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From killer insects to trash to degrowth, Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus presents six new books for understanding and changing the world

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Maree F Roberts reviews Vincent Bevins' book If We Burn: The Mass Protest Decade and the Missing Revolution, which chronicles the 2010's uprisings in Egypt, Brazil, Turkey, Ukraine and elsewhere, and asks why these mass protest movements failed to bring about revolutionary change.

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Suzanne James reviews Dr Rodney Symes' book, which reveals the societal abandonment of the basic human rights and bodily autonomy of our most vulnerable: dementia sufferers, the aged, the disabled and the terminally ill.

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Federico Fuentes reviews Uprising: The October Rebellion in Ecuador, an exceptional look at the October 2019 anti-neoliberal insurrection from the perspective of one of its central leaders.

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Alex Salmon reviews Knocking the top off: A people’s history of alcohol in Australia, edited by Alex Ettling and Iain McIntyre.

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Chris Slee reviews Benjamin Fong's book, Quick Fixes: Drugs in America from Prohibition to the 21st Century Binge, which examines the history of drug use and prohibition in the United States.

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Andrew Chuter reviews Their Blood Got Mixed, a graphic memoir through the heart of a remarkable experiment in self-determination.

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In their book, The Locked-up Country — a play on Donald Horne’s The Lucky Country — Tom Chodor and Sharar Hameiri meticulously chronicle how governments opted for seemingly unthinkable measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Fred Fuentes reviews.

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Cricketer Usman Khawaja challenging the banning of wearing messages supporting Palestine is the latest example of athletes countering the idea that 'sports and politics don't mix'. Alex Salmon reports. 

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Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus presents eight important new books for rebels and revolutionaries on your gift list

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Director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven) depicts the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte in his 2023 film, Napoleon. Alex Salmon reviews.