top of page

Highlights of reading in 2012

I read books, newspaper and magazine articles, blogs, journals, and of course a lot of work related reports and so on.

2012 saw some extra reading because of a long recovery from an operation. On the book front there were several highlights.

in fiction, I really enjoyed Tom Kenneally’s The Peoples Train, Michael Ondaatje’s The Cat’s Table, and Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. However, the highlight for me was Anna Funder’s All That I Am.

I bought Eric Hobsbawm’s How to Change the World just before he died, but did not work my way through this important and usually beautifully written work until a couple of weeks after that. It is a major work and a very significant challenge to the opponents of the Marxist view, and also to those who treat that world view in a doctrinaire and sloganistic way.

Right now I am finishing off the collection of essays on American unionism and social movements – Wisconsin Uprising, Labor Fights Back, edited by Michael Yates.

However, the outstanding book for the year, for me, was Mary Gabriel’s new “biography” of Karl and Jenny Marx, Love and Capital – Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution. The strongly referenced story brings to life the dynamic and powerful relationship between Karl and Jenny, and their extended family of Engels, their children, and other political activists of the Victorian era, including the refugee and émigré communities in London. This is no hagiography of Marx as we see at close quarters that Marx’ master work, Das Kapital, and much of his other writing in collaboration with Engels, was also a product of Jenny and their relationship. How very heroic and human they all were.

0 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Not remembering to hoist a petard

Rules and regulations: International Workers' Day of Mourning April 28th From time to time I have been told I was pretty handy with the old verbal judo when representing union members against an emplo

Your wage rise - 0 to 5%

If you are interested, follow this to a single-sheet summary of submissions to this year's Annual Wage Review. The range is from 0 to at least 5%. https://www.icloud.com/iclouddrive/049MPgIzXHjJ1hLQba

Comments


bottom of page