Sarah Creagh

The Rules do not Apply

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A decade has passed since Ariel Levy’s ground-breaking book on raunch culture, Female Chauvinist Pigs. Her exploration of women being sold back their own oppression as empowerment preceded a number of other books on this “new sexism”. And this phenomenon has since produced a fightback and a renewed interest in feminist thought and the politics of women’s liberation.

Alexandra Kollontai by Cathy Porter

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Women played a central role in the Russian Revolution of 1917. It was a women textile workers' strike in February that sparked the revolution which toppled the Tsar. Yet most accounts of the period are written by men and the leading figures we recognise are mostly male.

This second edition of Cathy Porter's biography of Alexandra Kollontai is an interesting and detailed account of some of the most exciting years in working class history, and also some of the most brutal.

What is the role of credit under capitalism?

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Economy Class

When the credit crunch hit in 2008 and governments bailed out banks with trillions of pounds so they didn't collapse many people recognised that this was because of the huge amounts of debt in the system. Banks had loaned money to people and companies with no idea if they'd be able to pay it back, and these debts had then been sold on and bets taken on their future value.

So if the crash was caused by credit and debt, is it the fault of the banks for lending money, or people for borrowing? And couldn't we just regulate the system to get rid of this toxic aspect?

A Rebel's Guide to Rosa Luxemburg

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Sally Campbell

The latest addition to the Rebel's Guide series of introductions to key revolutionary figures looks at the life of Rosa Luxemburg, an extraordinary and inspirational socialist. As a young Jewish woman from Poland, Luxemburg was perhaps not an obvious leader of the German working class.

But after joining her first revolutionary organisation at just 15 years old her life eventually followed a path that makes her deserving of a place alongside Marx, Lenin and Trotsky in this series.

A Storm in the Blood

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Jon Stephen Fink, Cutting Edge Press, £9.99

A Storm in the Blood is a novel loosely based on the true story of the murder of three policemen by a gang of Latvian revolutionaries in London in 1910, known as the Houndsditch Murders, and the ensuing manhunt that culminated in a shoot-out known as the Siege of Sidney Street. Parallels are drawn with the media hysteria and atmosphere created in London after the July 2005 bombings but the book is also a comment on far more.

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