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In Solidarity: Essays on Working-Class Organization and Strategy in the United States
In Solidarity
Essays on Working-Class Organization and Strategy in the United States
Paperback      ISBN: 1608463265

In this thorough collection of inspiring and informed essays, Kim Moody, one of the world's most authoritative and recognized labor writers, analyzes the past, present, and future of unions in the United States. With a sharp understanding of Marxist theory and labor history, Moody charts a well-reasoned course for the future of rank-and-file struggle.

Kim Moody was a founder of Labor Notes and is a member of the National Union of Journalists and a senior research fellow at the Work and Employment Unit of the University of Hertfordshire.

On New Terrain: How Capital Is Reshaping the Battleground of Class War
On New Terrain
How Capital Is Reshaping the Battleground of Class War
Paperback      ISBN: 1608468461

"Kim Moody is one of the leading intellectuals of the labor movement."--Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Race Rebels: Culture, Politics and the Black Working Class

In his latest book, Kim Moody analyzes how recent changes in capitalism have altered both the composition of the working class and the economic and political ground on which it struggles.

On New Terrain challenges conventional wisdom about a disappearing working class and the inevitability of a two-party political structure as the only framework for struggle. Through in-depth study of the economic and political shifts at the top of society, Moody shows how recent developments in capitalist production impact the working class and its power to resist the status quo. He argues that this transformed industrial terrain offers new possibilities for organization in the workplace and opens doors for grassroots, independent political action strengthened by reemerging labor and social movements.

From the logistics revolution to the unprecedented concentration of business and wealth in the hands of the one percent, On New Terrain examines the impact of the current economic terrain on the working class in the United States. Looking beyond the clich s of precarity and the gig economy, Moody shows that the working class and its own self-activity are essential in the global battle against austerity.

Kim Moody is author of In Solidarity: Essays on Working-Class Organization in the United States and U.S. Labor in Trouble and Transition.

Howard Zinn Speaks: Collected Speeches 1963-2009
Howard Zinn Speaks
Collected Speeches 1963-2009
Paperback      ISBN: 1608462595

Howard Zinn has illuminated our history like no other US historian. This collection of his speeches on protest movements, racism, war, and US history, many never before published, covers more than four decades of his active engagement with the audiences he inspired with his humor, insight, and clarity.

"Reading Howard's spoken words, I feel that I am almost hearing his voice again--his stunning pitch-perfect ability to capture the moment and the concerns and needs of the audience, whoever they may be, always enlightening, often stirring, an amalgam of insight, critical history, wit, blended with charm and appeal."

"With ferocious moral clarity and mischievous humor, Howard turned routine antiwar rallies into profound explorations of state violence and staid academic conferences into revival meetings for social change. Collected here for the first time, Howard's speeches--spanning an extraordinary life of passion and principle--come to us at the moment when we need them most: just as a global network of popular uprisings searches for what comes next. We could ask for no wiser a guide than Howard Zinn."

"To hear Howard] speak was like listening to music that you loved--lyrical, uplifting, honest. . . . I know he would love it for each of you to find your voice and to be heard. This book will provide you with some inspiration."

"To read this book is to hear Howard Zinn speak again, inspiring us for the struggles from below that are our only hope for any future at all."

Howard Zinn wrote the classic A People's History of the United States. The book, which has sold more than two million copies, has been featured in the film Good Will Hunting, and has appeared multiple times on The New York Times best-seller list.

Anthony Arnove wrote, directed, and produced The People Speak with Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, Josh Brolin, and Matt Damon, and co-edited, with Howard Zinn, Voices of a People's History of the United States.

Janesville: An American Story
An American Story
Paperback      ISBN: 1501102265
* Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year * Winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize​ * 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year * A New York Times Notable Book * A Washington Post Notable Book * An NPR Best Book of 2017 * A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2017 * An Economist Best Book of 2017 * A Business Insider Best Book of 2017 *

"A gripping story of psychological defeat and resilience" (Bob Woodward, The Washington Post)--an intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class.

This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its main factory shuts down--but it's not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up.

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Amy Goldstein spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin, where the nation's oldest operating General Motors assembly plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession. Now, with intelligence, sympathy, and insight into what connects and divides people in an era of economic upheaval, Goldstein shows the consequences of one of America's biggest political issues. Her reporting takes the reader deep into the lives of autoworkers, educators, bankers, politicians, and job re-trainers to show why it's so hard in the twenty-first century to recreate a healthy, prosperous working class.

"Moving and magnificently well-researched...Janesville joins a growing family of books about the evisceration of the working class in the United States. What sets it apart is the sophistication of its storytelling and analysis" (Jennifer Senior, The New York Times).

"Anyone tempted to generalize about the American working class ought to meet the people in Janesville. The reporting behind this book is extraordinary and the story--a stark, heartbreaking reminder that political ideologies have real consequences--is told with rare sympathy and insight" (Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Soul of a New Machine).
Clara Zetkin: Selected Writings
Clara Zetkin
Selected Writings
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1608463907

Here is an essential collection of essays and speeches from 1889 to 1933, long unavailable in the United States, on women's equality, labor, peace and socialism. Zetkin broke new ground by exploring the intersections of gender and class. In these writings, she describes the political process that ultimately allowed for socialized reproduction-namely the establishment by the Soviet revolutionary government of communal kitchens, laundries and child care facilities.

Organized Labor and the Black Worker, 1619-1981
Organized Labor and the Black Worker, 1619-1981
Paperback      ISBN: 1608467872

In this classic account, historian Philip Foner traces the radical history of Black workers' contribution to the American labor movement.

Fuego Subterráneo: Historia del Radicalismo de la Clase Obrera En Los Estados Unidos
Fuego Subterráneo
Historia del Radicalismo de la Clase Obrera En Los Estados Unidos
Spanish    Paperback      ISBN: 1608468593

Workers in the United States have a rich tradition of fighting back and achieving previously unthinkable gains, from the weekend, to healthcare, to the right to organize a union.

Sharon Smith shows that a return to the fighting traditions of US labor history, with an emphasis on rank-and-file strategies for change, can turn around the labor movement. Fuego Subterr neo brings working-class history to light and reveals its lessons for today.

Sharon Smith is the author of Women and Socialism: Class, Race, and Capital.

The End of the World as We Know It?: Crisis, Resistance, and the Age of Austerity
The End of the World as We Know It?
Crisis, Resistance, and the Age of Austerity
Paperback      ISBN: 1849351864

The End of the World as We Know It? explores the origins and effects of the capitalist crisis that began in 2008. It moves on to examine the responses of both the dispossessed and the ruling classes to the catastrophe, giving special attention to student mobilizations around the world. Weaving together a global network of stories and analyses, editor Deric Shannon creates an outline of what real and effective opposition to the forces that are destroying our lives and our planet might look like. From solidarity networks to revolutionary unionism, student strikes, and ever-new forms of state and corporate control, The End of the World as We Know It? is a guide to the future of anticapitalist struggle

"Highly recommended reading for the contemporary dissident."--Ruth Kinna, author of A Beginner's Guide to Anarchism

"The End of the World As We Know It? will be an invaluable resource for students of political economy in our momentous times.... it] offers an indispensable array of perspectives on the crisis in contemporary global capitalism, with an eye toward dismantling it." --Alessandro De Giorgi, author of Re-thinking the Political Economy of Punishment

"A must-read for those interested in navigating the turbulent waters of economic uncertainty, political instability, and global resistance. The contributors not only provide clear and accessible analyses but also, and more importantly, a range of thought-provoking proposals for change which challenge an increasingly unequal and unsustainable status quo." --Nathan Jun, Author of Anarchism and Political Modernity

"There is nothing more important for anticapitalists than providing sharp analysis and relevant answers to the problems of our time, rather than merely propagating noble ideals. Here is a book that lives up to the task." --Gabriel Kuhn, editor of All Power to the Councils A Documentary History of the German Revolution of 1918-1919

"The contributions in The End of the World As We Know It? provide us with important lessons concerning the economic crisis and the attempts of working people to create a world worth living in." --Andrej Grubacic, author of Don't Mourn, Balkanize Essays After Yugoslavia

North for the Harvest: Mexican Workers, Growers, and the Sugar Beet Industry
North for the Harvest
Mexican Workers, Growers, and the Sugar Beet Industry
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0873516311

Examines the complex and often suprising relationships between the participants in the sugar beet industry.

Throughout most of the twentieth century, thousands of Mexicans traveled north to work the sugar beet fields of the Minnesota-North Dakota Red River Valley. North for the Harvest examines the evolution of the relationships between American Crystal Sugar Company, the sugar beet growers, and the migrant workers. Though popular convention holds that corporations and landowners invariably exploited migrant workers, Norris reveals that these relationships were more complex. The company often clashed with growers, sometimes while advocating for workers. And many growers developed personal ties with their migrant workers, while workers themselves often found ways to leverage better pay and working conditions from the company.

Ultimately, the lot of workers improved as the years went by. As one worker explained, something historic occurred for his family while working in the Red River Valley: "We broke the chain there."

"North for the Harvest is beautifully conceived, very well written, and nuanced and original in its arguments. Norris demonstrates that labor relations in the Red River Valley beet industry was a 'three-corner game' that cannot be fully understood without examining all the players." David Vaught, author of Cultivating California: Growers, Specialty Crops, and Labor, 1875-1920

"This story of the long-established and productive contributions of Latinos to Minnesota and North Dakota needs to be heard. It has never been told in such depth and with such style." Jeffrey Kolnick, Associate Professor of History, Southwest Minnesota State University

Blacklisted: The Secret War Between Big Business and Union Activists
The Secret War Between Big Business and Union Activists
Paperback      ISBN: 1780263414

In this fully updated new edition, the authors lift the lid on blacklisting. They detail the historic court victory for construction workers in the UK and the ongoing Pitchford public inquiry into undercover policing. It links developments in the UK with campaigns across the world--against blacklisting and spycops, and in solidarity with labor activists and whistleblowers.

Phil Chamberlain is an experienced investigative journalist who has written for the Guardian, Observer, and the Independent.

Dave Smith is a blacklisted union activist from the construction industry, and an award-winning campaigner on human rights, health and safety, anti-fascism, and employment rights issues.