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Non-fiction books for Christmas

A number of non-fiction books that would make great Christmas presents have come out over the last few months. Socialist Worker looks at some of the best. They are all available from Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop. Phone 020 7637 1848 or go to<a hre

Issue No. 2131

The Myth of Mars and Venus – by Deborah Cameron

Cameron’s book demolishes the notion that men and women have naturally different ways of using language – “the myth of Mars and Venus”.

Cameron, a professor of language and communication at Oxford university, targets the rash of books that have appeared peddling such ideas – notably John Gray’s Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.

The Revolution and the Civil War in Spain – by Pierre Broué and Emile Témine

The events of Spain in 1936-9, when workers resisted the fascists, were one of the high points of working class struggle in the 1930s.

Broué and Témine’s recently republished book is a classic left wing account of the revolution, the subsequent civil war, and the reasons for their defeats.

Black Britain: A photographic history – by Paul Gilroy

Black people’s post-Second World War settlement in London is documented through a collection of moving, revealing and inspiring photographs, with a commentary by Paul Gilroy alongside.

The book, which is priced at a very reasonably £19.99, also contains a foreword by Stuart Hall.

The Liberal Defence of Murder – by Richard Seymour

Seymour, who runs the popular left wing Lenin’s Tomb blog, examines the “pro-war left’s” support for US policy and the “war on terror” in his new book.

The Liberal Defence of Murder traces the journey of figures such as Christopher Hitchens from left to right.

Crossing The “River of Fire” – by Hassan Mahamdallie

William Morris was an artist and socialist who fought against war, racism and imperialism in the second half of the 19th century.

In his writings, he imagined a world where humans were free from oppression. This inspiring book follows his political development.

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Tue 9 Dec 2008, 18:04 GMT
Issue No. 2131
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