Book Review

On the left, a picture of John Bellamy Foster's book Return of Nature. On the right, a photo of him wearing a sweater and glasses.

Marxism and the Origins of the Ecological Critique

John Bellamy Foster’s The Return of Nature: Socialism and Ecology (Monthly Review Press, 2020) shows the role played by biologists and other scientists with a nonmechanistic, materialist outlook, alongside various Marxists, in laying the foundations of ecology in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Reconnecting Gramsci to the Traditions of Revolutionary Marxism: A Review of “Hegemonía y Lucha de Clases”

Juan Dal Maso’s “Hegemonía y lucha de clases. Tres ensayos sobre Trotsky, Gramsci y el marxismo” represents an ambitious attempt to rethink the relation of Gramsci to the traditions of revolutionary Marxism, by means of a critique of those positions that emphasised the possibility of a reformist reading of Gramsci and of an attempt to suggest that Gramsci and Trotsky faced the same open challenges of redefining revolutionary strategy.

This Wednesday: Andrea D’Atri Presents the Book “Bread and Roses”

On March 17, Andrea D’Atri will be presenting the new English-language edition of her book “Bread and Roses: Gender and Class Under Capitalism.” The online event from the London radical booksellers Housmans will take place at 7pm GMT (London), 3pm EDT (New York), and 12pm PDT (Los Angeles). Free registration required.

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Covid-19 and Capitalist Production: A Review of Rob Wallace’s Dead Epidemiologists

In Rob Wallace’s most recent book, he reviews what is known about the development of the virus that causes Covid-19 in the context of industrial farming combined with habitat destruction. Inherent in his critique is a condemnation of capitalist agricultural methods, some thoughts on alternatives, and what forces in rural society are doing to create these alternatives. His book is a must-read for anybody who wishes to truly understand Covid-19.

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The Measure of Everything: David McNally’s Materialist History of Money

David McNally’s new book, Blood and Money, is a devastating and brilliant account of money and its role in historical and current processes of class and state domination. A model of Marxist historical scholarship, it’s a must-read for Marxists and other anticapitalist activists and thinkers, speaking both to our current moment and to more enduring questions class, power, dispossession, and the potential of working class movements from below to transcend these.

10 Revolutionary Books to Read under Quarantine

Many people can’t leave the house to COVID-19. But we can prepare for coming struggles. Here are 10 books to learn about Marxism. “You who starve, reach for a book: it will be a weapon.” — Bertolt Brecht

The Jew Who Built An Anti-Nazi Resistance In Hitler’s Army

Martin Monath (1913-1944) was a German Jewish Trotskyist, a member of the Fourth International, and the editor of German-language socialist paper Arbeiter und Soldat (Worker and Soldier), who in 1943 began organizing resistance cells within the Nazi army. A new work by Nathaniel Flakin, Martin Monath: A Jewish Resistance Fighter Among Nazi Soldiers, out this month from Pluto Press, uses archival materials to piece together his fascinating story. This is an interview with its author.

Naomi Klein Wants Us to Be “On Fire”—But With What Kind of Strategy?

On Tuesday evening, author Naomi Klein presented her new book in the Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York City. To fight the fires of climate change, she wants all of us to be “on fire.” Her books makes “The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal.” But what kind of strategy is she proposing to beat the corporations and governments responsible for the catastrophe?