Pity the Nation
Author: Robert Fisk
Publisher: Thunder’s Mouth Press
Publication Date:October 2003
With the Israeli-Palestinian crisis reaching wartime levels, where is the latest confrontation between these two old foes leading? Robert Fisk’s explosive Pity the Nation recounts Sharon and Arafat’s first deadly encounter in Lebanon in the early 1980s and explains why the IsraelPalestine relationship seems so intractable.
A remarkable combination of war reporting and analysis by an author who has witnessed the carnage of Beirut for twenty-five years, Fisk, the first journalist to whom bin Laden announced his jihad against the U. S. , is one of the world’s most fearless and honored foreign correspondents.
He spares no one in this saga of the civil war and subsequent Israeli invasion: the PLO, whose thuggish behavior alienated most Lebanese, the various Lebanese factions, whose appalling brutality spared no one, the Syrians, who supported first the Christians and then the Muslims in their attempt to control Lebanon, and the Israelis, who tried to install their own puppets and, with their 1982 invasion, committed massive war crimes of their own.
It includes a moving finale that recounts the travails of Fisk’s friend Terry Anderson who was kidnapped by Hezbollah and spent 2,454 days in captivity. Fully updated to include the Israeli withdrawl from south Lebanon and Ariel Sharon’s electoral victory over Ehud Barak, this edition has sixty pages of new material and a new preface. “Robert Fisk’s enormous book about Lebanon’s desperate travails is one of the most distinguished in recent times. “
Edward Said http://t.co/AcUClOD
Models of Capitalism: Growth and Stagnation in the Modern Era
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication Date:January 2000
‘A brilliantly comparative analysis of the contradictions that beset all the various capitalist models amidst globalization today as well as of the mode of thinking that limits our perspective to choosing among them. A must read for everyone doing work in comparative and international political economy, and for all those concerned with finding a new way forward for labour movements and the left.’ Leo Panitch, Distinguished Research Professor of Political Science, York University, Toronto ‘This is a truly remarkable and phenomenally important book.
I can only marvel at the breadth of coverage, the prescience of the analysis and of the issues raised, the accessibility of the text and, above all, the depth and sophistication of the argument. In an age of sound-bite politics and, worse still, sound-bite political analysis, this book is likely to become an enduring classic.
It clearly bears comparison with Shonfield’s magisterial Modern Capitalism. In a way, rather like Shonfield’s book, this is simply so good as to be accessible to a very wide audience.’ Colin Hay, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Birmingham ‘Focusing on the US, UK, German, Japanese and Swedish economies, this very clearly written book examines the differences between their economic and political and cultural systems and sets out to show which of them worked best in the post-war era and the reasons for their comparative success or failure.’ Labour Research ‘The empirical chapters represent a useful, accessible synthesis of research on economic growth from political scientists, economists, and sociologists.
And the book certainly delivers on its promise of being a provocative contribution to the ongoing discourse of thinkers on the Left.’ Political Science Quarterly ‘The systematic arrangement of the book makes it accessible to non-specialists … Through its use of recent literature, the book is also useful to business historians as a survey.’ Business History ‘Confused by the theoretical proliferation of the past decade within the economic social sciences? … Coates’ book will be useful to those who are interested, challenged or just plain confused by all the debates … The book provides a convenient entry point into a range of debates, a detailed guide to the nuances within the literature, as well as a pointer to the broader literature about the relationship between economic regulatory systems and the political economy of industrial relations in a transforming economic marketplace. It is well worth a look.’ The Journal of Industrial Relations “…quite the best overview of recent debates in political economy that I have seen.
I finally have a book I can assign in my “comparative capitalisms” course without flinching.”
Professor Vivek Chibber, Sociology Department, New York University
Koen Wessing: Chili, September 1973
Authors : Pauline Terreehorst, Jeffrey Ladd, Koen Wessing
Publisher: Errata Editions; 1 edition (February 28, 2010)
Koen Wessing’s Chili, September 1973 is a shocking account of government brutality, from a socially concerned and politically engaged Dutch photojournalist who has gone on to make similarly powerful images in Ireland, Chile, Guinea-Bissau, Nicaragua, El Salvador, China, Berlin and Amsterdam. First published in 1973, just months after the fall of Salvador Allende to Augusto Pinochet’s coup d’etat, it describes the tense days of the military attempt to root out public opposition in the streets of Santiago, and has since become one of documentary photography’s most exemplary moments. This entry in Errata Editions’ Books on Books series reproduces every spread from Wessing’s gritty documentation of Chile’s darkest historical moment; art historian and film theorist Pauline Terreehorst contributes a contemporary essay titled “The Man in the Grey Suit: Koen Wessing: Chili 1973.”
Errata Editions’ Books on Books series is an ongoing publishing project dedicated to making rare and out-of-print photography books accessible to students and photobook enthusiasts. These are not reprints or facsimiles but complete studies of the original books. Each volume in the series presents the entire content, page for page, of an original master bookwork which, up until now, has been too rare or expensive for most to experience. Through a mix of classic and contemporary titles, this series spans the breadth of photographic practice as it has appeared on the printed page and allows further study of the creation and meanings of these great works of art. Each volume in the series contains illustrations of every page in the original photobook, a new essay by an established writer on photography, production notes about the creation of the original edition and biographical and bibliographical information about each artist.