Books & music

Alex Salmon reviews Catrine Clay's Good Germans, which focuses on six resisters, who risked their lives to oppose the Nazi regime in Germany from 1933-45.

Jim McIlroy reviews Comrades! Lives of Australian Communists, which brings together 100 short biographies of militants from the original Communist Party of Australia (CPA).

Reading Joe Sacco is to walk, albeit briefly, in the shoes of those who suffer most from the unjust global balance of power, writes Andrew Chuter.

Jim McIlroy reports that about 200 people joined the online launch of SEARCH Foundation’s new book Comrades! Lives of Australian Communists.

Political albums from October 2020

As the fucked-up doom of the US election looms, Mat Ward looks back at October's political news and the best new music that related to it. 

Karl Marx drew on horror, gothic and fantasy literature throughout his mature works, evoking the power, wonder and terror of capital through supernatural allusions writes Aleks Wansbrough.

Neville Spencer reviews John Bellamy Foster's The Return of Nature, which examines the ecological thought of those who came after Karl Marx and were influenced by his philosophy, politics and ecology.

Alex Salmon reviews a new edition of Stephen J Pyne's book, which examines the history of fire and humanity’s attempts to shape and use it.

Chris Slee takes a look at a new book that explores the huge environmental cost of China's rapid economic growth over the past 40 years.

Simon Butler reviews an important new book that argues gradual reforms can’t resolve the crises humanity faces today.

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