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Sartre and the Birth of Radical Existentialism

Ray Monk The New Statesman
A granular review of three recent books on the the political and intellectual legacy of French Marxian existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre. As the reviewer notes, if you want to know why 50,000 people showed up to pay their respects at the writer/activist's 1980 funeral, these new books may provide the answer.

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Patricide Deferred

Robert Minto Open Letters Monthly
The Frankfurt School produced some of the most noted Marxist intellectuals of the last century. Reviewer Robert Minto says this new group portrait offers an accessible entryway into the minds of these thinkers, whose work and ideas have often been labeled unnecessarily difficult and obscure.
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