Recent Books

  • Advocate and Activist

    Price: $34.95

    Best known as the longtime chief counsel to the Communist Party of the United States, John Abt also was one of Angela Davis’s first attorneys and the man Lee Harvey Oswald wanted to defend him after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In Advocate and Activist, John Abt and Michael Myerson provide a detailed account of a life that touched and was touched by the labor and left-wing political movements in the United States for nearly sixty years. Abt went to Washington, D.C., in the early 1930s to join the New Deal. He worked in a succession of government posts and for the LaFollette Civil Liberties Committee. He was Sidney Hillman’s counsel in the labor movement and a top aide to Henry Wallace’s 1948 presidential campaign. At the height of McCarthyism he became the Communist party’s chief counsel. Defending the party in the Smith Act and McCarran Act prosecutions, he succeeded at dismantling the acts piece by piece, establishing precedents and making sure that being a Communist was not illegal....

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  • Shadows of Race and Class

    Price: $16.95

    The American debate about justice and equality had its roots in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s; since that time, both scholarly and popular theorists have repeatedly attempted to answer the historically enduring question: Is the black population’s subordinate position in American society determined by issues of race or by those of class?

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  • Imperial Fictions

    Price: $17.50

    SynopsisThis is a study of Western representations of the East, especially the world of Islam. It focuses on nineteenth-century travel literature, particularly the works of Antoine Galland, Edward William Lane, Richard Burton, Charles Montagu Doughty and T.E. Lawrence. The author argues that “Western writers,travelers, poets, and painters have depicted the East in a manner that accords more with their own fantasies than with reality. . . . {They present} imagesof sensual harems and of cruel sultans, of women versed in the arts of eroticplay and tantalizing desire, seducing men both passionate and violent.” (Am Hist Rev) Bibliography. Index. From The CriticsThe New York Times Book ReviewIn much the same way their fellow Victorians swarmed over the world classifying new phyla of butterflies, gentlemen adventurers like T.E. Lawrence and Sir Richard Burton set out to catalogue ‘scientifically’ the living habits of the Eastern Moslems. The poet and translator Rana Kabbani claims in this provocative and appropriately subversive book that their vision was fatally clouded....

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  • Acts of Fiction

    Price: $14.95

    Table of ContentsList of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsA Note on TranslationsIntroduction1 Traveling Miscognito: Revolution and Symbolic Resolution 12 Viral Fictions: Sade and the Pox of Libertinism 433 Politics and Paleontology: Reading the Past in Balzac’s Colonel Chabert and Cesar Birotteau 674 Traveling from the Orient to Aurelia: Nerval Looks for the Words 1015 The Esthetic Mask: Irony and Allegory in Baudelaire’s Spleen de Paris 125Conclusion 149Appendix: “Le Mauvais Vitrier” 155Works Cited 161Index 169

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  • The Death and Rebirth of American Radicalism

    Price: $26.95

    The Death and Rebirth of American Radicalism differentiates the “Social Justice Left” from “Cultural Radicalism” and the various social movements for individual freedom.In The Death and Rebirth of American Radicalism, Stanley Aronowitz asks the question, “Is there anything left of the Left?” With the rise of Newt Gingrich and his “Contract With America,” how is it that conservativism staged such a remarkable recovery after being discounted in the turbulent 1960s? Aronowitz addresses these and other burning issues of contemporary politics. Stanley Aronowitz is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Cultural Studies at City University of New York. He is the co-editor of Technoscience and Cyberculture (Routledge, 1995), and author of Dead Artists, Live Theories and Other Cultural Problems (Routledge, 1993) and The Politics of IdentityN (Routledge, 1991), among many other titles.

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  • Remote Control

    Price: $19.95

    “Like her work as a visual artist, Kruger’s essays, published in such journals as Artforum and the Village Voice, are about the ideological messages encoded in popular culture and how those messages convey certain attitudes toward the roles of women and minorities. Probing such seemingly innocuous television programming as “L.A. Law,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Home Shopping Club,” “Good Morning, America,” and the Iran-Contra hearings, as well as more subversive cultural products such as the independent films of Yvonne Rainer and Chantal Ackerman, Howard Stern’s radio show, and the work of Andy Warhol, Kruger deconstructs media and art and shows how words and images manipulate and obscure meaning as they are force-fed down our throats. Kruger is an important contemporary artist, and her writing, while somewhat dense and polemical, is worthy of examination.” — Benjamin Segedin

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