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Aaron John Bastani is a British political commentator, writer, broadcaster and activist. He is a Contributing Editor and Digital Officer of Novara Media, which he co-founded.
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Kim Stanley Robinson - Jun 05, 2018
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A major new novel from one of science fiction's most powerful voices, AURORA tells the incredible story of our first voyage beyond the solar system. Brilliantly imagined and beautifully told, it is the work of a writer at the height of his powers. Our voyage from Earth began generations ago.Now, we approach our new home.AURORA....
Aaron Bastani
Mar 28, 2021
The subtext with KSR is always humanity’s relationship to nature & technology under capitalism but this is probably the best book I’ve read at the interface of science & climate fiction. Gives you a renewed perspective on our amazing planet. Really recommended.      source
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Katherine Boo - Apr 08, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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In this brilliant, breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winner Katherine Boo, a bewildering age of global change and inequality is made human through the dramatic story of families striving toward a better life in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. As India starts to prosper, the residents of Ann...
Aaron Bastani
Mar 17, 2021
@michaeljswalker Recommend reading this. Completely agree, any reasonable person subject to veil of ignorance would choose China over India in a flash.      source
Myth and Reality
Clive Ponting - Sep 01, 1993 (first published in 1990)
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It was the year of the glorious Battle of Britain, of the heroic evacuation of Dunkirk. It was the time when the mighty British empire declared its intention to fight the Nazis-alone if necessary-to the bitter end. It was, as Churchill dubbed it, Britain's "Finest Hour." In 1940: Myth and Reality, Clive Ponting reveals that it was nothing of the so...
Aaron Bastani
Jan 21, 2021
Such a great book. I often get requests for recommended reading and I’m tempted to start a newsletter. Have had the pleasure of reading lots of marginal and out of print stuff over the last year. I want to share it!      source
The People's Republic of Walmart
How the World's Biggest Corporations are Laying the Foundation for Socialism (Jacobin)
Leigh Phillips - Mar 05, 2019
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Since the demise of the USSR, the mantle of the largest planned economies in the world has been taken up by the likes of Walmart, Amazon and other multinational corporationsFor the left and the right, major multinational companies are held up as the ultimate expressions of free-market capitalism. Their remarkable success appears to vindicate the ol...
Aaron Bastani
Dec 07, 2020
@Cautious_Koala I did, a few years ago! Great book and much recommended.      source
The Romance of American Communism
Vivian Gornick - Mar 09, 1978
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Writer and critic Vivian Gornick's classic exploring how Left politics gave depth and meaning to American life."Before I knew that I was Jewish or a girl I knew that I was a member of the working class." So begins Vivian Gornick's exploration of how the world of socialists, communists, and progressives in the 1940s and 1950s created a rich, diverse...
Aaron Bastani
Dec 03, 2020
As recounted in this outstanding book.      source
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Corey Robin
The Rise and Fall of the British Nation
A Twentieth-Century History
David Edgerton - Jun 27, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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'Forget almost everything you thought you knew about Britain ... You will not find a better informed history' David Goodhart, Evening Standard'A striking new perspective on our past' Piers Brendon, Literary ReviewFrom the acclaimed author of...
Aaron Bastani
Nov 30, 2020
One of my favourite books this year. A great Christmas present!      source
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Duncan Weldon
The Jakarta Method
Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World
Vincent Bevins - May 19, 2020
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The hidden story of the wanton slaughter -- in Indonesia, Latin America, and around the world -- backed by the United States. In 1965, the U.S. government helped the Indonesian military kill approximately one million innocent civilians. This was one of the most important turning points of the twentieth century, eliminating the largest communist par...
Aaron Bastani
Sep 19, 2020
Good book, people should read it to understand the fanaticism of cold war era anti-communism. I think it explains a lot about the conspiracy theories we are increasingly seeing.      source
Corona, Climate, Chronic Emergency
War Communism in the Twenty-First Century
Andreas Malm - Sep 22, 2020
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What does the COVID 19 tell us about the climate breakdown, and what should we do about it? The economic and social impact of the coronavirus pandemic has been unprecedented. Governments have spoken of being at war and find themselves forced to seek new powers in order to maintain social order and prevent the spread of the virus. This is often exer...
Aaron Bastani
Aug 19, 2020
A brilliant book persuasively argued. The probable number of distinct coronaviruses among the planet’s bat population is 3,000, with several hundred likely to impact humans. Deforestation in SE Asia means 99% of its bat population could be forced to migrate by 2050...😬      source
The History Thieves
Secrets, Lies and the Shaping of a Modern Nation [Paperback] [Jul 06, 2017] Ian Cobain
Ian Cobain - Jul 06, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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In 1889, the first Official Secrets Act was passed and created offences of 'disclosure of information' and 'breach of official trust'. It limited and monitored what the public could, and should, be told. Since then, Britain's governments and civil service have been engaged in the greatest identity fraud of all time - the dishonest and manufactured ...
Aaron Bastani
Jul 17, 2020
Two books I can’t recommend highly enough - each confounds the received wisdom of how Britain thinks of itself. I talked to the author of both, @IanCobain, this week for @novaramedia - interview out next Tuesday. Yes, British history matters alright!      source
Cruel Britannia
A Secret History of Torture
Ian Cobain - Jul 04, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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Who concealed a torture centre in London during WWII?Who pioneered hooding, stress positions, starvation, sleep deprivation and white noise?Who knew about the US programme of extraordinary rendition just five days after 9/11?Whose government is still trying to prevent the truth from being heard in open court today?It's time to challenge the assumpt...
Aaron Bastani
Jul 17, 2020
Two books I can’t recommend highly enough - each confounds the received wisdom of how Britain thinks of itself. I talked to the author of both, @IanCobain, this week for @novaramedia - interview out next Tuesday. Yes, British history matters alright!      source
The Socialist Manifesto
Bhaskar Sunkara - Apr 14, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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A "razor-sharp" introduction to this political and economic ideology makes a galvanizing argument for modern socialism (Naomi Klein) -- and explains how its core tenets could effect positive change in America and worldwide.In The Socialist Manifesto, Bhaskar Sunkara explores socialism's history since the mid-1800s and presents a realistic vision fo...
Aaron Bastani
May 16, 2019
@eleanorkpenny @sunraysunray Bhaskar’s book is excellent but I think you’ll really enjoy the beginning!      source
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