Best progressive books of 2008?

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Best progressive books of 2008?

Hey babblers,

I'm compiling a round up of 2008's best in progressive books...any suggestions of books you've read you can recommend?



Great idea Alex!  I'm looking forward to the contributions by Babblers.  I'll have to review my reading from the year....

Bookish Agrarian

Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel (I think it was 2008, but maybe it was 2007)

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"Reconcilliation" - Benazir Bhutto.


"watching the tide roll away"

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remind wrote:

"Reconcilliation" - Benazir Bhutto.

I thought this was a list of "progressive" books???

[url= doesn't qualify as a progressive, by a long chalk.[/url] 

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Have you read it?

"watching the tide roll away"


Branding Miss G__: Third Wave Feminists and the Media, (2008) Sumach Press, by Michelle Miller

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[url=]The Duel: Pakistan on the Flight Path of American Power -- Tariq Ali[/url]

Unlike Benazir Bhutto, there is no questioning Tariq Ali's progressive credentials.

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Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations -- Iraq Vetrans Against the War[/url]

remind remind's picture

Ringing Cedars of Russia; a series by Anatasia

"watching the tide roll away"

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Oo! These are good ones...I'm definitely planning to read The Duel over the holidays...any interesting books on Canadian politics you've read?  I've been meaning to read the CCPA's recent book on Harper...has anybody read this?


Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are by Rob Walker . . . not one on Canadian politics but interesting nonetheless

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

alex wrote:
any interesting books on Canadian politics you've read?

I've already listed five.

Or do you define "politics" as meaning that which goes on in the House of Commons? 



M. Spector M. Spector's picture

[url=]My Life - Fidel Castro[/url]

[url=]Hope and Despair: My Struggle to Free My Husband, Maher Arar by Monia Mazigh[/url]

[url=]Dark Days by Kerry Pither[/url]

[url=]The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food by Wayne Roberts[/url]

[url=]Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent by Andrew Nikiforuk[/url]

[url= to the Last Drop: How Alberta Is Bringing Environmental Armageddon to Canada (And Doesn't Seem to Care) by William Marsden[/url]

[url= North: Terrorism and the Administration of Justice in Canada by Robert Diab[/url]

[url= Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War, by Conor Foley[/url]

[url=]Five Ring Circus: Myths and Realities of the Olympic Games, by Christopher Shaw[/url]




Definitely Pither's Dark Days. Why not give it to an MP?

Jacob Richter

Reading Das Kapital through Manga Smile


Tony Morrison's  "A mercy".  Not "progressive" in a
limited/conventional sense of the word, but definitely a beautiful
re-reading of early U.S. history (servitude, slavery, economic
skulduggery, etc.) .  More poetic than most of her books so
far.  Do not miss it.

(only 167 pages) 



Jose Saramago's "Seeing".

Sequel to "On Blindness".  

I preferred his earlier novel "The cave" , though. 



Hugo Bonjean's Seeds....of germination...or termination.

Its a fiction with a great premise to put in the hands of a 13 year old.

It's Me D

Jacob Richter wrote:
Reading Das Kapital through Manga Smile

Jacob if you see this post, are you reading in Japanese or is there an english translation? If so, is it available online? I've had no luck finding a translated and scanned copy but I'd be very interested in reading it if there is such a thing out there... thanks!


these are some of my favourite reads of 2008, although not all of them are copyrighted 2008, more of them are fairly recent publications.

The Challenge and Burden of Historical Time - Istvan Meszaros

Planet of Slums - Mike Davis

Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism - Ha-Joon Chang

Economics for Everyone - Jim Stanford

The World We Wish to See - Samir Amin

The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine - Ilan Pappe

The Limits of Capital (expanded edition) - David Harvey

Dilemmas of Domination - Walden Bello

The Collapse of Globalism - John Raulston Saul

Empire's Workshop - Greg Grandin



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M. Spector wrote:

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Sorry. I'm easily confused.