[Marxism] Swans release: August 15, 2005

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Aug 14 19:21:36 MDT 2005

August 15, 2005 -- In this issue:

Note from the Editor:  Here is a summer edition made of some of the
sixty-plus book reviews that we've published to date. With a few
exceptions, we selected books of Arts & Culture as well as fiction,
with a special section on Swans' most prolific book reviewer, Louis
Proyect. No doubt, we could all use a nice long vacation to clear out
the dead wood and do some serious reading...

Speaking of vacation and dead wood -- Mr. Bush, besieged by
Cindy Sheehan, is hiding behind the bushes of his faith-based reality at
the Texas White House, firmly believing in the noble cause of the
sacred mission in Iraq. Mr. Kissinger warns in his cavernous voice
that leaving Iraq would lead to a catastrophe in the Middle East and
that we cannot let the public turn against this war as it did with
Vietnam. Former Clinton employee William Cohen says that we must
ignore the polls, move forward, and define the objectives clearly.
Does he mean that we haven't defined objectives yet, more than two
years into the war? More fuel for Mrs. Sheehan...but even Howard
Dean agrees with Kissinger. Meanwhile, Frank Rich, back from
vacation, suggests in "Someone Tell the President the War Is Over"
(NYT, 14 August 2005) that "Bush may be the last person in the
country to learn that for Americans, if not Iraqis, the war in Iraq is

Unfortunately, Mr. Bush does not read the newspapers -- one can't
lead based on public opinion, remember -- and the elite on both sides
of the aisle are circling the wagons while preparing for their re-election
reinvention. How many more dead and maimed people shall we have
to see on the charts before this folly comes to its end? And they are
talking about nuking Iran! How far will they go? How long will we
have to wait for America to join Cindy Sheehan?

We'll be back on August 29 to talk about these happenings, and
more. Happy reading!

As always, please form your OWN opinion, and let your friends (and
foes) know about Swans.


Here are the links to all the book reviews:


George Carlin's "When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?"
by Charles Marowitz

Peter Singer's "The President of Good & Evil"
by Jan Baughman

Malise Ruthven's "A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America"
by Tim Keane

Julien Benda's "The Treason of the Intellectuals"
by Gilles d'Aymery

"Wobblies! A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the
World," edited by Paul Buhle & Nicole Schulman
by Louis Proyect

Joel Berkowitz's "Shakespeare on the American Yiddish Stage"
by Charles Marowitz

Paul Buhle's "From the Lower East Side to Hollywood"
by Louis Proyect

Ray Monk's "Bertrand Russell: The Ghost of Madness 1921-1970"
by Charles Marowitz

Sven Lindqvist's "A History of Bombing"
by Aleksandra Priestfield


Robert Bolaño's "By Night in Chile"

Chinua Achebe's "Anthills of the Savannah"

Eric Ambler's "A Coffin For Dimitrios"

Nikolai Bukharin's "How it All Began"

Alan Furst's "Red Gold"

B. Traven's "The Jungle Novels"

John Sanford's "The People From Heaven"

Herman Melville's "Typee: a Peep at Polynesian Life"


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