NEW BOOKS: Politics. Economics.

A Century of Wealth in America by Edward Wolff. Harvard University Press, 2017. Wealth: who has it, how was it acquired, and then held on to it? What are the consequences of these patterns to the country’s well-being?

Democracy in Chains; The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean. Viking, 2017. The late political economist, James Buchanan (1919 to 2013), and his conservative allies have become what MacLean calls “paloecapitalists.”

The Ordinary Virtues; Moral Order in a Divided World by Michael Ignatieff. Harvard University Press, 2017. Given our global economy, it is important to ascertain what values humans hold in common. Are these values converging or diverging?

The Know-It-Alls; The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball by Noam Cohen. The New Press, 2017. Silicon Valley as a political and intellectual force in American life.

Vanguard of the Revolution; The Global Idea of the Communist Party by A. James McAdams. Princeton University Press, 2017. The author reminds us of the importance of communism in the last century and then the causes and consequences of its fall.

October; The Story of the Russian Revolution by Cina Miéville. Verso 2017 paper. The months between the February revolution and Lenin’s October triumph.

Lenin; The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror by Victor Sebestyen. Pantheon, 2017. A revisionary history of the Bolshevik revolution and Vladimir Lenin’s role in the upheaval.

A Foreign Policy for the Left by Michael Walzer. Yale University Press, 2018. Foreign relations can no longer be based on the old leftist shibboleths. Nor modern-day anti-imperialism. Nor a straight-forward advocacy of centrally planned economies.

From Fascism to Populism in History by Federico Finchelstein. University of California Press, 2017. Their connections in history and theory and how we might correctly apply the concepts in thinking about our current views of the post-war world.

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