Anatomy of a Revolution, The
The Anatomy of Revolution is a book by Crane Brinton outlining the “uniformities” of four major political revolutions: the English Revolution of the 1640s, the American, the French, and 1917 Russian Revolution. Brinton notes how the revolutions followed a life-cycle from the Old Order to a moderate regime to a radical regime, to Thermidorian reaction.
By Brinton, Crane
Autobiography of Malcolm X, The
In the sixties, as voices of protest and change rose above the din of history and false promises, one voice sounded more urgently, more passionately, than the rest. Malcolm X – once called the most dangerous man in America -challenged the world to listen and learn the truth as he experienced it.
By Haley, Alex
“Who is John Galt?” is the immortal question posed at the beginning of Ayn Rand’s masterpiece. The answer is the astonishing story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world—and did. As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and […]
By Rand, Ayn
Bakunin: The Creative Passion
“The passion for destruction is a creative passion,” wrote the anarchist Mikhail Bakunin in 1842. Since then, the popular image of anarchism has been one of violence and terror. But this picture is wildly misleading, and the media has done more to obscure anarchism than to explain it.
Mark Leier shows that the “passion for destruction” is a call to build a new world free of oppression, not a cult of violence. He argues that anarchism is a philosophy of morality and solidarity, based not on wishful thinking or naive beliefs about the goodness of humanity but on a practical, radical critique of wealth and power. By studying Bakunin, we can learn a great deal about our own time and begin to recover a world of possibility and promise.
By Leier, Mark
Bending Cross, The
Let the people take heart and hope everywhere, for the cross is bending, the midnight is passing, and joy cometh with the morning. – Eugene Debs in 1918 Orator, organizer, self-taught scholar, presidential candidate, and prisoner, Eugene Debs’ lifelong commitment to the fight for a better world is chronicled in this unparalleled biography by historian Ray Ginger. This moving story presents the definitive account of the life and legacy of the most eloquent spokesperson and leader of the U.S. […]
By Ginger, Ray
Resistance to Civil Government (Civil Disobedience): Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and that they have a duty to avoid allowing such acquiescence to enable the government to make them the agents of injustice. Thoreau was motivated in part by his disgust with slavery and the Mexican-American War.
By Thoreau, Henry David
Civilization: The West and the Rest
How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? Acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson argues that beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts, or “killer applications” – competition, science, the rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and the work ethic – that the Rest lacked, allowing it to surge past all other competitors.
By Ferguson, Niall
Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of the World, The
Globalization, like many great geopolitical ideologies before it, is now officially dead. Despite the near-religious conviction with which it was conceived, a growing vagueness now surrounds its promise that nation-states were heading toward irrelevance, to be replaced by the power of global markets; that economics, not politics or arms, would determine the course of human events; that growth in international trade would foster prosperous markets that would, in turn, abolish poverty and change dictatorships into democracies.
By Saul, John Ralston
Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment is the story of a murder committed on principle, of a killer who wishes to set himself outside and above society. It is marked by Dostoevsky’s own harrowing experience, and yet there are moments of wild humour.
By Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
Death of the Liberal Class
Examines the failure of the liberal class to confront the rise of the corporate state and consequences of a liberalism that has become profoundly bankrupted.
By Hedges, Chris
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America’s Class War A raucous, truth-telling look at the white working poor – and why they hate liberalism.
By Bageant, Joe
A unique and compelling eyewitness account of Germany between the wars.A huge bestseller in Germany, Defying Hitler is a memoir about the rise of Nazism in Germany and the lives of ordinary German citizens between the wars. This fresh and astute account offers a unique perspective on this era of twentieth-century history. Covering the years from 1907 to 1933, Haffner’s personal memories form the basis for questioning, analyzing, and interpreting much of Germany’s history. His eyewitness account […]
By Haffner, Sebastian
Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism
Democracy is struggling in America – by now this statement is almost cliche. But what if the country is no longer a democracy at all?
By Wolin, Sheldon S.
End of Growth, The
Adapting to Our New Economic Reality.
Economists insist that recovery is at hand, yet unemployment remains high, real estate values continue to sink, and governments stagger under record deficits. The End of Growth proposes a startling diagnosis: humanity has reached a fundamental turning point in its economic history. The expansionary trajectory of industrial civilization is colliding with non-negotiable natural limits. Richard Heinberg’s latest landmark work goes to the heart of the ongoing financial crisis, explaining how and why […]
By Heinberg, Richard
Fathers and Sons
Story of two friends who come back home to their native country from university with nihilist leanings and believes. The generation gap between the fathers and sons in the story neatly symbolized the current political debates between the older reactionaries and the younger radicals.
By Turgenev, Ivan
When The Fountainhead was first published, Ayn Rand”s daringly original literary vision and her groundbreaking philosophy, Objectivism, won immediate worldwide interest and acclaim. This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him.
By Rand, Ayn
Germany Must Perish
The March 1941 publication of Germany Must Perish! provoked one of the most intense propaganda exchanges of World War II. The book, written by an American Jew, Theodore Kaufman, advocated the physical destruction of the German people through mass sterilization and the total dismemberment of the German state.
By Kaufman, Theodore N.
A travelogue, a work of scholarship, and a western adventure, Great Plains takes us from the site of Sitting Bull’s cabin, to an abandoned house once terrorized by Bonnie and Clyde, to the scene of the murders chronicled in Truman Capote’sIn Cold Blood. It is an expedition that reveals the heart of the American West.
By Frazier, Ian
Great Transformation, The: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time
In this classic work of economic history and social theory, Karl Polanyi analyzes the economic and social changes brought about by the “great transformation” of the Industrial Revolution. His analysis explains not only the deficiencies of the self-regulating market, but the potentially dire social consequences of untempered market capitalism. New introductory material reveals the renewed importance of Polanyi’s seminal analysis in an era of globalization and free trade.
By Karl Polanyi
Industrial Worker, The – 1840-1860
The Reaction of American Industrial Society to the Advance of the Industrial Revolution
By Ware, Norman (no info?)
King Leopold’s Soliloquy: A Defense of His Congo Rule
King Leopold’s rule over the Congo Free State. A work of political satire harshly condemnatory of his actions, it ostensibly recounts Leopold speaking in his own defense.
By Twain, Mark
Life the Movie: How Entertainment Conquered Reality
In an important book that sharply illuminates our obsessions with celebrity, gossip, scandal, and real-life melodrama, Neal Gabler shows us today’s astonishing conversion of life itself into Entertainment–Life the Movie.
By Gabler, Neil
Louder Voices: The Corporate Welfare Bums
The corporate welfare state is not a new phenomenon, despite the notoriety it has achieved only recently. Unlike its counterpart, the social welfare state, its gestation period has been largely unobserved by interpreters of social events. And while social welfare legislation has been subjected to the most critiical scrutiny as to its costs, benefits and consequences, the attention of Canadians has been deflected from any examination of the other face of the mixed economy, Canadian-style: the corporate welfare state.
By Lewis, David
Notes From The Underground
Dostoevsky’s most revolutionary novel, Notes from Underground.
Darkly fascinating short novel depicts the struggles of a doubting, supremely alienated protagonist in a world of relative values. Seminal work introduced moral, religious, political and social themes that dominated Dostoyevsky’s later masterworks… In this work we follow the unnamed narrator of the story, who disillusioned by the oppression and corruption of the society in which he lives, withdraws from […]
By Dostoyevsky, Fydor
Party of One
A scathing indictment of a prime minister determined to remake Canada. In Party of One, investigative journalist Michael Harris closely examines the majority government of a prime minister essentially unchecked by the opposition and empowered by the general election victory of May 2011. Harris looks at Harper’s policies, instincts, and the often breathtaking gap between his stated political principles and his practices.
By Harris, Michael
Pattern of Politics, The
Taylor’s discussion of the politics of polarization is insightful. I agree with him that this pattern is more appropriate and necessary for Canada than the politics of consensus.
By Charles Taylor
Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else
In the last few decades what it means to be rich has changed dramatically. Forget the 1%; it’s the wealthiest .01% who are fast outpacing the rest of us…. Cracking open this tight-knit world is Chrystia Freeland, an acclaimed business journalist. At ease in Davos or Dubai, Freeland has reported on the lives and minds of […]
By Freeland, Chrystia
Power Elite, The
Mills calls attention to the interwoven interests of the leaders of the military, corporate, and political elements of society and suggests that the ordinary citizen is a relatively powerless subject of manipulation by those entities.
By Mills, C. Wright
Price of Citizenship, The: Redefining the American Welfare State
“Katz traces the evolution of the welfare state from colonial relief programs through the war on poverty and into our own age, marked by the “end of welfare as we know it.” “Arguably the leading historian of American social welfare, Katz has written a defining history of post-Nixon transformations of America’s welfare state. . . . This is a masterpiece of contemporary history.”
By Katz, Michael B.
Resistance, Rebellion and Death
“I continue to believe that this world has no ultimate meaning. But I know that something in it has a meaning and that is man, because he is the only creature to insist on having one”
By Camus, Albert
Revolt of the Bees, The
Views on education. “All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind, have been convinced that the fate of empires depended on the education given to youth; and from their reflections we may lay it down as an evident principle, that education, the laws, and manners, ought never to contradict each other.”…. “the character is formed for and not by the individual.”
By Morgan, John Minter
Tom Paine: A Political Life
“More than any other public figure of the eighteenth century, Tom Paine strikes our times like a trumpet blast from a distant world.” Tracing the life of one of the most highly regarded political figures of his generation, this work presents both the public and private sides of Paine’s life.
By Keane, John
Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky
Chomsky radically reinterprets the events of the past three decades, covering topics from foreign policy during Vietnam to the decline of welfare under the Clinton administration. And as he elucidates the connection between America’s imperialistic foreign policy and the decline of domestic social services…
By Chomsky, Noam
Utopian Communist, The
Wilhelm Weitling was an important 19th-century European radical. Both praised and critiqued by disciples of the growing Marxist philosophy during the 19th century, Weitling was characterized as a “utopian…
By Wittke, Carl
Virtue of Selfishness
Ayn Rand here sets forth the moral principles of Objectivism, the philosophy that holds human life – the life proper to a rational being – as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with man’s nature, with the creative requirements of his survival, and with a free society.
By Rand, Ayn
The Dictatorship of Reason in the West. A sweeping and provocative exploration of nothing less than the political, economic, social, and cultural origins of Western society.
By Saul, John Ralston
Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt
For bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges, we are once again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. From the vantage point of a world on the edge, Wages of Rebellion investigates what social and psychological factors cause revolution, rebellion and resistance.
By Hedges, Chris
Working Poor, The: Invisible in America
Shipler illustrates the struggles the working poor face while attempting to escape poverty. “Nobody who works hard should be poor in America.”
By Shipler, David K.
World and the West, The
Here, in under 100 pages, the estimable historian spins off so many ideas that now seem prescient or quite possibly predictive of our future… The profundity per page ratio is astonishing.
By Toynbee, Arnold
World As It Is, The: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress
Panorama of the American empire at home and abroad.
By Hedges, Chris