FE Bookstore

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Fifth Estate # 302, June 1, 1980

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The FE Bookstore is located in the same place as the Fifth Estate and can be found at 4403 Second Ave., Detroit-telephone (313) 831-6800. The hours that we’re open vary quite a bit, so it’s always best that you give us a ring before coming down.

HOW TO ORDER BY MAIL

1) List the title of the book, quantity wanted, and price of each;

2) add 10% for mailing-not less than $.59 (which is the minimum fee for Book Rate postage;

3) Total;

4) Write all checks and Money Orders to: The Fifth Estate and mail to FE Books, 4403 Second Ave., Detroit MI 48201.

NOTICE OF REDUCED PRICES

We presently have fairly large quantities of the following books, which, despite their merits, have not fared well as commodities. Since they do no one any good sitting on our shelves, we have decided to offer them at extremely reduced prices.

Some of these were books which excited us or were part of the process of the advancement of our critique of – and opposition to – this society, and even though we may not agree With everything in each one of them today, the role they played in the development of our ideas is significant. We would like to see them get into people’s hands, so we are hoping that the low prices will induce people to buy them now.

The “sale” (gasp) works as follows: your order must total $2.50 minimum and must include postage. The $2.50 can be reached by sale books alone or combined with books priced normally. Every order sent out will include a free copy of the situationist classic The Poverty of Student Life for as long as our supply lasts.

ON PHOTOGRAPHY by Susan Sontag

Though at times this eclectic, perhaps photographic collection of observations suffers from the preciousness of pop criticism, many of its insights go to the core of the spectacular society. “To photograph is to appropriate the thing photographed. It means putting oneself into a certain relation to the world that feels like knowledge—and therefore, like power.” They “package the world…Newspapers and magazines feature them; cops alphabetize them; museums exhibit them; publishers compile them.” “Cameras began duplicating the world at that moment when the human landscape started to undergo a vertiginous rate of change…”

Delta originally $3.95 now $1.00

TERROR OR LOVE by Bommi Baumann

This is the hardcover Grove Press edition of the translation originally published by Pulp Press. Tells the story of an urban guerrilla, with statements by novelist Heinrich Boll and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who wrote, “The fact that someone has the courage to say yes to love and no to hatred as the principal motivation for political action seems the essential statement in this book, a revolutionary one.”

originally $6.95 now $1.00

1984 by George Orwell

You probably read this for a high school class and have decided that there is no reason to reread it. Think again. This book remains as pertinent as ever, and its descriptions of life in a future totalitarian society read increasingly like life today not only in the state capitalist leviathans in the east but the decaying, miserabilist ambience here in the west.

Signet originally $1.50 now $.50

LUCY PARSONS: AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY by Carolyn Ashbaugh

The Chicago police considered Lucy Parsons “more dangerous than a thousand rioters” and broke up her meetings for thirty years after the Haymarket Police Riot. “Let every dirty, lousy tramp arm himself with a revolver or knife and lay in wait on the steps of the palaces of the rich and stab or shoot the owners as they come out.”

Kerr, originally $3.95 now $1.00

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

This classic work is the story of a nineteenth century woman’s nervous breakdown after struggling against the oppressive insanity of “normal” relations in this society. “She has tried, in defiance of all the social and medical codes of her time, to retainher sanity and her individuality. But the odds are against her and she fails.” One commentator called it a story “to freeze our blood.” (from the afterward)

Feminist Press originally $1.50 now $.50

PORTUGAL: THE IMPOSSIBLE REVOLUTION by’Phil Mailer

The story of the Portuguese upsurge of 1974-75, the eyewitness account of a deeply involved spectator. Not only an inspiring, even “surrealist” description of the revolutionary events, but also “a serious attempt to analyse the economic and cultural background of modern Portugal and to depict an overall pattern: the drift towards state capitalism. The challenge and limitations of self-management, and the recuperation of “popular power”…Two lessons fearlessly hammered home: the consequences of “the putschrist and militarist concept of the social revolution,” and the gradual realization that “the revolutionaries were part of the problem, not part of the solution.”

Solidarity, originally $5.00 now $2.50

TITLES BY WILHELM REICH:

We have both “mass market” size and quality paperbacks of the following titles by Wilhelm Reich: in mass market size:

THE MASS PSYCHOLOGY OF FASCISM

originally $2.75 now $1.00

THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION

originally $1.95 now $1.00

THE FUNCTION OF THE ORGASM

originally $1.95 now $1.00

THE MURDER OF CHRIST

originally $1.95 now $1.00

in quality paperback:

THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION

originally $2.95 now $ 1.50

THE MURDER OF CHRIST

originally $2.95 now $1.50

CHARACTER ANALYSIS

originally $4.95 now $2.50

THE FUNCTION OF THE ORGASM

originally $3.95 now $2.00

THE MASS PSYCHOLOGY OF FASCISM

originally $3.95 now $2.00

ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell

Another brilliant addition by Orwell to dystopian literature. The Animal Farm described could serve as an allegory for any political system, any office, any “new age” business collective, any political party. Describes the “friends of the people” and details where it all leads. “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.”

Signet, originally $1.25 now $.50

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ZAPATA OF MEXICO by Peter E. Newell

An exciting and insightful history of the Mexican Revolution which focusses on one of its most inspiring figures—described as “the greatest outlaw known to the Western Hemisphere—as well as the purest embodiment of the Mexican Revolution.”

Cienfuegos Press 176 pp. $6.00

ARMED STRUGGLE IN ITALY: A Chronology Various authors

Bratach Dubh 96 pp., $2.50

THE MIRROR OF PRODUCTION by Jean Baudrillard

Telos Press 167 pp., $2.50

THE MAKING OF THE ENGLISH WORKING CLASS by E.P. Thompson

Vintage 848 pp., $5.95

LETTERS OF INSURGENTS by Nachalo & Vochek

Black & Red 831 pp., $4.50

ANARCHIST REVIEW 4 Cienfuegos Press

Cienfuegos, 182 pp., $8.00 (size 9 x 12 inches)

SOCIETY OF THE SPECTACLE by Guy Debord

Black & Red, $1.00

WARTIME STRIKES by Martin Glaberman

Tells the story of the struggle against the no-strike pledge in the UAW during World War II. “It is rare for history to provide so clear-cut and well-documented a contradiction. On the one hand, a majority of auto workers voted to sustain the no-strike pledge. On the other hand, a majority…went out on wildcat strikes.”

Bewick Editions $6.00

WITHOUT A TRACE by Background GmBH

A “technical manual like no other,” this book covers the various areas of advancement in police technology in forensic science and criminalistics. But it is also a political book: “It speaks to everyone interested in knowing how the police operate, and where their technical limits lie.”

Partisan Press $4.95

ECLIPSE AND RE-EMERGENCE OF THE COMMUNIST MOVEMENT by Barrot & Martin

Black & Red 136 pp., $1.25

WORKERS AUTONOMY Various authors

Bratach Dubh 36 pp., $1.00

Bookstore Notes

The following publications-have recently come to our attention but are not available through the Fifth Estate:

SPACE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE—newsletter of Citizens for Space Demilitarization, 1476 California, number 9, San Francisco, California 94109.

Particle beam weapons, lasers, moon and outer space treaties—this newsletter reads like something out of Jules Verne, except that it is going on today and it is deadly serious. Some frightening examples of the militarization of outer space which are leading to major military confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union: a scheme recently announced by the Pentagon to place Minuteman missiles armed with nuclear warheads in parking orbits around the earth during periods of international crisis (isn’t that every day?); an aircraft carrier-based electron beam weapon designed to shoot down Soviet cruise missiles; a space-based system being developed at the University of California’s Los Alamos labs in New Mexico, which would orbit the earth, and when Soviet missiles were launched and arose into the upper atmosphere, would direct a high-energy proton beam at the warheads of the ICBMs, melting the nuclear material and rendering the missile harmless. The Soviet Union is also doing extensive research on particle beam weapons. The horror stories go on and on: laser beams, infrared tracking telescopes, the development of laws and the granting of police powers to future “space shuttle” commanders…Despite certain significant defects in the newsletter’s outlook, such as a brand of scientism which takes for granted the exploration of space and space technology as well as the political perspective of citizenship as a center for opposition to the activities of governments, the collation of materials concerning space militarization is extremely valuable and comparable to the research that has been done by some activists regarding the technological dangers and the corporate-government dirty tricks related to nuclear power.

MODERN CITIZEN MAGAZINE

Modern Citizen is the latest publication to come out of the Urbane Gorilla and as with all of the) U.G. publications, it’s free! All you have to do to get a copy is to send a LARGE (at least 9 x 7) self-addressed envelope and stamps (about $.54) to help defray mailing cost, to: URBANE GORRILLA, P.O. Box 02455, Detroit, Michigan 48202.

Also available from the U.G. is The Daily Barbarian.

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