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“Riveting… Should be required reading” — ALWAYS RED featured as one of The Guardian’s best politics books of 2021

December 3, 2021
"It’s that eye for a deal that makes Always Red, [Len] McCluskey’s own juicy, take-no-prisoners memoir, so riveting. The former Unite leader has a reasonable claim to be the architect of Corbynism, having supported the rule changes under Ed Miliband that later helped the left break through in a leadership election, and then supplied funding, staff and strategic nous to an inexperienced Corbyn operation... The final chapter on how unions can best exert leverage should be required reading for anyone in politics (or business)."
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“Accessible and alarming… Offers some much-needed context on our current circumstances” — THE MONSTER ENTERS recommended by The Oberlin Review

December 3, 2021
"Activist and author Mike Davis revisits his earlier book The Monster at Our Door to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in his 2020 book The Monster Enters. Davis writes an accessible and alarming account of the incidents that lead up to the COVID-19 pandemic, namely the series of zoonotic influenza outbreaks that have occurred in the last 20 years. This read is not for the faint of heart; Davis shares an unspoken history of assisted disease evolution and sheds light on the disturbing and often lethal consequences of global capitalism, but his book offers some much-needed context on our current circumstances."
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“An entire generation of writers is being sacrificed” — THE DEEP END author Jason Boog interviewed by Chris Hedges on On Contact

December 3, 2021

“Enjoyably bitchy” — ALWAYS RED named one of the best political books of 2021 by The Times

December 3, 2021
"This breezy and evocative autobiography, an enjoyably bitchy journey from Sixties Liverpool to the Corbyn years, may surprise even Red Len's most bitter detractors. As a first-hand account of Corbynism it is unlikely to be beaten."
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“The peculiar pathology of the rich and our oligarchic state” — RICH PEOPLE THINGS author Chris Lehmann interviewed by Chris Hedges on On Contact

November 26, 2021

“Glen Ford Carves Up the American Empire” — THE BLACK AGENDA reviewed by CounterPunch

November 25, 2021
"[The Black Agenda] is a lively book, full of thought-inspiring data and polemic.  And it’s sure to goad intellectually broadminded readers into adding Black Agenda Report to their regular political parsings."
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“The life of a successful coast-to-coast black drug dealer in Donald Trump’s America” — Matt Taibbi interviewed about THE BUSINESS SECRETS OF DRUG DEALING on On Contact

November 21, 2021

“Very entertaining... The points these stories make hold true today as much as they did [ten years ago]” — WELCOME TO THE GREENHOUSE reviewed in SFcrowsnest

November 17, 2021
"Welcome To The Greenhouse is an anthology edited by Gordon Van Gelder. He asked 16 writers ‘who speculate about the future to consider the subject of climate change’ back in 2011... The points these stories make hold true today as much as they did then, which in itself says something about the global progress on climate change."
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“No one is going to protect workers but workers themselves” — ALWAYS RED excerpt published in Tribune

November 17, 2021
"Trade unions should always be embedded in our communities because we remain a vital part of society. As long as bosses can make more money by paying their employees less, or by sacking easily and then hiring cheaply, or by cutting corners on safety, then trade unions will need to exist. No one has come up with a better method of levelling the playing field at work. The obstacles facing us today may seem formidable, but they are far less imposing than those overcome by the first workers to band together more than two centuries ago. Our forerunners had to fight and sometimes die for the right to form unions. They did so because no one is going to protect workers but workers themselves. I believe the ‘fighting back’ culture of Unite is true to that history, and I hope it will stand as an example for the trade unionism of the future."
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“An outspoken writer when it comes to the defense of human rights” — THE COMPENSATION BUREAU author Ariel Dorfman interviewed on On The Margin

November 11, 2021
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“War, News and Chaos in the Middle East” — WAR IN THE AGE OF TRUMP author Patrick Cockburn interviewed on On Contact

October 30, 2021

“[This] account of Corbynism ... is one of the most politically astute to date” — ALWAYS RED reviewed by New Left Review

October 29, 2021
"‘Everything we do as citizens is determined by politics; and therefore everything unions do is determined by politics’, Len McCluskey wrote in his first book, a tract on trade unionism published shortly after the 2019 UK general election. Some eighteen months later, in her victorious election manifesto to succeed him as general secretary of Unite the Union, Sharon Graham declared that ‘the politics has failed.’ Her campaign insisted on the failure of Unite’s political project within the Labour Party. Any judgement of McCluskey’s record would seem to rest on what one makes of that indictment. As if to prove this point, McCluskey’s memoir, Always Red, released last month to coincide with the end of his decade-long tenure at the helm of Britain’s most formidable trade union, is dominated by a 180-page narration of his involvement in Westminster politics since 2011. The account of Corbynism therein is one of the most politically astute to date – no surprise given the editorial involvement of Alex Nunns, one of Corbyn’s most impressive former staffers and a historian of the project’s early stages. When McCluskey began work as a planman on Liverpool’s docks in 1968, post-war trade union power was at its height. ‘You join the union here, son’ was the greeting at the dockland gate. McCluskey’s arrival as a 19-year-old member of the Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) came the same year as the election of International Brigadier Jack Jones as its general secretary, and through the early 1970s the union ‘reached the apogee of its influence on British life’, according to Andrew Murray, McCluskey’s chief of staff and official chronicler of the union’s history. By 1969, the T&G had 1.5 million members. It added 250,000 more in the following three years and hit the 2 million landmark in 1977. At this summit it was, in Murray’s telling, ‘the most powerful democratic working-class organisation in Britain’s history.’ Virtually all of McCluskey’s formative experiences, fondly recounted in the book, were in this ‘heroic period; a time when class solidarity…was something we lived and breathed.’"
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“Reissued – And Relevant as Ever” — RELUCTANT REFORMERS reviewed by Organizing Upgrade

October 27, 2021
"Robert L. Allen and Chude Pamela Allen wrote the book on the destructive and corrupting impact of racist ideology on U.S. social movements. Their recently re-issued Reluctant Reformers remains as timely now as when it was first published 47 years ago. The book takes readers through a sweeping survey of major U.S. social movements – beginning with abolition and marching through the Populist, Progressive, women’s suffrage, labor, socialist and communist movements. An epilogue added in 1983 looks at the burst of radical activism that flourished in the long sixties. In each case, Reluctant Reformers details the ways that racist ideology shaped and ultimately corrupted white-dominated collective efforts at social reform."
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“Fascinating on many levels… A surreal apocalypse fantasy” — Ariel Dorfman interviewed about THE COMPENSATION BUREAU on HARDtalk

October 26, 2021
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“On The Coming Apocalypse” — THE COMPENSATION BUREAU author Ariel Dorfman interviewed on Letters and Politics

October 26, 2021

“A brilliant sketch of a fantastical parable” — Ariel Dorfman’s THE COMPENSATION BUREAU reviewed by PopMatters

October 26, 2021
"A firsthand witness to the 1973 execution of the Chilean vision to a kinder world, Dorfman has pondered the nature of human brutality and the nature of true justice throughout a long and distinguished career. The country’s victims and victimizers coexisted in the country (and sometimes even within the same person), and this tension has lessons with relevance far beyond its borders. Dorfman has been instrumental in demonstrating the universality of Chile’s plight... Bearing witness for decades has undoubtedly led to some compassionate fatigue along the way. By taking a step out of this world, Dorfman finds new reasons for hope. The Compensation Bureau is an abstract, late-career addition to a notable body of work."
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“An intriguing exploration of our species on the brink” — Ariel Dorfman’s THE COMPENSATION BUREAU reviewed by Morning Star

October 18, 2021
"As world crises accumulate daily and mankind’s political leaders appear incapable of understanding let alone acting to work together for species survival, The Compensation Bureau reads as anything but a fanciful entertainment."
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“American Machiavellian: The Rise and Fall of Andrew Cuomo” — THE PRINCE author Ross Barkan interviewed by Current Affairs

October 15, 2021
"Ross Barkan, author of The Prince: Andrew Cuomo, Coronavirus, and the Fall of New York, joins Nathan to discuss the career of the infamous ex-New York governor... Ross' book is an important document of the lies and manipulation of one of our time's shadiest state leaders. It offers an important case study in how centrists govern and the kind of politics we need to overthrow. "
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“Chile is Taking the Final Steps of Dismantling Dictatorship” — THE COMPENSATION BUREAU author Ariel Dorfman writes for CounterPunch

October 14, 2021
"It is the mobilization today of young people... from Hong-Kong to Belarus and Nicaragua, from Iran and Sudan to Honduras and Colombia, that give us hope that the world can be a better place. This is particularly so in Chile... because today, inside the building in Santiago that once housed the Chilean Congress, a Constitutional Convention has assembled, with the express purpose of writing a new Constitution that will replace the one that Pinochet fraudulently pushed through in 1980... The Convention is discussing how to inscribe in the new Magna Carta a series of rights, all of them so central to the struggles in Chile, in the United States, in the whole world: water and ecological rights, LGBTQ rights, health care and education and pensions that are meant to lift the majority and not enrich a small group of profiteers, the establishment of a pluri-national, multilingual republic, the end to police brutality, especially against the young, because it is always the young who get beaten and always the young who rise and rebel."
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“Seven books for understanding and changing the world” — BETWEEN CATASTROPHE AND REVOLUTION recommended by Climate and Capitalism

October 14, 2021
"For decades, Mike Davis has been the very model of an activist-scholar — a powerful chronicler, historian and analyst of catastrophe and revolution, of the complex dialectic between nature and society. The contributors to this volume build on and extend his work, refusing outdated political models and rejecting narratives of resignation."
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