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"Hitler's Rival": Book shines spotlight on Ernst Thalmann

While this book isn't a history of Nazi Germany or of the GDR, it does provide a historical glimpse into both societies.

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Racism isn't new in Texas

Carmen Boullosa has done us a great service, and provided us a marvelously good read.

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"Dancer in the Revolution": Memoir of Stretch Johnson, Harlem communist

History is a curious thing, full of drama, intrigue, plot twists, misadventures. Howard "Stretch" Johnson's memoir is similarly curious.

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Everything old is old again: A word on remakes and sequels

There's no shortage of creativity out there. It's simply a matter of whether it's being repressed. And it is - in the interest of profit. Another effect of capitalism.

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Top 10 books of 2014: a holiday reading list

The holidays are upon us in earnest. It's an ideal time to put down the smartphone or iPad and curl up with a good book.

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Ursula LeGuin says up with fantasy, down with capitalism

"Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between the production of a market commodity and the practice of an art."

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Cult film's John Waters gets "Carsick"

Carsick will keep readers entertained, presenting what it's really like these days to hitchhike across the United States.

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Piketty, The Wall Street Journal, and rational conservatives

"Capital in the 21st Century" has almost had the effect of a tsunami on economic thinking in the U.S. after its translation into English washed up on our monoglot shores.

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Magnus Hirschfeld: Germany’s pioneer fighter for LGBTQ equality

Many unsung heroes exist in the gay liberation movement across the globe. One of them is the central figure in Ralf Dose's absorbing new short new biography.

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Farley Mowat: Writer, socialist and environmentalist

Canadian author Farley Mowat, who died on May 12, wrote with humour, keen perception and passionate social commitment, completing over 40 books and numerous articles.

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