Some Books for the Gift-giving Season: Movement Mystery Fiction

Some books for the gift-giving season: Movement Mystery Fiction Thumbnail Reviews by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. httpss://ara-la.tumblr. com/post/180634834090/some-books-for-the-gift-giving-season The Man Who Fell From the Sky by Bill Fletcher Jr., 2018, Hardball Press, Brooklyn NY, 339 pp., ISBN 978-0-99913-584-6, $20. This period murder mystery by a leader of the left and labor movements features the lives of Cape Verdean migrants to the US in the US, particularly the Cape Cod area, and [...]

More Books for the Gift-giving Season: Graphics

More books for the gift-giving season: Graphics Thumbnail Reviews by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. To Protect & Serve? Five Decades of Posters Protesting Police Violence/Proteger y Servir? Cinco decadas de carteles protestando la violencia policial by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, 2018, CSPG, Culver City CA, $20. This bilingual, profusely illustrated volume is the catalog of an exhibited mounted by the Center earlier this year from its extensive [...]

Yet more books for the gift-giving season: Political Theory

Yet more books for the gift-giving season: Political Theory Thumbnail Reviews by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action L.A. Red-Green Revolution: The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism by Victor Wallis, 2018, Political Animal Press, Toronto/Chicago. 211pp. including index. ISBN 978-1-895131-29-1, $20. Described as "the definitive work on ecosocialism" by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, this book addresses not only the environmental crisis, but a socialist approach to natural science and technology, as well as the need [...]

Maroon Comix

Maroon Comix: Origins and Destinies Conceived, compiled and coordinated by Quincy Saul, illustrated by Songe Riddle, Mac McGill, Seth Tobocman, Hannah Allen, Emmy Kepler and Mikaela Gonzalez, with selections primarily from the writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz. ISBN: 978-1-62963-571-2; $15.95 from PM Press, PO Box 23912, Oakland CA 94623, www.pmpress.org. www.ecosocialisthorizons.com; prefiguration@gmail.com Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA httpss://ara-la.tumblr.com/post/175938515960/maroon-comix-origins-and-destinies This fascinating book, based primarily on the writings of political prisoner Russell [...]

MURDER INCORPORATED: empire/genocide/manifest destiny – Book Review

MURDER INCORPORATED: empire\genocide\manifest destiny|Dreaming of Empire (Book One) by Mumia Abu-Jamal and Stephen Vittoria; foreword by Chris Hedges published 2018, Prison Radio, San Francisco CA © Street Legal Cinema, Stephen Vittoria, Mumia Abu-Jamal. ISBN 978-0-9989600-0-5 $20 from prisonradio.org streetlegalcinema.com (Coming Soon: Book Two: America's Favorite Pastime (war, intervention and the military-industrial complex); Book Three: Perfecting Tyranny (mass surveillance, manufacturing consent, SCOTUS: the Imperial Court & the delusion of a post-racial America). Reviewed [...]

Wielding Words Like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995-2005

Wielding Words Like Weapons Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995-2005 by Ward Churchill (PM Press, Oakland CA, 2017) ISBN 978-1-62963-101-1, $27.95 Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA This new volume of essays by the noted Indigenous activist and scholar Ward Churchill is, as he noted in his own introduction, about a decade overdue because of  the reactionary and racist attacks on the author and his work when right wing media and academic and [...]

“The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government” by David Talbott

Reviewed by Jeffrey Hirsch "Fundamentally, the founding fathers of US intelligence were liars." This is a quote from James Jesus Angleton, one of the great eminences of the CIA on his death bed (p. 620). How they told their lies, to whom, and why are the subjects of this great boo, which incidentally reads like a very good novel. The "why" is simple -- to make the world safe for the profits [...]

By |2016-05-07T01:09:36-05:00May 7th, 2016|Book Reviews, Jeffrey Hirsch|0 Comments

“WHEN WE FIGHT WE WIN!”

Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That Are Transforming Our World by Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte. NY/London, The New Press, 2016. $17.95 Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA      This inspiring book looks at the growing social movements of resistance and solidarity of the second decade of the 21st Century, grassroots efforts struggling for social change from below, to make the case for its title. Like the movements it reports on and [...]

By |2016-05-07T01:08:56-05:00May 7th, 2016|Book Reviews, Michael Novick|0 Comments

“The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI” by Betty Medsger

Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA March 8 marks the 44th anniversary of the break-in and burglary at the FBI office in Media PA that eventually exposed COINTELPRO, the FBI's secret illegal program against dissidents, especially the Black Panther Party, which FBI Director  J. Edgar Hoover proclaimed the #1 threat against US internal security. As "The Burglary" makes clear, COINTELPRO was the tip of a much larger body of FBI surveillance, infiltration [...]

By |2015-03-02T03:56:27-05:00March 2nd, 2015|Book Reviews, Michael Novick|0 Comments

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Beacon Press/ReVisioning American History, Boston, 2014) Reviewed by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA In a short, thorough survey of U.S. history from settlement and conquest to current crises, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz pulls on the thread that unravels the tapestry of lies in most US "histories," whether academic, popular, or progressive. She views that history from the perspective of the indigenous peoples whose land was taken by, and whose resistance impeded and [...]

By |2014-12-31T14:52:36-05:00December 31st, 2014|Book Reviews, Michael Novick|0 Comments

The Untold History of the U.S.

by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster,  NY, 2012 Reviewed by Jeffrey Hirsch This is the finest book on recent US history I've ever read. Written by filmmaker Oliver Stone and Prof. Peter Kuznick, of American University in DC, this 800-page book dots the i's, crosses the t's, and amplifies many of the critical events of US history where Howard Zinn's Peoples History of the United States left [...]

By |2016-10-07T01:42:57-05:00December 1st, 2014|Book Reviews, Jeffrey Hirsch|0 Comments
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