The FE Bookstore is located in the same place as the Fifth Estate Newspaper, both of which are located at 4403 Second Ave., Detroit MI 48201—telephone (313) 831-6800. The hours we are open vary considerably, so it’s always best to give us a call before coming down.
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BOOKS JUST RECEIVED
ANARCHY COMICS Number 3
Seventeen cartoonists from Europe, Canada and the U.S. Contains the Decaying Meat/Capitalism Diagram, a punk-anarchist’s journey to the future, Anarchy in the Alsace, Wildcat, Roman Spring, and more.
Last Gasp $2.00
MECHANIZATION TAKES COMMAND: A CONTRIBUTION TO ANONYMOUS HISTORY by Siegfried Giedion
This is a classic study of the evolution of mechanization and its effects on modern civilization, and its historical and philosophical implications. “We shall deal here with humble things, things not usually granted earnest consideration, or at least not valued for their historical import. But no more in history than in painting is it the impressiveness of the subject that matters. The sun is mirrored even in a coffee spoon. In their aggregate, the humble objects of which we shall speak have shaken our mode of living to its very roots. Modest things of daily life, they accumulate into forces acting upon whoever moves within the orbit of our civilization.”
THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF HUMAN RIGHTS: Vol. I—The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism; Vol. II—After the Cataclysm: Postwar Indochina and the Reconstruction of Imperial Ideology By Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman
A devastating critique of U.S. foreign policy in the Third World and the “free world” media propaganda system which obscures the U.S. support for Third World dictatorships. “The basic fact is that the United States has organized under its sponsorship and protection a neo-colonial system of client states ruled mainly by terror and serving the interests of a small local and foreign business and military elite. The fundamental belief or ideological pretense, is that the United States is dedicated to furthering the cause of democracy and human rights throughout the world, though it may occasionally err in the pursuit of this objective.”
—from the Preface
South End Press $15.00 (sold as a set only)
TELOS: A QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF RADICAL THOUGHT No. 48
“On Interpretation,” “Mass Culture,” “On the History of the Workers’ Councils,” more.
THE POVERTY OF STATISM: A DEBATE by Fabbri, Rocker, Bukharin
Contains Nikolai Bukharin’s officially-sponsored attack on anarchism published in Russia in 1922, and Luigi Fabbri’s reply published in Italy the same year. Also, two articles by Rudolf Rocker, “Anarchism and Sovietism,” and “Marx and Anarchism.” Cienfuegos Press $3.50
BOOKS ON RUSSIAN AND HUNGARIAN REVOLUTIONS
November is the 64th anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the 25th anniversary of the Hungarian rebellion of 1956.
THE KRONSTADT UPRISING OF 1921 by Lynne Thorndycraft
An introduction to the revolt of the Russian sailors and workers of Kronstadt and Petrograd against the Bolshevik government in 1921.
Left Bank Books 21 pp. $.50
BOLSHEVIKS & WORKERS CONTROL by Maurice Brinton
This is an excellent chronology and analysis of Bolshevik betrayal of the revolution from the seizures of the factories to the crushing of the Kronstadt Commune.
Black & Red $1.00
THE UNKNOWN REVOLUTION by B. Voline
The little-told history of the revolution from the view of an anarchist—participant.
Black & Red $4.00
HISTORY OF THE MAKHNOVIST MOVEMENT by P. Arshinov
Exciting story of the anarchist peasant revolution in the Ukraine, with telling revelations about the nature of “revolutionary” Bolshevik military and social policy.
Black & Red $2.50
THE RUSSIAN TRAGEDY by Alexander Berkman
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THE WILHELMSHAVEN REVOLT by Icarus
The story of the revolutionary Wilhelmshaven Commune in Germany in 1918 through 1919.
HUNGARY ’56 by Andy Anderson
“This spark of revolution was crushed only by the intervention of Russian tanks and after weeks of heroic resistance. These moments in 1956 exist not as memories of defeat, but as a beacon for what is possible.” (from the Fifth Estate, January 1979) “All workers, socialists, even communists, must at last understand that a bureaucratic state has nothing to do with Socialism.” (Nemsetor, 15 January 1957)
Black & Red, 137 pp. $1.25
The following books are being offered at reduced prices:
Portugal: Anti-Fascism or Anti-Capitalism by Root & Branch
Contains articles on the situation in Portugal during 1975 through 1976.
normally $1.50, now $.50
Land & Liberty: Anarchist Influences in the Mexican Revolution by Ricardo Flores Magon (compiled and introduced by David Poole)
“Ricardo Flores Magon cannot be ignored either in the context of the Mexican Revolution or the world anarchist movement.”
Cienfuegos Press 156 pp. normally $4.70, reduced to $2.95
The Floodgates of Anarchy by Stuart Christie and Albert Meltzer
“The floodgates holding back anarchy are cracking. Only with the total abolition of government can society develop in freedom.”
FOUR ARGUMENTS FOR THE ELIMINATION OF TELEVISION by Jerry Mander
Morrow 371 pages $4.95
1984 by George Orwell
ANARCHISTS IN THE SPANISH REVOLUTION by Jose Peirats
After many years of hard work and the collected efforts of several groups, this first English translation of Peirats is a fine history of the origins of the CNT and the anarchist movement in Spain from 1869 to 1939.
400 pp., $3.50
ORIGIN & FUNCTION OF THE PARTY FORM by Camatte & Collu
A recent translation from early 1970s articles.
Charlatan Stew $1.25
ANARCHY COMICS Number 1
International comics by Kinney, Mavrides, Spain, and others. How to destroy civilization and build a new cooperative one with tinkertoys.
Last Gasp $1.25
ANARCHY COMICS Number 2
International comics and better than ever. Starring America’s sweethearts, the Picto Family, the Political Bizarros, also Anarchie and Moronica.
Last Gasp $1.25
NASKAPI INDEPENDENCE & THE CARIBOU by Alan Cooke
12 pages $.20
TOWARDS A FRESH REVOLUTION by the Friends of Durruti Group
New Anarchist Library $1.50
LETTERS OF INSURGENTS by Sophia Nachalo & Yarostan Vochek
Black & Red $4.00
FUCK AUTHORITY (poster)
Don’t be satisfied with the tepid “Question Authority” when the real thing is available. This Left Bank Books poster is a 29″X22″ version of the Fifth Estate 1976 original printed on red stock. Left Bank says these are “seconds” hence the low price, but we can’t see the flaws.
$1.50 folded, Sent in mailing tube $2.50
REVOLUTION IN SEATTLE: A Memoir by Harvey O’Connor
A memoir by a participant in the Seattle General Strike, 1919. The response to the book has been mixed. B. Spencer wrote to us, “Beyond the copyright, union bug, sappy sensationalist preface, and Stalinist foreword, the text eats it. What a jumble of deliberately confusionist history—with junk like this for instruction, we would all be consigned to repeat all the dumb half-moves of the past. Union officials, workers, nonworkers, syndicalists, politicians, etc., are all mix-mastered in a wholly uncritical way. It is a most emblematic production of early ’60’s Monthly Review press—nothing in it would offend Moscow, for instance…” But a letter from Dorothy of the Emerald City said, “I was pleasantly surprised when I read the book, because I was prejudiced against it, knowing beforehand that it had been previously published by Monthly Review Press. I found it much less objectionable, less biased in the direction of Leninism-Stalinism, much more sympathetic to traditional anarcho-syndicalism and non-Leninist socialism than I had expected. It also has a lively and interesting character that can only be given to a narrative by an eye-witness to events. I certainly do recommend that folks read it for the information contained in it, all of which is not now readily available elsewhere. It is certainly no worse than most books on the traditional anarchist or labor movements.”
Left Bank Books $7.50
LOVE & RAGE: ENTRIES IN A PRISON DIARY by Carl Harp
The title of the book is appropriate—Carl oscilates throughout it between feelings of inspiration and solidarity on the one hand, and near despair and outrage on the other. Not surprising: you come away from this slim volume wondering how anyone could maintain any spirit at all in the face of such absolute degradation and injustice, let alone reflect upon it and write it down.
Pulp Press 73 pp. $3.95
Profits from the sale of this book will go to the Solidarity Committee’s efforts to investigate Carl Harp’s death.
THE CHRISTIE FILE by Stuart Christie
Against the backdrop of the ’60s and ’70s, Stuart Christie’s autobiography mirrors the turbulent period and includes his account of his imprisonment for his plot to assassinate Franco, his involvement with the Angry Brigade, and a broad sketch of the English anarchist movement.
[Web archive note: no price given in print original]
THE LIMITS OF THE CITY by Murray Bookchin
A new larger edition of Bookchin’s criticism of the modern megalopolis as compared to ancient and medieval villages. Also posits a vision of a harmonized urban and rural life in a future society.
Harper Torchbooks 148 pp. Published at $4.50; now $3.50
THE ANARCHIST BEAST: The Anti-Anarchist Crusade in Periodical Literature (18841906) by Nhat Hong
Over a hundred articles depicting the popular media and literature of the period are reviewed to demonstrate the prejudices fostered against the anarchist movement.
Soil of Liberty 70 pp. $2.00