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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, June 2018

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New Books! Red-Green Revolution. Rural Class Struggle. Climate Anthropology. Will Big Business Destroy the Planet? A Climate Justice Comic. Plundering Africa. Global Inequality.

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New Books! Red-Green Revolution. Class Struggle in the Countryside. Will Big Business Destroy the Planet? A Climate Justice Comic. Plundering Africa. Global Inequality. Climate Anthropology. 

Ecosocialist Bookshelf is an occasional feature. We can’t review every book we receive, but we will list and link to any that seem relevant to Climate & Capitalism’s mission, along with brief descriptions. Titles listed here may be reviewed in future.

Please note: Inclusion of a book does not imply endorsement, or that we agree with everything (or even anything!) the book says.

Victor Wallis
The Politics and Technology of Ecosocialism

Political Animal Press, 2018
Sound ecological policy requires a socialist framework based on democratic participation. Political scientist Victor Wallis provides both a devastating critique of capitalism’s assault on our planet, and a focused discussion of the institutions, technologies, and social relationships that will determine our shared future.

Martin Empson
Class Struggle and Change in the English Countryside

Bookmarks, 2018
This exciting and highly readable new book by frequent C&C contributor Martin Empson explores six centuries of rural rebellion in England, showing how laborers resisted the development of capitalism, fought to control their land and labor and built powerful organizations to defend their rights and livelihoods.

Peter Dauvergne

Polity Books
Corporate spin-doctors promise that their commitment to corporate social responsibility will save the planet. Peter Dauvergne shows that they are actually doing far more to destroy than protect our planet. Trusting big business to lead sustainability can lead to catastrophe: their power must be reined in, starting now.

Jean Tepperman & Alfred Twu

Sunflower Alliance, 2017
This 34-page comic book for youth and adults is an important tool for popular education and organizing. 16-year-old Gabe Sanchez travels 50 years into the future, sees the destruction wrought by climate change, and learns how people today are fighting to stop fossil fuels and build a green economy. Download the pdf, and order printed copies to build your campaigns.

Lee Wengraf
Imperialism, Neoliberalism and the New Scramble for Africa

Haymarket Books, 2018
A piercing historical explanation of poverty and inequality in African societies today, and social impact of modern resource-driven growth. As well as to exposing exploitation and imperial plunder, Lee Wengraf presents exciting narratives of grassroots organizing and protest that show the potential for resistance to global capital and fundamental change.

Jason Hickel
Global Inequality from Conquest to Free 

W.W. Norton, 2018
Global inequality is not natural or inevitable, and it is certainly not accidental. The global economy has been designed over the course of five hundred years of conquest, colonialism, regime change, and globalization to favor the interests of the richest and most powerful nations. Jason Hickel explains how the divide was created and proposes ways to eliminate it.

Hans A. Baer & Merrill Singer
An Integrated Critical Perspective
(Second Edition)
Routledge, 2018
This overview of the anthropology of climate change, guided by a critical political ecological framework, examines the emergence and slow maturation of the discipline, and presents three alternative contemporary theoretical perspectives. This  edition is updated to include literature published since the first edition in 2014.