Sadie Robinson

Nobody Called Me Charlie

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Charles Preston, Monthly Review Press, £18.95

Charles Preston's account of being a white Communist working for a radical black newspaper, the Clarion, vividly recreates the US of the 1930s and 1940s.

The book takes a while to get going, and at first I wondered why it wasn't more "political". By the end I was fascinated.

Preston captures the excitement of working on a radical paper at a time when the pressure for social change is growing and is starting to break through.

Food Rebellions!

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Eric Holt-Gimenez and Raj Patel, Fahamu Books; £12.95

Food Rebellions! brings together masses of case studies, research, facts and statistics to look at what lies behind the recent food crisis that sent prices soaring in 2007. It also asks how we can end the food insecurity and hunger that continue to plague millions around the world.

The book's starting point is that hunger results from the way that food is produced under capitalism. It rightly points out that 2008 saw both record hunger and record global harvests. Hunger doesn't reflect food shortages.

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