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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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Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet
George Monbiot - 2022-08-02
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"This remarkable book, staring curiously down at the soil beneath our feet, points us convincingly in one of the directions we must travel. I learned something on every page." --Bill McKibbenFor the first time since the Neolithic, we have the opportunity to transform not only our food system but our entire relationship to the living world.Farming i...
Aaron Bastani
@JKSteinberger @GeorgeMonbiot Great book!      source
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The Starmer Project
A Journey to the Right
Oliver Eagleton - 2022-06-07
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The Labour Party has virtually disappeared from view under the leadership of Keir Starmer. Hailed as a human-rights champion and political outsider, what sort of politician is he really, and what mark is he making on the new politics of Labour?In The Starmer Project, Oliver Eagleton provides a careful reading of Starmer's record at the Crown Prosec...
Aaron Bastani
Happy publication day @EagletonOliver! ‘The Starmer Project’ is a captivating read, the facts and details in it will set your head spinning and have you commenting out loud (a lot). I’ll be speaking to Oliver about the book on @novaramedia next week.      source
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The Lost World of British Communism
Raphael Samuel - 2017-01-31 (first published in 2006)
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A fascinating account of life as a member of the Communist Party of Great BritainThe Lost World of British Communism is a vivid account of the Communist Party of Great Britain. Raphael Samuel, one of post-war Britain’s most notable historians, draws on novels of the period and childhood recollections of London’s East End, as well as memoirs and Par...
Aaron Bastani
@AlfieSteer @racheljcollett Great book!      source
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Blockchain Chicken Farm
And Other Stories of Tech in China's Countryside (FSG Originals x Logic)
Xiaowei Wang - 2020-10-13
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From FSGO x Logic: stories about rural China, food, and tech that reveal new truths about the globalized worldIn Blockchain Chicken Farm, the technologist and writer Xiaowei Wang explores the political and social entanglements of technology in rural China. Her discoveries force her to challenge the standard idea that rural culture and people are ba...
Aaron Bastani
Really looking forward to this! If anyone has similar books to recommend, focusing on applications of digital technologies in China (or in Global south generally), let me know!      source
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The Divide
Global Inequality from Conquest to Free Markets
Jason Hickel - 2018-02-13 (first published in 2017)
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More than four billion people—some 60 percent of humanity—live in debilitating poverty, on less than $5 per day. The standard narrative tells us this crisis is a natural phenomenon, having to do with things like climate and geography and culture. It tells us that all we have to do is give a bit of aid here and there to help poor countries up the de...
Aaron Bastani
China was the world's largest economy before 1850 and in 1800 had a standard of living on a par with Europe. Maybe read some books about colonialism? Mike Davis on Late Victorian Holocausts and Jason Hickel's 'The Divide' good places to start.      source
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Late Victorian Holocausts
El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World
Mike Davis - 2017-01-17 (first published in 2000)
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Bestselling, magisterial melding of global environmental history and global political history.......
Aaron Bastani
China was the world's largest economy before 1850 and in 1800 had a standard of living on a par with Europe. Maybe read some books about colonialism? Mike Davis on Late Victorian Holocausts and Jason Hickel's 'The Divide' good places to start.      source
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The Hundred Years' War on Palestine
A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917–2017
Rashid Khalidi - 2020-01-28
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A landmark history of one hundred years of war waged against the Palestinians from the foremost US historian of the Middle East, told through pivotal events and family history.In 1899, Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, mayor of Jerusalem, alarmed by the Zionist call to create a Jewish national home in Palestine, wrote a letter aimed at Theodore Herzl: the cou...
Aaron Bastani
@johnmcfadian @AlexofBrown firstly its an occupation more than a 'conflict'. Secondly, I'm not particularly 'obsessed' by it - hence like I say I found that book useful in terms of learning more. I recommend it.      source
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Kim Stanley Robinson - 2018-06-05
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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
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
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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
Katherine Boo - 2014-04-08 (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
@michaeljswalker Recommend reading this. Completely agree, any reasonable person subject to veil of ignorance would choose China over India in a flash.      source
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Myth and Reality
Clive Ponting - 1993-09-01 (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
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
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The Socialist Manifesto by Bhaskar Sunkara
The Rise and Fall of the British Nation by David Edgerton
The People's Republic of Walmart by Leigh Phillips
The History Thieves by Ian Cobain
The BBC by Tom Mills
Inventing the Future by Nick Srnicek
Cruel Britannia by Ian Cobain
The Romance of American Communism by Vivian Gornick