Books & Pamphlets – Anarcho-Syndicalist Review An independent labor magazine Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:56:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 50116405 Wobblies: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World Sat, 03 Mar 2018 21:54:03 +0000 edited by Paul Buhle and Nicole Schulman

From the struggles of the hard rock miners to the Wobbly revolt in Mexico, dozens of artists convey episodes from a century of Wobbly struggles.

306 pages, paper

The Anarchist Turn Sat, 03 Mar 2018 21:48:45 +0000 Continue reading ]]> edited by Jacom Blumenfeld, Chiara Botch and Simon Critchley.

14 contributors, some anarchists and some quite hostile to the anarchist tradition, explore anarchism as a political philosophy and ethical stance. But several contributors call for a revival of the anarchist movement and note that anarchism is much more than a philosophical tradition – it is a living tradition committed not only to organized resistance, but to building a free society.

272 pages, paper; published at $30, available from ASR for $12

Post-Anarchism: A Reader Sat, 03 Mar 2018 21:37:33 +0000 Continue reading ]]> edited by Duane Rousselle & Sureyyya Evren.

16 chapters explore post-anarchism – a post-structuralist approach completely divorced from actual organization and struggle which jettisons many of the insights anarchists have developed over 150 years of struggle in favor of a simple-minded focus on power and a fervent embrace of ideas Bakunin flirted with when he was becoming an anarchist, but grew out of. This book, in all fairness, has nothing to add to our understanding of anarchism or of modern society or of strategies for building a free society. But many who work in or around the academy may need to be familiar with this school of thought in order to engage with naive students and careless thinkers who have become entangled in it. 288 pages, paperback. Published at $35, available from ASR for $12

Immigrants, Unions and the New U.S. Labor Market Wed, 10 Jan 2018 19:06:13 +0000 Continue reading ]]> by Immanuel Ness. This book explores workplace organizing by immigrant workers in New York City, ignored by many unions, excluded from labor law’s limited protections, with nothing to rely upon except their solidarity and collective action.

230 pp., paper, published at $23.95

Miners on Strike Sat, 18 Nov 2017 22:26:18 +0000 by Andrew Richards. A study of the 1985 British miners’ strike and the conditions which led to its bitter defeat. hardcover. Published at $114

The Social Significance of the Modern Drama Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:30:55 +0000 A reprint of Emma Goldman’s 1914 collection of essays on the political implications of significant playwrights in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Anarchy! An Anthology of Emma Goldman’s Mother Earth Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:17:20 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Edited by Peter Glassgold, this expanded 2012 edition includes more than 80 articles from what was the leading English-language anarchist journal ever published in the United States. The articles, by famous anarchists and sympathizers and by activists now largely forgotten, are organized into sections on Anarchism, the Woman Question, Literature, Civil Liberties, the Social (i.e., class) War, and War and Peace. Glassgold offers a short history of the magazine, and closes the volume with Mother Earth’s account of the show trial of Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman that forced it to cease publication.

458 pages, paper, Published at $22.95. Available from ASR for $12

Castoriadis: A Society Adrift Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:24:39 +0000 Continue reading ]]> This posthumous collection of interviews and papers given by Castoriadis between 1974 and 1997 is a lively introduction to the thinking of a writer who never abandoned his radically critical stance. For this political thinker and longtime militant (co-founder of the revolutionary group Socialisme ou Barbarie), economist, psychoanalyst, and philosopher, two endless questions – how to understand the world and life in society – were intertwined with his own life and combats. In a chapter discussing the history of Socialisme ou Barbarie(1949-1967), Castoriadis presents the views he defended on subjects including a critique of Marxism and of the Soviet Union, the bureaucratization of society and of the workers’ movement, and the primacy of individual and collective autonomy.

Castoriadis constantly returns to the question of democracy as the never-finished, deliberate creation by the people of societal institutions, analyzing its past and its future in the Western world. He scathingly criticizes representative democracy and develops a conception of direct democracy extending to all spheres of social life. He wonders about the chances of achieving freedom and autonomy in a world of endless, meaningless accumulation of material goods, where the mechanisms for governing society have disintegrated, the relationship with nature is reduced to one of destructive domination, and, above all, the population has withdrawn from the public sphere: a world dominated by hobbies and lobbies-a society adrift.

Paperback, published at $45.

Left of the Left: My Memories of Sam Dolgoff Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:49:15 +0000 Continue reading ]]> A memoir of ASR co-founder Sam Dolgoff by his son, Anatole Dolgoff. AK Press, 2016, 400 pp., $22.

Sam Dolgoff (1902–1990) was a house painter by trade and member of the IWW from the early 1920s until his death. Sam, along with his wife Esther, was at the center of American anarchism for seventy years. This instant classic of radical history, written with passion and humor, conjures images of a lost New York City, the faded power of immigrant and working-class neighborhoods, and the blurred lines dividing proletarian and intellectual culture.

“If you want to read the god-honest and god-awful truth about being a radical in twentieth-century America, drop whatever you’re doing, pick up this book, and read it. Pronto! If you’re not crying within five pages, you might want to check whether you’ve got a heart and a pulse.” —Peter Cole, author of Wobblies on the Waterfront

The Revolution and the Civil War in Spain Thu, 21 Jul 2016 17:43:05 +0000 Continue reading ]]> A reissue of Pierre Broué and Emile Témine’s classic history, one of the first to acknowledge the effort at revolution in the midst of the war against the fascist coup.

591 pages, paperback, published at $50