Category Archives: Book Reviews

Sen, Jai, Anita Anand, Arturo Escobar & Peter Waterman eds. Challenging Empires: World Social Forum. 2004. Viveka Foundation, New Delhi, India.

The Viveka Foundation, a centre for alternative perspectives launched this exhaustive study of the World Social Forum process at the WSF in Mumbai, 2004. There are essays and statements from individuals and groups around the world who have been involved … Continue reading

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Septer, Dirk. Lost Nuke: The Last Flight of Bomber 075. 2012. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd. Canada.

This is an investigative narrative of the events that followed the crash in 1950 of a USA Air Force B-36 intercontinental bomber whose wreckage was found in the rugged mountains of northern British Columbia accidently, four years later. What is … Continue reading

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Shah, Sonia. CRUDE: The Story of Oil. 2004. Seven Stories Press. USA. Publishers Group, CANADA.

“This book tells the story of oil from its birth hundreds of millions of year ago, when ancient creatures floated with sun-dappled seas sucked carbon out of the air, through to its maturation entombed deep underground.” In vivid prose and … Continue reading

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Shah, Sonia. The Body Hunters : Testing New Drugs On The World´s Poorest Patients. 2006. New Press. New York, USA.

The author of CRUDE has written another excellent, well–researched book – this time about the unscrupulous behaviour of the mega–sized drug corporations of the world. John le Carre says in his introduction: “….Imagine the uproar if dozens of drug-trial patients … Continue reading

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Shaxson, Nicholas. Treasure islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens. 2011. Palgrave Macmillan. UK. ISBN 978-0-230-10501-0

Review by Theresa Wolfwood “Societies grant corporations immense privileges, such  as limited liability…they have also been granted the right to be treated as artificial legal entities that can relocate to different  jurisdictions almost at will, irrespective of where they really … Continue reading

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Shehadeh, Raja. PALESTINE WALKS: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape. 2008. Profile Books. London, UK.

“…for every story there is an ending.” “…the biography of these hills is… my own.” This memoir is a guided journey; the reader goes with the author as he remembers and reflects on his sorhat (spiritual walks to nourish the … Continue reading

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Shiva, Vandana. Soil Not Oil: Climate Change, Peak Oil, and Food Insecurity. 2008. Zed Books UK.

“We can either keep sleepwalking to extinction or wake up to the potential of the planet and ourselves,” Soil, Not Oil is another of this well known environmentalist´s pithy treatises on topical and important issues. Shiva has a knack of … Continue reading

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Smith, Diane with Jagori. Birthing with Dignity: a guide for training community level midwives and healthworkers. 2004. Jagori, New Delhi, India.

This beautiful conceived and created book is more than a guide for birth attendants; it is a tribute to the act of creation and our creators – mothers. It comes from a land where women and their role in creating … Continue reading

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Solnit, David. GLOBALIZE LIBERATION. 2004. City Lights Books, USA.

“In the face of what is called globalization-a world with no borders for capital–let us welcome this vindication of the internationalism of human solidarity.” Eduardo Galeano, Uruguay on page 447 “Participate, don’t spectate.” “Listen, don’t preach.” page 482″If you come … Continue reading

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Solnit, Rebecca. HOPE IN THE DARK: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities. 2006. Penguin Books. worldwide.

“It´s always too soon to go home. And it´s always too soon to calculate effect.”Activists who feel despondent and or just plain tired will read this book and take heart in our work and find purpose in the creative search … Continue reading

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Solnit, Rebecca. Wanderlust: A History of Walking. Viking Penguin, UK, USA, Canada.

Solnit weaves a wide ranging survey of an activity most of us take for granted from about the age of two on. She writes about walking as a historic activity from Greek philosophers to Romantic poets to urban nature seekers … Continue reading

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Somerville, Margaret. The Ethical Canary: Science, Society and the Human Spirit. Penguin Books, Toronto, ON.

“Scientific progress alone would be a hollow victory without the moral or ethical progress that must accompany it and ensure the humanization and humanity of our development and use of science.” The canary used to detect poisonous gas in coal … Continue reading

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