Adam Fabry

The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism

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Kean Birch and Vlad Mykhnenko (eds), Zed Books, £18.99

In the last decade or so the cracks in the neoliberal order which dominated much of society in the last 30 years have become increasingly visible across the world. Accompanying this process there has been a surge of literature seeking to critically dissect the central tenets of neoliberalism and the methods it used to gain political dominance.

A Companion to Marx's Capital

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David Harvey, Verso, £10.99

The last 30 years, to put it bluntly, have not been the most favourable for people interested in Marxist ideas and politics. The seeming triumph of neoliberalism, particularly after the downfall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, pushed Marxist thought increasingly to the fringes of academic and public debates alike. However, this dire picture has changed radically following the onset of financial crisis in late 2007.

Imre Nagy: A Biography

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János M Rainer, IB Tauris; £20

Before October 1956 there were probably only a few people outside the Soviet bloc who knew who Imre Nagy was. Nagy, a long-time servant of the Communist Party (CP), developed into an illustrious figure of the Hungarian Revolution. However, with the revolution brutally crushed, Nagy was disgraced by the regime of János Kádár and executed two years later.

The Rise and Fall of Communism

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Archie Brown, The Bodley Head; £25

Beginning with the Russian Revolution and ending with the downfall of the one-party regimes in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, the period between 1917 and 1989-91 saw billions of people across the world living in states which were claiming to strive for the construction of a fundamentally different system to capitalism: "communism".

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