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Australian Marxist Review

The AMR is the CPA’s periodical magazine of ideas, theory, policies, experience and discussion.

In this issue – #56 – July 2014 : Education

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May Day – A Short History of the International Workers’ Holiday 1886 - 1986

Paper back – 184 pages

by Philip S Foner
International Publishers, New York, 1986

This is the story of May Day! – a holiday born in the USA a hundred years ago and since 1890 celebrated by working people the world over. In this short history, Philip Foner clarifies the dramatic origins of labor’s May Day and recounts many highlights of May Day celebrations through the years. Here is a story with a multitude of heroes and heroines who protest the injustices of their time as they unite to demand shorter hours of labor and a world free from imperialist war. In a stirring panorama, labor’s May Day banners affirm the struggle for a better life now and the bright promise of a future still to be won.

The Aesthetics of Dostoyevsky

Hard cover – 220 pages

by Nadezhda Kashina
Raduga Publishers, Moscow, 1987

This book explores the aesthetic outlook of Dostoyevsky, as it found reflection in his unique literary writings. Professor Kashina concentrates on the writer’s views about art and man, and about beauty and its role in people’s lives. Dostoyevsky’s aesthetics are looked at against the background of the aesthetic theories of several of his contemporaries and predecessors in literature and philosophy. (From back cover.)

Anton Chekov: Collected Works Volume Four

Hard cover – 431 pages

Translated by Olga Shartse and Ivy Litvinov
Raduga Publishers, Moscow, 1988

“Chekov’s stories, both long and short, in which there is as little sentimentality as there is moisture in an autumn leaf, these precise and accurate sketches, these graphic lessons, so indisputable in their radiant clarity, where humour is the heart’s refuge — they enter into us whether we will it or not, like the heat or cold ... . If I had not read and reread Chekov, could I ever have seen those tremendous images that are still alive in my heart? His books merged with life, life took his books by storm, the watershed between imagination and reality disappeared ... .” Elsa Triolet, writer (1896 - 1970). (From inside cover.)

Women, Race & Class

Paper back – 271 pages

by Angela Davis
Vintage Books, NY, 1983

An extremely interesting book on women’s issues. It contains fascinating historical background on slavery, the emancipation struggle of Black women in the US, Communist women and women’s rights. It provides an excellent insight into the links between women’s issues, racism and the class struggle. Strongly recommended to our male as well as female readers.

Women Culture & Politics

Paper back – 238 pages

by Angela Davis
Vintage Books, 1990

“A veteran radical’s feisty views from the barricades ... Davis’s integrity here will inspire many.” – Kirkus

Blues Legacies and Black Feminism

Paper back – 427 pages

by Angela Davis
Vintage Books, 1999

“Extraordinary ... Davis has given voice to a complex feminist history that might have otherwise have eluded history.” – Newsday

JOHN BROWN: The Cost of Freedom

Paper back – 185 pages

by Louis A DeCaro Jr
International Publishers, NY, 2007

“John Brown’s Body” is a well known American marching song. It was sung during the US civil war and is still sung today by many progressive political activists. But how many people know much about John Brown’s life, his anti-slavery activities or the conditions of the time that shaped such a fighter’s thinking and determination? DeCaro’s book contains a wealth of interesting material, based on extensive research. The book contains a number of interesting illustrations.

The Man Who Cried Genocide: An Autobiography

Paper back – 234 pages

by William L Patterson
International Publishers, NY, 1991

This is an absorbing story. Patterson was the son of a slave mother, a friend of Paul Robeson and founder of the Civil Rights Congress which led mass campaigns to save the victims of racial oppression. He initiated the Petition to the UN charging the US government with genocide against Black people. His rich and dramatic life, his passionate struggle for human dignity, equality and socialism, make this book thoroughly contemporary.

Can Capitalism Last? A Marxist Update

Paper back – 197 pages

by Daniel Rubin
International Publishers, NY 2010

The book seeks to show why the influence of Marxism and socialism is growing and what value they have for the working people and the struggle for a better life. It brings together the major subjects of Marxism while dealing with contemporary developments such as the Soviet Union, Cuba and China. While making specific applications to the situation in the US, it is still very relevant to readers in Australia. The chapters cover the social ills of our time; political economy of capitalism; historical materialism; socialism and communism; getting there from here; Marxist methodology; and organisations necessary for winning progress and socialism. There is a very handy 13-page glossary explaining many of the terms used in the book. These range from the classic like surplus value, idealism, sectarianism through to the more recent financialisation and globalisation.

Red Roots, Green Shoots

Paper back – 168 pages

by Virginia Brodine
International Publishers, NY 2007

Looking for a Marxist approach to environmental issues? This might be the book for you. The first part of the book contains a collection of writings from newspaper columns, articles from People’s Weekly World and speeches. Part II is the text of a second edition of People and Nature Before Profits. The author recognises the important role that workers have to play on the job and in their communities to protect life on our planet, end the threat of nuclear destruction, and create a socialist economic system that does away with the profit that a very few gain from and pollutes the planet. The book can be read as a whole or by selecting chapters of particular interest.

Frederick Engels: His Life and Work

Hard cover – 466 pages

Progress Publishers

This coffee table book offers over 400 pages of historic photos and graphics accompanied by an explanatory text. As Lenin said, “The name and life of Engels should be known to every worker….” And what better starting point than such a great volume of rich material.

Would make an excellent gift.

The Philippines: Colonialism, Collaboration, and Resistance!

Paper back – 352 pages

by William J Pomeroy
International Publishers, 1992

On May 1, 1898 a US fleet of nine warships steamed into Manila Bay in the Spanish colony. This event marked the emergence of the US on the world scene as an imperialist power. The Philippines, with all its people, became a possession of the US. This Marxist history maps out the struggle for national independence, freedom and the democratic development of the Philippines. Pomeroy and his wife Celia Mariano, a Huk leader, were deeply involved in the struggle of the Philippine people. They were captured in 1952 and served 10 years as political prisoners until pardoned after a US campaign for their release. He now lives in exile in England.

They Shall Not Pass – The Autobiography of La Pasionaria

Paper back – 351 pages

by Dolores Ibarruri
International Publishers, 2005

They Shall Not Pass is a most powerful and moving account of the Spanish Civil War by an outstanding, courageous revolutionary who was always at the side of workers and peasants. It tells the story of the people, the poor and exploited, their exploiters including Rio Tinto and their struggle to build a future of peace and democracy. In writing the book, she set out to “offer written testimony to the traditions of struggle of the Spanish people, and to set forth the truth about our war in answer to the lies of reactionary propaganda of yesterday and today.” Apart from being an important historical record, the book gives a valuable insight into capitalism and how it responds in times to progressive and democratic resistance, in particular, during times of economic crisis.

Kwame Nkrumah

Paper back – 180 pages

by Yuri Smertin
International Publishers, 2002

This is an extremely interesting book about a farsighted African leader with a world outlook and concept of African unity and development along socialist lines. He occupies a special place in the history of the African continent’s national liberation struggles during the 1950s and ‘60s, when African nations gained their political independence from their Western colonisers. He recognised that the struggles in Africa were part of the global anti-imperialist movement. Known as the “Father of the Nation”, Nkrumah died in exile, having been previously deposed in a reactionary coup. He left an extensive theoretical legacy. Smertin’s study of Nkrumah’s life and work explains his contribution to Ghana’s independence and development, including errors and miscalculations.

The Globalisation of Poverty and the New World Order

Paper back– 377 pages

by Michel Chossudovsky
Publisher: Global Research, 2003

This is a second edition with valuable updates and additional chapters that not only deal with important economic questions but extremely well researched and revealing information on experiences in Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Latin America, the former Soviet Union and the Balkans. Michel Chossudovsky spent considerable time researching his topics, including extensive travels in many of the countries reported on. The part on the New World Order includes coverage of the dismantling of the welfare state, narrowing of the tax base, illusory independence of central banks and the crisis of the state. If you thought the The Global Economic Crisis – The Great Depression of the XXI Century (edited by Michel Chossudovsky and Anderw Gavin Marshall) was great, then wait until you read this one. An absolute must!

The Global Economic Crisis – The Great Depression of the XXI Century

Paper back– 306 pages

Editors: Michel Chossudovsky and Andres Gavin Marshall
Publisher: Global Research, 2010

This just published compilation of articles by 16 researchers, analyists, authors and others on the left gives a comprehensive analysis on the present economic crisis. The book is divided into five parts: The Global Economic Crisis; Global Poverty; War, National Security and World Government; The Global Monetary System; and The Shadow Banking System.

The book is rich with detailed information that digs beneath the surface and exposes the lies and distortions of media, politicians and bourgeois economists. The language is very accessible, technical terms are explained clearly. Links are made between the economic, political, military and social developments. It exposes the myth of economic recovery, who was behind the crisis, who benefits and the horrendous impact it has had on millions of people around the world.

The chapters by Michel Chossudovsky provide an over view of the global economic crisis; global poverty and the economic crisis; and war and the economic crisis. Marshall looks at the political economy of world government; central banking and management of the global political economy; and the financial new world order – towards a global currency. Other authors include Mike Whitney, Ellen Brown, Tom Burghardt, James Petras and Bill Van Auken.

It is a must read for political activists, trade unionists, peace activists and anyone else wishing to learn more about the global economic crisis and 21st century imperialism.

Eureka and Beyond Monty Miller his own story

Paper back –110 pages

edited by Vic Williams

At a young age Monty Miller fought and was wounded in the Eureka Stockade in 1854. At 85 he was sentenced to six months hard labour for his leadership in the anti-conscription struggles in 1917. This book contains Monty’s own description of the Eureka Stockade, extracts from another work “Labor’s Road to Freedom” with an introduction by Katharine Susannah Throssell (Pritchard). There is an introduction by Vic Williams along with his poem “Are You Ready Monty Miller?” It is a first-hand account of one of Australia’s most historic events. Written in a colourful and entertaining style, you won’t be able to put it down until the end. Buy two copies – one for yourself, and one for a friend.

V. Mayakovsky – 2 – Longer Poems

Hard back – 302 pages
Publisher: Raduga, 1986

“Amidst senile poetical systems with their classifications of dawns and twilights, Mayakovsky’s voice came crashing like a builder’s sledge-hammer. In the collective heart of his people the poet found source for new melodies. up to this day, the tenderness and brilliance of this remarkable poet remain a unique highlight of poetic epoch.” — Pablo Neruda, Chile

V. Mayakovsky – 3 – Plays, Articles, Essays

Hard back – 254 pages
Publisher: Raduga, 1987

“Mayakovsky first spoke aloud and straight in the Revolution of October 1917. He spoke in the name of the Revolution, on hehalf of Soviet Russia. His heart in time with the pulse of life in the new world that was being built. Soviet Russia equipped him for his great journey, as a mother equips her son. She gave him strength, willpower. talent and a voice that could drown out a storm and easily overcome all obstacles at any latitude or longitude.” — Nazym Hikmet, Turkey.

Harvest Time and other poems

Paper back – 81 pages

by Vic Williams

A superb collection of well known communist poet Vic William’s writings including Harvest Time, Three Golden Giants, Forgotten Men, Speak for US, I Will Make a Bowl, Salute to the Cubans, Pablo Neruda, and My Baby Cries. Vic’s poems reflect the struggles and aspirations of the working class. They deal with work, drought, economic crisis, war, internationalism, history, love and they offer hope and solutions. They are great working class poems, full of passion, strong imagery and confidence in the working class. A must on every bookshelf and a great present for anyone interested in Australian literature or who just loves good poetry.

King Leopold’s Soliloquy

Paper back – 95 pages

by Mark Twain
International Publishers, NY

Mark Twain is well known for his humorous writings. There is a cloak of silence surrounding his political works. This “forgotten” work, written in support of the Congo people, is not to be found in the standard collected works. It is a biting satire fired with the hate of injustice, a historic exposé of imperialism. It roused the world to the horrors of the brutal crimes of colonisation in the Congo in the early 20th century. Mark Twain took seriously the writer’s duty to be the conscience of his time. He travelled widely, “I am an anti-imperialist,” he told the press, in 1900. “I am opposed to having the eagle put his talons on any other land.”

Slipped Through the Net – The story of Melrose Desmond Donley

Paper back – 158 pages

by Elly Inta

Taken from his mother at the age of six months, Des Donley became a ward of state, in and out of foster homes and then on to a Salvation Army Orphanage. At 15 he was farmed out to a family as virtual slave labour, working from 3.30 in the morning until 9 at night, sleeping in shed with a prickly straw pillow. Only at the age of 18, he ended his isolation, entered the paid workforce, found girls, dancing, music and had a few drinks. He became a union delegate, joined the Communist Party and spent a life fighting for others. The fair skinned Des was in his 60s when he learnt of his Aboriginality. He is still fighting, at the age of 94, for his stolen wages.

The Traeger Kid

Paper back– 108 pages

by Margaret Sharpe
Alternative Publishing Cooperative Ltd (Australia)

A delightful novel by Margaret Sharpe telling the story of an Aboriginal girl in Central Australia and her journey to Brisbane. It is revealing in its details, full of the warmth and joy of a child who gains pride in her own language, Aranda, and loves her country. There are a number of sub-themes about Aboriginal lifestyle and culture, differences between city and country life, the impact of land clearance by White settlers.

Written in the early 1980s, it is a trip down memory lane for older readers. Dr Sharpe knows her subject well. It is a book for children and adults alike. An enjoyable read.

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Three Golden Giants and other poems

Paper back – 56 pages

by Vic Williams

Many readers will know Vic Williams, a veteran comrade now in his 90s living in Western Australia. Vic is one of the best working class and communist poets of Australian literature. Vic’s writing comes from a lifetime of struggle and experiences, in particular in industry and on the Fremantle waterfront.

Katharine Susannah Prichard wrote: “He fuses a passionate and sensuous vision of the earth he knows and loves with thought, direct and forceful, about everyday life and work of men and women. There is, I think, a high rare quality in Victor Williams’ poetry.”

Three Golden Giants and other poems contains some of his most popular poems. The lines: I do not live with a divided heart. One love, one aim, once class my loyalty… from “The Undivided Heart” are illustrative of the direct and forceful approach. In all there are 21 poems in the booklet, including “Delegate”; “Speak for Us, Pablo Neruda”; “Along the Waterfront”; and “My Baby Cries”.

Ernesto Che Guevara

Hard cover – 311 pages

by I Lavretsky
Progress Publishers

Lavretsky tells the story of the young Argentinian medical student who became a great revolutionary fighter for the liberation of the Latin American peoples. The author draws on numerous documents, press items, and notes of personal conversations with friends, relatives and comrades-in-arms of Che.

There is a wealth of photos, including a number taken in Moscow and Leningrad. The book gives great insight into many of the problems faced by Cuba following the revolution when Che was Minister of Industry and in the leadership of the Communist Party. It deals with relations with the former Soviet Union and takes the reader through to Che’s murder in Bolivia in 1967 when leading a guerrilla unit fighting for the national liberation of Bolivia.

What is Surplus Value? (ABC of social and political knowledge)

Paper back – 300 pages

by T Volkova & F Volkov

If you would like to understand the driving force of capitalism, how workers are exploited and the methods that corporations use to boost profits, then is a great introductory text. For those who already have some knowledge, it is still worth reading as a refresher and to fill in the gaps.

Classes and the Class Struggle? (ABC of social and political knowledge)

Paper back – 263 pages

by A Yermakova & V Ratnikov

How often have you heard it said that the class struggle is dead, that the way forward is for workers to cooperate with employers? The book defines classes, deals with the origin and evolution of class, peculiarities of class struggle in modern times, the role of the class struggle, its various forms and moves on to the question of socialism and classless society.

What are Trade Unions (ABC of social and political knowledge)

Paper back – 156 pages

by E Utkin

This an extremely useful book for trade unionists and anyone else interested in the origin and role of trade unions in society. It ties in with the question of surplus value and class struggle. It looks at the position of trade unions in developing and socialist countries as well as industrialised capitalist states. There is also a chapter on the international trade union movement. Published in 1988, its references to Apartheid are dated, but its contents are still relevant.

What is the Working People’s Power? (ABC of social and political knowledge)

Paper back – 288 pages

by D Dmiterko & V Pugachev

This is a very interesting book which starts by looking at the types of exploiter states and the essence of the bourgeois state. It devotes a chapter to bourgeois democracy, lifting many of the myths associated with the bourgeois concepts of philosophy. The following chapters deal with the struggles of the working class for working people’s power, the Marxist Leninist theory of the socialist revolution before moving on the socialist state.

What is the Party? (ABC of social and political knowledge)

Paper back – 285 pages

by Ye Bugaev

Lenin wrote a great deal about the need for a party of a special type. This book examines the type of party that the working class need – its policies, functions, structures, links to the people and much more that make a revolutionary party. It also gives some insight into the Communist Party in the former Soviet Union.

Elitist Revolution or Revolution of the Masses?

Paper back – 205 pages

Mikhail Gavlin & Liliya Kazakova

The book analyses current American and British theories of social revolution. It subjects to criticism the treatment by bourgeois authors of the essence and nature of social revolution and their significance in the process of society. The authors reveal the class bias of bourgeois theories, their continuity and connection with old conceptions and the general task of bourgeois social revolutions.

First published 1980, English version 1988.

Clara Zetkin: Selected Writings

Paper back – 206 pages

edited by Philip S Foner

"In January, 1915, the British journal Labour Woman wrote of Clara Zetkin:

'She is Socialist in her very fibre, and she is a fighter ready to face death rather than give way in any issue of import in the people 's struggle.'

Through her journal Gleichheit (Equality), with a circulation in 1914 of 125,000 ... she was able to exert a powerful influence in the formation of socialist and communist policy on the woman question, and on the policy of a number of trade unions toward women workers ... "

Clara Zetkin called upon "the workers to throw their whole power into the struggle against imperialist wars without the slightest hesitation or reserve."

From the introduction by Philip S Foner.

Five Plays

Paper back – 164 pages

by Michelene Wandor

As well as being a playwright for stage, radio and television, Michelene Wandor is also a poet and critic. She was Poetry Editor for Time Out from 1971-1982, and reviewed plays and books for various newspapers and journals. Her other publications include Upbeat (poems and stories, Journeyman), Understudies (on theatre and sexual politics, Methuen), and, as editor, On anthologies of plays by women, published annually.

The plays are:

  • To Die Among Friends
  • The Old Wives' Tale
  • Whores d'Oeuvres
  • Scissors
  • Aid Thy Neighbour

Basics for Peace, Democracy & Social Progress

Paper back – 329 pages

by Gus Hall

Problems need not only clarifying analysis but also workable solutions, and the writings in this book by Gus Hall, General Secretary of the communist Party, USA, meet both criteria. The reader will meet a brilliant working-class intellect combining with a vast store of militant experience.

For an extract of the book see Issue 1412 of The Guardian - "But is that enough?".

But now we want the land back

Special price $9
Paper back – 202 pages

by Hannah Middleton

This is the first Marxist analysis of the history of the Australian Aborigines. It is a partisan book, carefully documented but also human and moving. The Aborigines have lived in Australia for at least 60,000 years; white people for 220. In the book the balanced and cooperative nature of Aboriginal traditional society, the brutal and tragic story of white colonisation and the growth of organised black resistance to discrimination and exploitation are analysed. In the final section the place of the Aboriginal national minority in the Australian nation is shown and the role of the capitalist establishment, the media and ultra radical ideology in destroying the crucial land rights campaign and in splitting the Aborigines from their white working class allies is exposed. It ends with an assessment of the future for the first Australians and an appeal for unity in the struggle for their rights.

This book is essential reading for anyone committed to justice and equality for the Aboriginal people of Australia.

Finding the Threads

Paper back – 54 pages

by Tricia Bowen

In October 2005, Feltex Carpets retrenched 165 workers from its Braybrooks site. Some had worked there for 40 years.

These are their stories - stories of shared lifetimes, families, food, friendship, injuries, jokes, fights, strikes and struggle and of many languages and cultures forging a community.

Finding the threads captures the comradeship, the wisdom and the connections of this group of retrenched Feltex workers.

Cold tea for Brandy - A Tale of Protest, Painting and Politics

Paper back – 432 pages

by Joan Coxsedge

Joan did not grow up on easy street. She started life in the Depression years in Ballarat and knows what it is to be evicted and to go without. Alcohol and gambling ate up the meagre family income. This personal, lively account of her early days is a reminder to older readers of those tough times and for younger readers a powerful picture of those days and how much has been achieved since then by the labour, women’s and other social movements.

Talking about the future – Is Mankind Heading for a Raw Material Crisis?

Paper back – 184 pages

In the 1970s, the world community was once again confronted with the questions: is mankind threatened by a raw materials crisis?, will the world economy be able to cope with this problem in the future? There is no simple answer to these questions. The prospects for the development of the world resource situation are dependent on a vast range of objective factors and potential limitations. The efficient and mutually beneficial use of the planet's materials and resources base in the interests of the entire human race, the application of promising technologies and the exploitation of non-traditional sources of energy are the avenues that would allow mankind to view the road ahead with optimism.

Progress Publishers 1989

Marshal of the Soviet Union – G Zhukov

$27 per volume.
Hard cover – Volume 1: 454 pages, Volume 2: 486 pages

Sub Title: Reminiscences and Refections – Volume 1 & 2

Volume 1:

Volume 2:

At all stages of the war, in strategic, tactical and organisational matters, Zhukov was already clearheaded and sharp, bold in his decisions, skilled in finding his bearings, in anticipating developments and picking the right instant for a decisive stroke. Making the most fateful decisions, he was astoundingly cool and level headed. He was a man of extraordinary courage and self-possession. I have never seen him flustered or depressed – not even at critical moments. On the contrary, at moments like that he was only more forceful, more resolute, and more concentrated.

A M Vasilevsky
from back cover Volume 2.

The "American Model" on the Scales of History

Paper back – 232 pages

by Andrei Kortunov & Alexander Nikitin

The main questions of which the authors consider are whether the American recipes for economic, social and political development can be applied to other countries and societies; whether America can serve as an example and instructor for them; whether or not the "American model" meets the requirements of social progress; and whether it is applicable to other countries at all, or is it in need of serious reconsideration within itself.


An Illustrated History of the Great October Socialist Revolution

Hard cover– 400 pages

by Albert Nenarokov

This hardcover book offers 400 pages of historic photos and text, month by month throughout the year of 1917. There are many classic photos and others that are not so familiar. The text gives a blow by blow description of developments. It is a book that can be read from cover to cover or just picked up to study individual photos and sections of text.



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