Book Reviews


Who Was Rosa Luxemburg?

Posted October 30, 2015 by

Nearly a century after her death, Rosa Luxemburg remains a legendary figure on the political left. Luxemburg sought to “affect people like a clap of thunder” in a  political landscape where revolution competed with reform. An obvious question when approaching
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Billie Holiday’s Surprising Connection to Today’s War on Drugs

Posted October 6, 2015 by Dale Greenfield

Johann Hari, British journalist and storyteller extraordinaire, asks the penetrating question, “What if everything we know about drugs and addiction is wrong?” Seizing the reader’s attention from the opening sentence of his three-year, thirty-thousand-mile fact-finding odyssey, Hari presents compelling evidence
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Little Richard and the Inside Story of a Legendary Drummer

Posted September 10, 2015 by Peter Michaels and Randy Shaw

Little Richard was an electrifying international sensation in the mid-1950s. As young men, the Beatles and Rolling Stones were in awe of Richard Penniman. Little Richard’s sound was premised on accompaniment by his airtight band, “The Upsetters”, featuring Charles Connor
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Disabled Activist Recalls Movement History

Posted June 18, 2015 by Lainey Feingold

Corbett Joan OToole is a disabled activist out to change hearts and minds with her powerful new book, Fading Scars / my queer disability history. OToole’s unrelenting challenge to the status quo begins with the cover. The book’s structure and
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San Francisco: The High Life of the Lowlifes

Posted May 18, 2015 by Paul Buhle

The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco, by Randy Shaw. San Francisco: Urban Reality Press, 2015. (Ed. Note: Copyright, Reprinted with permission. Original article in Truthout) If your life was changed by a spell
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Coney Island Exposed America’s Spirit

Posted February 27, 2015 by

There may be no five-mile area in the United States that better captures the nation’s democratic spirit than New York City’s Coney Island. Coney Island came to symbolize America’s working-class dreams, growing ethnic and racial diversity, love of amusement, and
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