Ecosocialist bookshelf – October 2022

Ecosocialist Bookshelf

Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus presents seven new books for reds and greens.

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The Cosmic Oasis: The Remarkable Story of Earth’s Biosphere
By Mark Williams & Jan Zalasiewicz
Oxford University Press, 2022
A popular, non-technical account of the origin, history, and current state of life on Earth. The authors, who have played leading roles in defining the Anthropocene, show how patterns of diversity across the surface of the planet evolved, and how human activity is now degrading both biodiversity and the space in which life can exist.

Capitalism & Dispossession: Corporate Canada at Home and Abroad
Edited by David P Thomas & Veldon Coburn
Fernwood Publishing, 2022
A rigorous analysis of the role of Canadian corporate activity in processes of dispossession, including a broad range of case studies that highlight the role of Canadian corporations in producing, deepening and exacerbating conditions of dispossession both at home and abroad.

An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us
By Ed Yong
Alfred A. Knopf. 2022
Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electrical, magnetic and gravitational fields, but each living thing, including humans, can only sense a small fraction of that reality. Exploring how animals, fish and insects experience their surroundings provides dramatically different views of the world we share.

Care-Centered Politics: From the Home to the Planet
By Robert Gottlieb
MIT Press, 2022
Care, Gottlieb argues, must be universal — whether healthcare for all, care for the earth, care at work, or care for the household, shared equally by men and women. Urging strategic and structural reforms that imply radical and revolutionary change, he proposes a practical and utopian politics of daily life.

The Paris Commune — A Brief History
By Carolyn J. Eichner
Rutgers University Press, 2022
On March 18, 1871, Parisian women blocked the army from taking the artillery from their working-class neighbourhood. Ordered to fire, the troops instead turned and arrested their leaders. Thus began the Paris Commune, France’s revolutionary civil war that rocked the 19th century and shaped the 20th. Eichman’s brief account is an excellent introduction to the events Marx hailed as the first working-class revolution.

What Britain Did To Nigeria: A Short History of Conquest and Rule
By Max Siollun
Hurst & Company, 2021
Most accounts of Nigeria’s colonisation present it as a noble civilising mission that ended barbaric superstition and corrupt tribal leadership. Siollun demolishes imperial mythology, showing how ethnic and religious identity were cynically exploited to maintain control, while the forceful remolding of longstanding legal and social practices permanently altered the culture and internal politics of indigenous communities.

Ending Fossil Fuels: Why Net Zero is Not Enough
By Holly Jean Buck
Verso Books, 2021
The fossil fuel industry must come to an end, but will not depart willingly. Buck argues that rural-urban coalitions can build the political power needed to nationalise the fossil fuel industry, and to deploy geoengineering technologies to draw carbon out of the atmosphere.

[Reprinted from Climate and Capitalism. Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement.]