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Who Betrayed Us? The Failure of the German Revolution, 1918-19

Neal Ascherson London Review of Books
A new book on the ill-fated German revolution is exhaustive while casting doubt on the possibility of a successful workers’ uprising. The reviewer prefers an out-of-print work that faults the Social Democratic right for saving the extant ruling class

The Margins Will Not Hold

Gene Seymour Bookforum
This new publication brings the work of this astonishing novelist, a satirist and humorist of biting insight, to new audiences.

‘Warrior’ Is Still the Best Show You’re Not Watching

Miles Surrey The Ringer
Warrior explores America’s racial history and its intersection with the immigrant experience—it shows how, in a nation of immigrants, nonwhite people are seldom considered “American” by their white peers.

Inaugural

Jericho Brown New York Times
Pultizer-prize winning poet Jericho Brown speaks to this critical moment—“the single item on the agenda”—that inspires hope at “this American hour of our lives.”

When Science Meets Capital

Guy Miller Against the Current
The tragedy of American science lies in its drive for private profit over improving the human condition, resulting in Big Science being irredeemably corrupted by Big Money, poisoning the air, the water, the food we eat, and the medicines we take.

The Kidnapping Club

David Rosen New York Journal of Books
As this book shows, writes reviewer Rosen, “the slave trade persisted in New York in the decades before the Civil War because the city was the capital of the Southern slave economy.”

Chorus and Catharsis: A Breakdown of One Night in Miami's Best Scene

Isaac Feldberg Paste
One Night in Miami is incisive about the pressures of Black celebrity, and its central dialogue circles the question of what its characters—all icons in their own right—owe to both the Black community at large and a nascent civil rights movement.

Digital Food: From Paddock to Platform.

Richard Zimmer FoodAnthropology
This examination of how the digital world portrays food directly, represents people engaged in all aspects of food, and affects the politics and economics of the food world, foreshadows some of the directions the larger world of food is taking.