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Corey Robin is an American political theorist, journalist and professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth
A Life
Frances Wilson - Feb 17, 2009
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The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth Ordinarily presented as a self-effacing virgin or sacrificial saint, Dorothy Wordsworth was a talented writer and exceptional woman. She was William Wordsworth's inspiration, aide and most valued reader and traded in a conventional life to share in his world of words. This biography brings Dorothy to life in all her...
Corey Robin
Sep 03, 2021
Good books are books you can't put down. Great books are books you have to put down, so intense is their energy. Frances Wilson's "The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth" is such a book. Nobody gets inside the life of another being the way Wilson does.      source
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Flaubert and Madame Bovary
Francis Steegmuller - Nov 30, 2004 (first published in 1977)
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Francis Steegmuller's beautifully executed double portrait of Madame Bovary and her maker is a remarkable and unusual biographical study, a sensitive and detailed account of how an unpromising young man turns himself into one of the world's greatest novelists. Steegmuller starts with the young Flaubert, prone to mysterious fits, hypochondriacal, at...
Corey Robin
Jul 25, 2021
Ever want to read the story of how a book came to be? This is an amazing biography of a novel. (And an amazing literary biography, more generally.)      source
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The Anatomy of Fascism
Robert O. Paxton - Mar 08, 2005 (first published in 2004)
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What is fascism? Many authors have proposed definitions, but most fail to move beyond the abstract. The esteemed historian Robert O. Paxton answers this question for the first time by focusing on the concrete: what the fascists did, rather than what they said. From the first violent uniformed bands beating up “enemies of the state,” through Mussoli...
Corey Robin
May 13, 2021
There have been few more widely circulated quotes from Paxton than this one. But his is a rich book, most of which people ignore or don't know. Like this from his discussion of "long-term preconditions": "Fascism is therefore inconceivable in the absence of a mature and...      source
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Black Nationalism in American Politics and Thought
Dean E. Robinson - Sep 01, 2001
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Black Nationalism in American Politics and Thought revisits the activism and arguments in support of separate black statehood from the mid-19th century to the present, detailing the ways black nationalism mirrors broader currents in U.S. politics and thought. This book challenges the idea that black nationalism is a timeless, unchanging, and anti-a...
Corey Robin
Mar 07, 2021
Awesome conversation between @BadFaithPod and Adolph Reed, @paul_prescod, and the all too seldom seen (on social media) Dean Robinson, whose book on black nationalism is excellent. Adolph's political realism reminds me of Weber, at his best.      source
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Black Struggle, Red Scare
Segregation and Anti-Communism in the South, 1948--1968
Jeff R Woods - Oct 31, 2003
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At the height of the cold war, southern segregationists exploited the reigning mood of anxiety by linking the civil rights movement to an international Communist conspiracy. Jeff Woods tells a gripping story of fervent crusaders for racial equality swept into the maelstrom of the South's siege mentality, of crafty political opportunists who played ...
Corey Robin
Jan 24, 2021
@nikhil_palsingh @ikuziemko @jayctigerfan @KeeangaYamahtta I taught this book about 15 years or so ago, and it's really excellent in its detail and local focus.      source
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Mrs. Dalloway
Virginia Woolf - Jan 05, 2021 (first published in 1925)
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A stunning new edition of Virginia Woolf's engulfing portrait of a day in one woman's life, featuring a new foreword by Jenny Offill, the New York Times bestselling author of Weather A Penguin Classics Deluxe EditionClarissa Dalloway, elegant and vivacious, is preparing for a party and remembering those she once loved. In another part of London, Se...
Corey Robin
Dec 19, 2020
@BradburySlocum I re-read Mrs. Dalloway. I read Death in Venice and Buddenbrooks. I'm reading Emma. I've loved all of them. But they're also for a book project.      source
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Death in Venice
Thomas Mann - Aug 10, 1995 (first published in 1911)
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One of the most famous literary works of the 20th century, the novella "Death in Venice" embodies themes that preoccupied Thomas Mann (1875–1955) in much of his work; the duality of art and life, the presence of death and disintegration in the midst of existence, the connection between love and suffering, and the conflict between the artist and his...
Corey Robin
Dec 19, 2020
@BradburySlocum I re-read Mrs. Dalloway. I read Death in Venice and Buddenbrooks. I'm reading Emma. I've loved all of them. But they're also for a book project.      source
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The Decline of a Family
Thomas Mann - Jun 28, 1994 (first published in 1901)
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A Major Literary Event: a brilliant new translation of Thomas Mann's first great novel, one of the two for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1929.Buddenbrooks, first published in Germany in 1900, when Mann was only twenty-five, has become a classic of modem literature -- the story of four generations of a wealthy bourgeois famil...
Corey Robin
Dec 19, 2020
@BradburySlocum I re-read Mrs. Dalloway. I read Death in Venice and Buddenbrooks. I'm reading Emma. I've loved all of them. But they're also for a book project.      source
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Woman of Letters
A Life of Virginia Woolf
Phyllis Rose - Aug 24, 1978
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First published in 1979...
Corey Robin
Dec 19, 2020
That said, I did read this book this year, and loved it.      source
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To Move a Mountain
Fighting the Global Economy in Appalachia
Eve S. Weinbaum - Jan 01, 2004
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To Move a Mountain is an inspirational account of how a group of Appalachian men and women, politicized by the disaster of local plant closings, became unlikely activists in the Tennessee statehouse and the protests in Seattle.Eve Weinbaum’s firsthand look at the devastation wrought by the closings of community-sustaining factories become moving st...
Corey Robin
Dec 16, 2020
@erinrpineda This book has a whole theory on what differentiates successful failures from failed failures. Highly recommend.      source
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Max Weber and German Politics, 1890-1920
Wolfgang J. Mommsen - Jul 25, 1990 (first published in 1974)
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A major work of German historiography, this comprehensive account of Weber's political views and activities reveals that, paradoxically, Weber was at once an ardent liberal and a determined German nationalist and imperialist. Wolfgang J. Mommsen shows the important links between these seemingly conflicting positions and provides a critique of Weber...
Corey Robin
May 06, 2020
@diefenbackerj The best is still Wolfgang Mommsen's book "Max Weber and German Politics." Terribly written but absolutely fantastic scholarship that holds up more than a half-century later.      source
The Price of Peace by Zachary D. Carter
The Romance of American Communism by Vivian Gornick
The Big Test by Nicholas Lemann
Race and the Making of American Political Science American Governance by Jessica Blatt
Freud by Philip Rieff
On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder