Category Archives: Book Reviews

JS Mill’s Cauldron Of Ideas

I’m reading a great Dorling Kindersley illustrated book on politics called…. The Politics Book It’s an introduction to politics aimed at 16-18 year olds and is beautifully illustrated by James Graham. It is also got me thinking. The section on … Continue reading

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TRUE CRIME STORIES: SOME NEW LABOUR MEMOIRS

This is a review of the autobiographies of New Labour supremos, Tony Blair, Peter Mandelson and John Prescott, written by my UCU colleague and eminent radical historian, John Newsinger. It is an excoriating analysis of the self-serving texts that exposes … Continue reading

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Excerpts from The Corporation by Joel Bakan

Here’s some extracts from Joel Bakan’s great book, The Corporation, The Pathological Pursuit Of Profit & Power (2004). The book accompanies the documentary film that covers the same territory. More analytical than Michael Moore’s stuff (which I also admire) it … Continue reading

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On The Meaning Of Class

I have been reading, The Meaning Of Socialism, by Michael Luntley. I was led to this because his brother, John Luntley, has been a dear friend of mine for over 40 years. Michael is a professional academic philosopher currently teaching … Continue reading

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Culture And Class By John Holden – Book Review

I have just read Culture And Class, by John Holden, a pamphlet he has written for the British Council’s Counterpoint initiative. I don’t want to ruin it for readers by hyping it too much but I’m afraid I can’t resist … Continue reading

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On Capitalism And Freedom By Milton Friedman – Book Review

I have just read the anniversary edition of Milton Friedman’s, Capitalism & Freedom. I thought it was about time I delved into the theoretical source of the Free-marketeers self-serving ideology. To be honest I was quite nervous – what if … Continue reading

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23 Things they don’t Tell You About Capitalism – Book Review

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism, (Chang 2011) is written by Korean economist, Ha-Joon Chang, who claims not to be an enemy of capitalism only the particular form of free-market hyper-capitalism that developed in the Anglo-American world since … Continue reading

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