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I, Sy: Seymour Hersh’s Memoir of a Life Making the Mighty Sweat

Michael M. Grynbaum New York Times
The story of a working-class Jewish kid from the South Side of Chicago, who through serendipity and toil had exposed the horror of the My Lai massacre, revealed domestic and foreign abuses by the C.I.A. and harried Washington’s elite for a half-century — is not finished.

Who Was Rosa Luxemburg?

Kate Evans Beyond Chron
Rosa Luxemburg was at the center of revolutionary politics from 1898-1919, a very complex political time. Connecting her perspectives to the many now obscure movements of the pre-WWI era can get confusing for those who have not much studied the period. That’s why the graphic novel format used by Evans is so vital to understanding Luxemburg’s role.

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Nightmare Gaza Conditions meet Resistance in Max Blumenthal’s ‘The 51 Day War’

BEN LORBER In These Times Web Only
Max Blumenthal, whose book The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza allows the young men and women of Gaza to speak, offers a gripping and unembellished look at the misery on the ground in the Gaza Strip during the Israeli government’s homicidal Operation Protective Edge in summer 2014, the third war in this tiny stretch of land in the last six-and-a-half years.

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Life After Death for Labor?

David Cohen Against the Current
Much of Aronowitz' criticism of what the labor movement doesn't do, rings true, as does his call for a more open socialist orientation. But 40 after the capitalist class started its aggressive attack on unions we need more than lists of what labor should do. We need to talk about how we are going to do things differently, not just that we should based on a real understanding of where workers are politically, organizationally and ideologically.

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Life After Death for Labor?

David Cohen Against the Current
Much of Aronowitz' criticism of what the labor movement doesn't do, rings true, as does his call for a more open socialist orientation. But 40 after the capitalist class started its aggressive attack on unions we need more than lists of what labor should do. We need to talk about how we are going to do things differently, not just that we should based on a real understanding of where workers are politically, organizationally and ideologically.

Books: Changing the Ed Reform Narrative

Michael Hirsch The Indypendent, Issue # 199
A review of two important new books that tell a different story about what teachers do, what parents want and what children need.

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Book Revidew - Hardhats for Peace

Michael Hirsch The Indypendent
A new book by Penny Lewis offers valuable insight into the true nature of the movement to end the war in Vietnam.
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