Martin Empson reviews an important book for activists, a frightening examination of the impact of industrial agriculture on the environment, and particularly biodiversity.
Article Types Archives: Book Reviews
Three important new books on the growing global environmental crisis, and two that mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution … Peter Wadhams, Razmig Keucheyan, Orrin Pilkey, Neil Faulkner, Paul Le Blanc, David Mandel
Ian Angus recommends three book reviews on ecological Marxism, and two websites that eviscerate climate science deniers.
‘Ian Angus’s distinctive contribution is to underscore, with his geologically grounded perspective, the need to combine immediate measures of relief with a long-term agenda of transformation.’
The authors of this book have very little to say about the Anthropocene, the crisis of the Earth System, or the new global epoch, and most of what they do say is misleading or wrong.
“In the opening pages, I immediately recognized that here was an author who actually gets what the ‘Anthropocene’ entails both in terms of the physical science and the political economy of our times and conveys this in such a readable and accessible style.”
Overfishing, pollution and warming water have pushed the world’s oceans into crisis. If nothing is done the results will be catastrophic for marine systems and the billions of humans who rely on them. To stop this destruction our society has to be organized in a completely different way.
Martin Empson reviews Farmageddon, an important expose of the disastrous failings of the global food system that never quite gets to the bottom of why the agricultural system is like it is.
Michael Roberts reviews John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century. This “powerful and searing indictment of the exploitation of billions of people,” argues that “the huge low wage proletariat that has emerged in the last 30 years is the key to the profits of imperialism.”
Book review: Tim Flannery’s ‘third way’ proposes techno-fixes for climate change that suppress some symptoms while leaving the disease alone.
Six new books for greens and lefts: Gender equality and sustainable development; Diet of austerity; Disaster profiteers; Climate change and poverty; Ecological economics for Anthropocene; The 1% and the rest of us
Well-written, but totally false, this fictional account of Lizzie Burns’s life with Friedrich Engels thoroughly misrepresents their revolutionary partnership.
Fred Magdoff reviews Labor and the Locavore. Can the ‘buy local food’ movement support both sustainable farming and justice for farmworkers?
Book review: “Economic expansion is unavoidable under capitalism, and destruction of the planet is the inexorable result.”
John Bellamy Foster reviews Johan Rockström’s call for a ‘Great Transition’ that combines the goal of prosperity for all with a stable and resilient planet, based on nine critical planetary boundaries.
Grabbing back … A world to build … The anthropology of utopia … We make our own history … Red skin, white masks … Dodging extinction … Plebeian power
Book Review: Elizabeth Kolbert’s best-selling account of mass extinctions blames human nature, ignoring the crucial role of capitalism’s relentless search for growth and accumulation.
Book Review: In ‘Tropic of Chaos,’ Christian Parenti presents a convincing and disturbing portrait of unfolding planetary crisis, but the solutions he offers don’t match the challenge.
In ‘Poison Spring’, an insider documents the culture of fraud and corruption that infests the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and endangers the lives of millions
Challenging common myths, Rebecca Solnit shows that ordinary people often respond to disaster with self-sacrifice, humanity, kindness and basic solidarity