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Obsolete Communism: The Left-Wing Alternative
by Daniel and Gabriel Cohn-Bendit, paperback, 239 pages.
By Maddy

Danny the Red and his brother Gabrielís account of the events of May 68.

Devilís Midnight
by Yuri Kapralov, hardcover, 292 pages
By Maddy

I know enough punks, myself included, who read way more non-fiction than fiction. Devilís Midnight and Akashic Books are a good reason for that to change.

A New World in Our Hearts
Edited by Roy San Filippo, paperback, 139 pgs.
By Guest Contributor

The sad truth of the matter is that some people are not smarter than their televisions.

Stand Up, Ernie Baxter: Youíre Dead
by Adam Voith, 251 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

Itíll hook you and keep you reading, and itís exciting to see such a high quality novel come out of a purely DIY effort.

Sci-Fi Western
Curated by Sunny Buick, 96 pgs.
By Todd Taylor

Fancy-assed art book, worth flipping through. Immaculately laid out.

The People Are Revolting (in the very best sense of the word)
by Jim Hightower, audio book
By Sean Carswell

A great introduction to a brilliant public speaker, and even if youíre familiar with Hightower, this is well worth the twelve bucks.

Hostile City or Bust
By Phil Irwin (aka The Whiskey Rebel), 105 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

Much like the Philadelphia Philliesí John Kruk wasnít an athlete, Irwin isnít a writer, heís a storyteller.

Charles Krafftís Villa Delirium
by Mike McGee and Larry Reid, 96 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

A bizarre clash of class, history, and politics that it literally stopped me in my tracks and forced me to think about the artwork in front of me.

Addicted to War
by Joel Andreas, 69 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

You could hand this book to any high school student or slack-jawed yokel and give them a quick education on the foreign policy that the mass media never discusses.

Crass Art and Other Pre Post-Modern Monsters
By Gee Vaucher, 105 pgs.
By Todd Taylor

A fine book to have if you want to peel back and look at the vast possibilities that the high water mark collision between art and punk music are capable of.

Small Town Punk
By John L. Sheppard, 211 pgs.
By Todd Taylor

A dickhead who's openly mean and has nothing to offer except an unwanted pregnancy.

Bad: The Autobiography of James Carr
by James Carr, 238 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

He definitely had the kind of life that warrants an autobiography. Bad is a great read. And, strangely enough Ė because this never happens with autobiographies Ė it has a somewhat surprising ending on a couple of levels.

The Flow Chronicles
by The Urban Hermitt, 190 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

If you like reading rants by angry people who make fun of everyone, hereís a well-written book for you.

Quiet Rumours: An Anarcha-Feminist Reader
edited by Dark Star, 120 pages
By Maddy

A collection of anarcha-feminist texts, from Emma Goldman to contemporary writers like Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

You Canít Win
by Jack Black, 279 pgs.
By Todd Taylor

All in all, if I were to become the Czar of Reading and there were required texts you had to read before being let out into society at large, You Canít Win would definitely be in the top hundred. Not only is it well-written and easy to read, itís got the weight of a manís heart in it and the power of eighty years lapsing to show that history may have happened in the past, and thereís a lot to learn from it, but due to the themes that Jack presses that havenít been resolved, history sure as hell isnít over.

Orgasms of History: 3000 Years of Spontaneous Insurrection
By Yves Fremian, Drawings by Valny, 248 pgs.
By Maddy

Unfortunately, Fremian seems intent on over-simplifying. He ignores a lot of negative aspects to the rebellions he writes about and calls a number of events and people ďanarchistĒ before the term was commonly used. Fremian does pick some interesting events and history. A novice might want to pick this up to get some ideas about historical events he or she might want to read more about.

Jumping the Line: the Adventures and Misadventures of an American Radical
by William Herrick, 279 pages.
By Megan Pants

On the whole, this is an extremely well-written and engaging book. What saves this from being solely a book about someone searching for his own beliefs in life is the stories that he has to tell along the way. Itís always interesting to see history as it only can been seen, through one personís eyes at a time.

Guinea Pig Zero
edited by Robert Helms, 245 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

On the whole, Guinea Pig Zero does go a long way to dispel the stereotypes about human research subjects. It gives insight into a world that I otherwise would know little about. And, though the various essays in this book tackle some pretty heavy subjects, the writers maintain a down-to-earth tone.

Get Your War On
by David Rees, about 11 pgs. of Voltron-themed comics, about 89 non.
By Megan Pants

The whole idea is inter-office commentary about the situation going on in Afghanistan, and American foreign policy in general. Not your cup of tea, you say? Too political? You like some funny with your cartoons? Here you go, bucko!

Critical Mass: Bicyclingís Defiant Celebration
Edited by Chris Carlson, 256 pgs.
By Guest Contributor

This is a good book, I dare say an important book. But it is not the book it could have been, nor the book I would have liked it to be. With any anarchist Ė or, to shy away from a loaded term Ė or hierarchical group or movement, those who organize, create, or edit something that attempts to showcase the group try not to do too much talking on behalf of anyone but themselves.

Connemara Moonshine,
by Mark Gibbons, 136 pgs.
By Sean Carswell

I started to read Connemara Moonshine with the sense that it better be fucking great or I was gonna stop reading after two poems. I read the whole book. Iíve read half of the poems two or three times.

Coloring Outside the Lines: A Punk Rock Memoir
by Aimee Cooper, 132 pgs.
By Todd Taylor

Itís not often that youíll come across a Los Angeles-based, eighteen-month-long slice of punk rock life, circa Ď80-Ď81, that is exceedingly nice and a breeze to read. And I donít mean ďniceĒ in a bad way.

Blondie, From Punk to the Present: A Pictorial History
Compiled by Allan Metz, 512 pages
By Designated Dale

Itís not so much a bibliography, but more an extensive collection of interviews, essays, and selected Deborah-related reminiscences from music artists (being of their own bands or the ones performing for years with Blondie).

Zinesterís Guide to NYC
By Ayun Halliday, 256 pgs.
By Andy Conway

This book serves as something of a punk rock Zagat guide, with listings for great places to eat, see shows, buy records, get drunk, and do other ďzinesterĒ activities through out New York City.

You Canít Win
By Jack Black, 279 pgs.
By Katie Dunne

Jack Blackís memoir, You Canít Win, is an exciting story of a life of crime in late 19th century America. But thereís something else in it, something beyond that. Itís deeply personal but not in an effusive, hyperbolic way.

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