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Here's a look back at May's political news and the best new albums that related to it. What albums would you suggest? Comment on TwitterFacebook, or email

April 2020 political albums sleeves

Mat Ward takes a look back at April's political news and the best new albums that related to it.

Cover of Manufacturing happy citizens how the science and industry of happiness control our lives

Sociology and critical theory are at their best when they reveal anew what we take most for granted. Who in their right mind would have anything critical to say about happiness? Edgar Cabanas and Eva Illouz certainly do in Manufacturing Happy Citizens, writes Gwenael Velge.

Cover of A Theatre for Dreamers by Polly Samson

Barry Healy reviews two stories — one a novel, the other a play — that examine the artists' colony on the Greek island of Hydra from the early 1950s to the early '60s.

The history of the Haitian slaves’ revolt has been well-documented by CLR James in The Black Jacobins, among other books. But the period in between has been largely left blank, writes Barry Healy.

Cover of Seducing and Killing Nazis

Nazi Germany's invasion of Holland was comparatively easy, but the Occupation was fraught due to the resistance. Among those who risked their lives in the struggle were three young women: Hannie Schaft and the sisters, Truus and Freddie Oversteegen. This book tells their story, writes Barry Healy.

Phil Shannon reviews Oxford University historian Marc Mulholland's book about the 19th century French Republican and communist revolutionary Emmanuel Barthélemy.

It is one more mind-boggling tragedy, in a world full of them, that COVID-19 can claim John Prine and yet Donald Trump is still alive, writes Carlo Sands.

March 2020 political albums artwork

Stuck in isolation? Mat Ward looks at some of the best political albums of March for you to pass the time with.

US singer songwriter David Rovics singing his brand new song "Viral solidarity", in Brisbane on March 14

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