The last night London burned
George Binette, £5
THIS BEAUTIFULLY produced book commemorates former Clash singer Joe Strummer’s last ever London show. Strummer died tragically young at the end of last year. Fittingly for a champion of the underdog it was a fundraiser for striking firefighters.
The respect felt for Strummer shines through. Journalist Mark Steel lambasts Tony Blair’s love of The Clash – ‘Working for the Clampdown’ might have been written for New Labour. Binette gives a potted history of why The Clash mattered and new fans will want to delve deeper.
Top selling books about Iraq and opposition to war
1 IRAQ: A REPORT FROM THE INSIDE Dilip Hiro Granta £8.99 Well respected journalist focuses on Iraq’s recent history.
2 SADDAM HUSSEIN: THE POLITICS OF REVENGE Said K Aburish Bloomsbury £7.99 Aburish places Saddam Hussein in political context.
3 SADDAM HUSSEIN: AN AMERICAN OBSESSION Andrew and Patrick Cockburn Verso £9 Examination of the US’s links with Saddam Hussein.
4 STOP THE WAR ON IRAQ: THE CASE AGAINST BUSH AND BLAIR Socialist Worker £1 Pamphlet that answers Bush and Blair’s lies.
5 AGAINST WAR WITH IRAQ: AN ANTI-WAR PRIMER Michael Ratner and others Seven Stories Press £4.99 Exposes the Bush gang’s war as illegal and immoral.
Compiled by Bookmarks, the socialist bookshop Phone 020 7637 1848 www.bookmarks.uk.com
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