Books Read in 2016: April

It’s May. Get your #summerreading in order!

A few texts that could be worth your while.

Wilder, Gary. Freedom Time: Negritude, Decolonization, and the Future of the World. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2015.

Challenges the orthodoxy of viewing nation-state formation as the logical product of anticolonial politics through deft analytical treatments of the ideas of Aime Cesaire and Leopold Senghor.

Horne, Gerald. Race to Revolution: The United States and Cuba During Slavery and Jim Crow. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2014.

Seventy-five years ago this would have been Volume Three* of a multi-volume work that might have been titled Black Resistance and its Consequences in the Making of the Modern World–with all eyes on Cuba of late, this is necessary reading.

Horne, Gerald. Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary. London: Pluto Press, 2016.

Part of a biographical series titled Revolutionary Lives published by Pluto, it’s simply put, the “Horne thesis” applied to the life of Paul Robeson.

Martin, Bradford. The Other Eighties: A Secret History of America in the Age of Reagan. New York: Hill and Wang, 2011.

Goes beyond the eighties declension narrative by outlining how peace, feminist, AIDS, and anti-apartheid movements, among others, converged to challenge–somewhat successfully Martin argues– the conservative orthodoxy of the age, which is still our age.

 

*In my imagined scenario, the other volumes in this set would have been Horne’s Negro Comrades of the Crown (2012), The Counterrevolution of 1776 (2014), Confronting Black Jacobins (2015), and its forthcoming sequel.

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