"I grew up in the midst of poverty but every black kid that I knew could read and write. We have to talk about the fact that we cannot educate for critical consciousness if we have a group of people who cannot access Fanon, Cabral, or Audre Lorde because they can’t read or write. How did Malcolm X radicalize his consciousness? He did it through books. If you deprive working-class and poor black people of access to reading and writing, you are making them that much farther removed from being a class that can engage in revolutionary resistance."

- bell hooks

The Reviews

A Commune in Chiapas?

A Commune in Chiapas?
This pamphlet has been reviewed in this excellent in-depth essay: Class, Colonialism and the Zapatistas , by Bromma (8th Route Readers Club #8)

AIDS conspiracy Theories:
Tracking the Real Genocide,
by David Gilbert with commentary

AIDS Conspiracy Theories: Tracking the Real Genocide An important investigation into the racist and reactionary underpinnings of many conspiracy theories about AIDS. Reviewed in:

 

For more on and by David Gilbert, click here.

AIDS Conspiracy Theories can be read online here.


The Arcane of Reproduction,
by Leopoldina Fortunati

Racance of Reproduction by Leopoldina FortunatiA book that is truly difficult to read, steeped in the verbiage of autonomist marxist theory, this book is nevertheless an interesting attempt to integrate feminist appreciation of the economic value of housework and prostitution into Marxist theory.

Bottomfish Blues:
The Coming of Black Genocide and other essays,
by Mary Barfoot

Bottomfish Blues: The Coming of Black Genocide and other essays This book has been reviewed in:

Caliban and the Witch:
Women the Body and Primitive Accumultion
by Sylvia Federici

Caliban and the Witch by Sylvia FedericiThis book has been reviewed in:

see also Useless Gender, a chapter of the book subRosa available online at http://www.refugia.net/yes/yes_06useless.pdf


Collective Liberation On My Mind,
by Chris Crass

Collective Liberation On My MindThis book has been reviewed in:

also read an interview with the author on this site!


Confronting Fascism
Discussion Documents for a Militant Movement

Confronting FascismThis book has been reviewed in:

Defying the Tomb
Selected Prison Writings and Art of Kevin "Rashid" Johnson featuring exchanges with an Outlaw

Defying the TombThis book has been reviewed in:

Divided World Divided Class:
Global Political Economy and the Stratification of Labour Under Capitalism

Defying the TombThis book has been reviewed in:

 

FARC-EP - Historical Outline

FARC-EP Historical OutlineThis book has been reviewed in:

Hot Lead is MedicineHot Lead is Medicine, thoughts on Whiteness, privilege and violence


This pamphlet has been reviewed by yours truly on the Sketchy Thoughts blog; to see the review click here!


Kuwasi Balagoon: A Soldier's Story
writings by a revolutionary New Afrikan anarchist

Kuwasi Balagoon A Soldier's Story This book has been reviewed in a number of places. I gotta warn you - i, er, ahmm, errrr - don't have much nice to say about some of these reviewers. In fact, i feel embarassed for them based on what they wrote. Of course, there are also those who clearly DO have their heads screwed on right. I could be patronizing and separate the "approved" and "not so approved" reviews, but i'll let everyone figure it all out for themselves.
That said, this book has been reviewed in:

For more on and by Kuwasi Balagoon, click here.


Meditations on Frantz Fanon's Wretched of the Earth
New Afrikan Revolutionary Writings by James Yaki Sayles

Meditations on Frantz Fanon's Wretched of the EarthThe author's mission is to make up for the misunderstanding of Fanon’s politics that he and so many of his young rebel comrades once had. To help guide the study by newer rebels of this complex and difficult reading. Necessary reading...

Reviews:

 

 


Money and Power Hook or Crook,
by Zolo Agona Azania

Money and Power Hook or Crook by Zolo Agona AzaniaThis is a pamphlet of short ssays by Zolo Agona Azania, a New Afrikan political prisoner who has spent 23 years on death row, and this despite having forced the State to admit to racist improprieties in his trial and and having his sentence overturned not once but twice - despite a judge ruling in May 2005 that the State should not be allowed to pursue the death penalty a third time as this would constitute a clear violation of Azania’s rights, the prosecution appealed, shamelessly pulling out all the stops to kill this man. Luckily, the courts rejected this, and Azania now has a release date.

Reviewed by:

For more on and Zolo Agona Azania, click here.


Night-Vision:
Illuminating War and Class on the Neo-Colonial Terrain,
by Butch Lee and Red Rover

Night-Vision: illuminating war and class on the neo-colonial terrain This book has been reviewed in:

No Surrender,
writings by an anti-imperialist political prisoner,
by David Gilbert

No Surrender, by David GilbertA collection of writings by this North American political prisoner.

For more on and by David Gilbert, click here.


On the Justice of Roosting Chickens,
by Ward Churchill

On the Justice of Roosting Chickens This book is reviewed by
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You can read the introductory essay to this book here: Some People Push Back


The Red Army Faction A Documentary History, Volume I:
Projectiles for the People

The Red Army Faction A Documentary History, Volume I: Projectiles for the People This book has been reviewed by:

The author-editors of this book have been interviewed in several places; see the German Guerilla website for more details.


Settlers: Mythology of the White Proletariat,
by J. Sakai

Settlers: Mythology of the White Proletariat This book has been reviewed by

Also read an interview with the author from When Race Burns Class

For more on and by J. Sakai, click here.


The War Before: The True Life Story of Becoming a Black Panther, Keeping the Faith in Prison, and Fighting for Those Left Behind, by Safiya Bukhari

The War Before This book has been reviewed by:

For more about this book, and related events, click here.


When Race Burns Class: Settlers revisited -
an interview with author J. Sakai &
"The Continuing Appeal of Anti-Imperialism"
by Kuwasi Balagoon

When Race Burns Class This book has been reviewed by:

For more on and by J. Sakai, click here.

 


Science Fiction

Links to reviews and discussions of my favourite genre.

  • A Woman Appeared by Suzy McKee Charnas, with an introductory note by Rudy D.
  • Octavia Butler Rest in Peace by yours truly from the Sketchy Thoughts blog
  • The People of Sand and Slag by Paolo Bacigalupi, birelfy reviewed by yours truly from the Sketchy Thoughts blog
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    Other Books Reviewed by Other Folks

    The following is a list of interesting book reviews of works that i do not stock, and in some cases haven't even read. But the reviews are cool!

  • Would you shoplift "Days of Love, Nights of War"? by Butch Lee - a scathing review of the
    Crimethinc. book, equally applicable to a lot of post-situ lifestyle stuff
  • Take the Rich Off Welfare, by Mark Zepezauer - reviewed by Tracy McLellan
  • Improvised Weapons of the American Underground - reveiwed by M. Daily
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