Mark Farmer

Splinterlands

Issue section: 
Issue: 
Author: 

The world of 2050 is a frightening, unstable place. The European Union has collapsed, having “hit a wall of Euroskepticism, fiscal austerity and xenophobia”. The United States is beset by environmental disasters, with Washington having been destroyed by Hurricane Donald in 2022.

A great uprising has fragmented China, and Russia has disintegrated along ethnic lines. Nationalism and terrorism are rife and the few centres of “order” are authoritarian safe havens where capital and the super-rich can carry on as before.

No Way But This: In search of Paul Robeson

Issue section: 
Issue: 
Author: 

Paul Robeson must be counted as one of the most remarkable Americans of his era, or indeed any era. It was for his singing voice that he was best known but that reflected only a fraction of his talents.

He was a good enough actor to be offered leading roles in a number of films and in theatre productions in the West End of London and on Broadway. He was also an outstanding athlete. All this was achieved in the face of the discrimination that came his way for being an African-American.

Unleashing Demons

Issue section: 
Issue: 
Author: 

It is alleged in some quarters that we are seeing “buyer’s remorse” in the UK over the referendum decision to leave the EU. This reviewer has not felt it and the polls do not seem to support it, but Tony Blair, no less, is threatening to return on the back of it.

There is undoubtedly a more widely held perception that it is somehow more progressive to support the EU than to oppose it. This book, unintentionally, goes some way towards dispelling that particular myth.

The Ways of the World

Issue section: 
Issue: 
Author: 

David Harvey is a Marxist geographer whose writing has spanned five decades. The Ways of the World is intended to be a lightning tour of this work, comprising a series of articles written by Harvey from the 1970s up to the present. Along the way it takes in everything from the nature of crises under capitalism to environmental degradation, via car plant strikes in Oxford and the novels of Raymond Williams.

UKIP

Issue section: 
Author: 

This is a work written by academics. They spell out their own attitude to UKIP in the introduction as “refusing to condemn without first consulting the evidence”. They have clearly been given unprecedented access to the party and those who run and lead it.

The time frame covered runs from early 2014 to the middle of 2015, taking in the European elections of 2014, three significant by-elections and the general election of 2015.

Who is Charlie?

Issue section: 
Author: 

This is a book about the Paris terror attacks of 7-9 January 2015. To be precise, it addresses the immediate reaction across France to those events. Seventeen people were killed in total, in two major incidents, along with the three perpetrators of the crime.
Five of the victims were murdered at a kosher supermarket and a further 12 at the offices of the “satirical” magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Subscribe to RSS - Mark Farmer