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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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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
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
Mrs. Dalloway
(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
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
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
Buddenbrooks
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
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
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
Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes
Zachary D. Carter - May 19, 2020
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A page-turning biography of world-changing economist John Maynard Keynes and the big ideas that outlived him.In the spring of 1934, Virginia Woolf sketched an affectionate biographical portrait of her great friend John Maynard Keynes. Writing a full two years before Keynes would revolutionize the economics world with the publication of The General ...
Corey Robin
Mar 09, 2020
If you're at all interested in Keynes, and even if you're not, this is just that type of book you pick up on a Sunday morning and don't put it down till, depending on how quickly you finish it, Tuesday or Wednesday night. It's just irresistible reading. Also, Zach has an      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...
Corey Robin
Dec 19, 2018
Easily the best book ever written on American Communism. By Vivian Gornick.      source
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The Big Test
The Secret History of the American Meritocracy
Nicholas Lemann - Nov 16, 2000 (first published in 1999)
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What do we know about the history, origin, design, and purpose of the SAT? Who invented it, and why? How did it acquire such a prominent and lasting position in American education? The Big Test reveals the ideas, people, and politics behind a fifty-year-old utopian social experiment that changed this country. Combining vibrant storytelling, vivid p...
Corey Robin
Aug 11, 2018
@NormieDeGuerre I am. That you have so much invested in believing otherwise, based—I suspect—on not having my experience at the two types of institutions but on your own fantasy of American meritocracy, is, as I said, depressing. Anyway, this is a good book on the topic.      source
Race and the Making of American Political Science American Governance by Jessica Blatt
Freud by Philip Rieff
On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder