 pb
    ISBN 9781608461806
  • Bernard Stiegler
    Automatic Society, Volume 1. The Future of Work
    Polity Press, Cambridge, UK and Malden, MA, 2016. 280pp. £17.99 pb
    ISBN 9781509506316
  • Brigitte Studer
    The Transnational World of the Cominternians
    Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 2015. 227pp. £60.00 / $90.00 hb
    ISBN 9781137510280
  • Luis Suarez-Villa
    Corporate Power, Oligopolies, and the Crisis of the State
    State University of New York Press, Albany, 2015. 378pp. $100 hb
    ISBN 9781438454856
  • Göran Therborn
    Cities of Power: The Urban, the National, the Popular and the Global
    Verso, London and New York, 2017. 408pp. $35.00 / £20.00 hb
    ISBN 9781784785444
  • Willie Thompson
    Work, Sex and Power the Forces That Shaped Our History.
    Pluto Press, London, 2015. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745333403
  • Mikkel Thorup
    Pro Bono?
    Zero Books, Alresford, Hants, 2015. 100pp. £9.99 pb
    ISBN 9781782798675
  • Enzo Traverso
    The End of Jewish Modernity
    Pluto, London, 2016. 176pp. £14.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745336664
  • Yanis Varoufakis
    And the Weak Suffer What They Must?
    Bodley Head, London, 2016. 336pp. £16.99 hb
    ISBN 9781847924032
  • Gavin Walker
    The Sublime Perversion of Capital: Marxist Theory and the Politics of History in Modern Japan
    Duke University Press, Durham NC, 2016. 264pp. £17.99 pb
    ISBN 9780822361602
  • McKenzie Wark
    General Intellects: Twenty-One Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century
    Verso Books, New York, 2017. 336pp. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9781786631909
  • Mark Weisbrot
    Failed: What the "Experts" Got Wrong About the Global Economy
    Oxford University Press, New York, 2015. 312pp. $24.95 pb
    ISBN 9780195170184
  • Richard Westra
    Exit from Globalization
    Routledge, Abingdon and New York, 2015. 203pp. £95 hb
    ISBN 9780415835343
  • Richard D Wolff
    Capitalism's Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown 2010-2014
    Haymarket, Chicago, 2016. 223pp. $18.95 pb
    ISBN 9781608465958
  • Jamie Woodcock
    Working the Phones
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 208pp. £17.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745399065
  • Kaveh Yazdani
    India, Modernity and the Great Divergence: Mysore and Gujarat (17th to 19th C.)
    Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2017. 669pp. €205,00 / $246.00 hb
    ISBN 9789004330788
  • James Young
    Union Power: The United Electrical Workers in Erie, Pennsylvania
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2017. 264pp. $24.95 pb
    ISBN 9781583676172
  • Slavoj Žižek
    The Courage of Hopelessness: Chronicles of a Year of Acting Dangerously
    Allen Lane, London, 2017. 336pp. £16.99 hb
    ISBN 9780241305577
  • Mariano Zukerfeld
    Knowledge in the Age of Digital Capitalism: An Introduction to Cognitive Materialism
    Translated by Suzanna Wylie, University of Westminster Press, London, 2016. 272pp. £20.99 pb; free download
    ISBN 9781911534242
Updated 20 April 2018.