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Books about Communism
[Che] Che Guevara :a revolutionary life by Jon Lee Anderson
Publisher's note: "After World War II, as the postcolonial world exploded in independence movements and armed insurrections, there emerged a handsome, dashing champion of the poor and dispossessed, an Argentine doctor named Che Guevara. Che's dream was an epic one: to unite Latin America and the rest of the developing world through armed revolution and to end once and for all the poverty and injustice he saw there."
[The Complete Idiot's Guide 
to Communism] The Complete Idiot's Guide to Communism by Rodney P. Carlisle
James Crabtree's review: "This book discusses, in a general way, Communism and its place in the 20th century. As such, it does a very good job, giving the reader an idea of who was who, the relevence of certain ideas, historical context, etc..."
[A Documentary History of 
Communism and the World] A Documentary History of Communism and the World: From Revolution to Collapse by Robert V. Daniels
Daniels in NY Review of Books: "The present work has been deliberately focused on the subject of Communist thought and doctrine, for reason of its commanding importance, its relative uniformity within the Communist scheme of things, and the appropriateness of the documentary approach to its elucidation. We will be primarily concerned with the evolution of top-level guiding ideas, policies and intentions among the Communists."

Books about Marxism
Manifesto] Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Publisher's Note: "After some four years of collaboration Marx and Engels produced this account of their conception of Communism, in which they envisage a society without classes, private property or a state. The Manifesto claims that the increasing exploitation of industrial workers will produce a global economic crisis, leading to a revolution in which Capitalism is overthrown by the new working class. This vision of Communism provided the theoretical basis of the political systems in Russia, China, Cuba and Eastern Europe, affecting the lives of millions throughout most of the last century."

Books about Socialism
[ABCs of Soviet 
Socialism] ABCs of Soviet Socialism by James R. Millar
From GWU Web Page: "Previously, Professor Millar was Director of International Programs/Studies and Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois. He was a Wilson Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. He received his B.A. from the University of Texas and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Professor Millar teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Soviet and Post-Soviet economics"

Books about Anarchism
[Anarchy] Anarchy by John Cage
Synopsis: "That government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have." This quote from Henry David Thoreau's Essay on Civil Disobedience is one of thirty quotations from which John Cage created Anarchy, a book-length lecture comprising twenty mesostic poems. Composed with the aid of a computer program to simulate the coin toss of the I Ching, Anarchy draws on the writings of many serious anarchists including Emma Goldman, Peter Kropotkin, and Mario Malatesta, not so much making arguments for anarchism as "brushing information against information, " giving the very words new combinations that de-familiarize and re-energize them. Now widely available for the first time, Anarchy marks the culmination of Cage's work as a poet, composer and as a thinker about contemporary society.
[Twenty-First Century 
Anarchism] Twenty-First Century Anarchism: Unorthodox Ideas for the New Millennium by Jon Purkis
Annotation: "Among the dozen topics are social welfare, popular culture in 1990s Britain, Fredy Perlman and the literature of subversion, transport and consumerism, the curse of the drinking classes, and 21st-century sex."

Diaries] Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
Publisher's note: "In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on an ancient Norton motorbike. The journey would last six months and would take them thousands of miles, all the way up from Argentina to Venezuela. En route there would be disasters and discoveries, high drama, low comedy, fights, parties and a lot of serious drinking. They would meet an extraordinary range of people: native Indians and copper miners, lepers, police, wanderers and tourists. They would become stowaways, firemen and football coaches; they would join in a strike. They would sometimes fall in love, and frequently fall off the motorbike."
[Stalin] Stalin: The First In-Depth Biography Based on Explosive New Documents from Russia's Secret Archives by Edvard Radzinsky
Publisher's note: "From the author of The Last Tsar, the first full-scale life of Stalin to have what no previous biography has entirely gotten hold of: the facts. Granted privileged access to Russia's secret archives, Edvard Radzinsky paints a picture of the Soviet strongman as more calculating, ruthless, and blood-crazed than has ever been described or imagined. Stalin was a man for whom power was all, terror a useful weapon, and deceit a constant companion."
Cage] John Cage: Composed in America by Marjorie Perloff
From Booklist: "The late John Cage began his career in the late 1930s as an experimental composer whose prepared piano and percussion works established him as a master of rhythm and sonority. After 1950, his music became ever more conceptually daring, including individual pieces ranging from the notorious, silent piano composition, 4:33, to works created by using star charts, street maps, and the I Ching as compositional tools. His writings became popular enough that he is today recognized as a great experimental writer. His collaborations with choreographer Merce Cunningham helped establish a new style of ballet. Through such work, he became crucial in the international avant-garde and influenced several generations of composers, writers, and artists. This volume's contents, derived from presentations made at a Stanford conference held shortly before Cage's death in 1992, pay tribute to Cage the "polyartist." They include Cage's last major writing, "Overpopulation and Art," and 10 essays by well-regarded humanities scholars. John Shreffler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title."
[Why Orwell 
Matters] Why Orwell Matters by Christopher Hitchens
Publisher's note: "In this brilliant and contemplative biographical essay, Christopher Hitchens assesses the life, the achievement, and the myth of the great political writer and participant George Orwell. The result is the perfect convergence of two kindred spirits. Hitchens has long regarded Orwell as a mentor and model, and in true emulative and contrarian style, he is both adulatory and aggressive, sympathetic yet critical, taking true measure of his subject as hero and as problem."

Cookbooks with good pancake recipes
Cookbook] The Good Enough to Eat Breakfast Cookbook by Carrie Levin
The line-up: Pancakes and Blintzes, Pancakes, 4-Grain Pancakes, The Diner Stack, Apple Pancake with Apple-Raisin Topping, Protein Pancakes, Blueberry Pancakes, Banana-Walnut Pancakes, Peter Paul Pancakes, Stephanie's Swedish Pancakes, Buckwheat Pancakes!

Fiction inspired by Communism
Backward] Looking Backward by Edward Bellamy
Slosh says: "One of his close relations wrote the pledge of allegiance, originally as a bit of socialist propaganda. That was before the 'under god' days. The main point then was 'liberty and justice for all'."
[Ecotopia] Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston by Ernest Callenbach
Publisher's note: "...the skeptical Weston is by turns impressed, horrified, and overwhelmed by Ecotopia's strange practices: employee ownership of farms and businesses, the twenty-hour work week, the fanatical elimination of pollution, "mini-cities" that defeat overcrowding, devotion to trees bordering on worship, a woman-dominated government, and bloody, ritual war games."
[The Book of Laughter and 
Forgetting] The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
Publisher's note: " Rich in its stories, characters, and imaginative range, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting is the novel that brought Milan Kundera his first big international success in the late 1970s. Like all his work, it is valuable for far more than its historical implications. In seven wonderfully integrated parts, different aspects of human existence are magnified and reduced, reordered and emphasized, newly examined, analyzed, and experienced."
Party] Farewell Party by Milan Kundera
An anonymous reviewer writes: "Milan Kundera is one of the writers and intellectuals closely affiliated with Alexander Dubcek's, Prague Spring, that failed attempt to create a safe haven for "socialism with a human face." Soviet tanks ended The Prague Spring before it could really begin in 1968.... Kundera, who was unrepentant, suffered exclusion from the writer's union, loss of his teaching post at the Prague Film School, denial of a passport and the banning of his plays--and that was just the beginning.... In The Farewell Party, we have a contemporary Czech novel washed in the atmosphere of a French or Viennese turn-of-the-century farce. At a health spa and fertility clinic, only a short, four-hour drive from an unnamed European capital, barren but hopeless ladies splash in the mineral waters, hoping against hope for the miracle that will infuse them with new life. Infusion does arrive, in the form of the Mad Scientist, Dr. Skreta, and the book takes on the character of mindless erotic frolic on a gaudily bedecked stage."

Pinko Liberal Books
[Stupid White 
Men] Stupid White Men: And Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! by Michael Moore
Publisher's note: "More social commentary from famously glib liberal Michael Moore, director of Roger & Me. His unique takes on politicians, businessmen, and other power players who have put us in the mess we in are delivered in his oh-my-gosh! wiseguy style. Targets here include George W. Bush and the people around him, Bill Clinton, the Supreme Court, the media, and, ultimately, mediocrity."
[9-11] 9-11 by Noam Chomsky
Publisher's note: "In 9-11 Noam Chomsky dissects the root causes of the September 11th catastrophe, the historical precedents for it, and the possible outcomes as the United States responds with its 'new war on terrorism.'"
[You Are Being Lied 
to] You Are Being Lied to: The Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths by Russ Kick
Publisher's note: "'You Are Being Lied To' acts as a battering ram against the distortions, myths, and outright lies that have been shoved down our throats by the government, the media, corporations, organized religion, the scientific establishment, and others who want to keep the truth from us."
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