Sunday, September 15, 2013

Books from the library sale

As if I didn't have enough books on my to-read shelf, last week the Friends of the Wichita public library had their book sale. Saturday was bargain day, a bag of books for $5.00.  I couldn't resist.

The photo above is what I found--16 books, two not pictured.  They included three of four that I already have and can now freely loan out. From the top.

Frank Tannenbaum, Ten Keys to Latin America  (a classic from the early 1960s, but well worth reading--I'm wondering if I actually read it.)

Michael Harrington Socialism (one of my favorite Harrington books, which I can now loan out more freely)

Melvin Kranzberg and Joseph Gies, By the Sweat of Thy Brow: Work in the Western World (1986, looked interesting)

Margaret Fuller: From Transcendentalism to Revolution (biography of one of the first American feminists, associated with the Transcentendalists, but with a social, rather than individualistic, bent. I didn't know anything about her, but now I do.)

Pam McAllister (editor), Reweaving the Web of Life: Feminism and Nonviolence (I'll learn some new things from this I'm sure.)

Cornell West, Race Matters  (another duplicate to loan)

Michael Cloud, Secrets of Libertarian Persuasion (I'm wondering if this can be reverse-engineered, so to speak.)

Joe Conason Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth  (not sure whether I have this one or not)

Sepehr Zabih, The Communist Movement in Iran Hardcover  (This is from 1966, so it is dated in its treatment of the 1953 coup, but it's treatment of the Tudeh party as both a tool of Stalinist Russia and a complex movement with internal pressures to revolution and democracy and the presence of a non-Communist socialist left is well worth reading.)

David Caute, The Great Fear (a classic on McCarthyism and a duplicate)

David Brock, Blinded by the Right

Noreena Hertz, The Silent Takeover: Global Capitalism and the Death of Democracy 

John W. Dean, Conservatives without Consciences

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Richard Kirk, The Conservative Constitution (I think the conservative view of the constitution is mainly bunk. In skimming through this, that view was mainly confirmed, but I found a few surprises akin to Hayek's support for a minimum wage, etc in Roads to Serfdom.)

Theodore H. Von Laue, Why Lenin? Why Stalin? (I know I read this one a long time ago.  There was a later version that added Why Gorbachev to the title.  Would have been cool to have found that one.  Oh well.)

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