Category Archives: Book Reviews

BLOOD OF EXTRACTION Todd Gordon and Jeffery R. Webber. 2016. Fernwood Publishing. Halifax and Winnipeg, Canada ISBN: 9781552668306

Review and photo of author, Jeffrey Webber,  by Theresa Wolfwood “In recent years, the Canadian state has lent its support to a repressive post-coup regime in Honduras; had provided military and ideological backing for a repressive regime in Colombia, one … Continue reading

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Blum, William. Freeing the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire. Common Courage Press, Monroe, Maine, USA. 2004.

A new book by Blum is an occasion. He has only written two earlier books of political analysis; Killing Hope: U.S.A. Military and CIA interventions Since WW2 and Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower. His exhaustive research … Continue reading

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Blum, William. Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower. Common Courage Press, Monroe, ME 04951, USA. Recently revised & republished in 3rd edition.

In Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower, William Blum shows that in spite of the efforts of U.S. leaders to make their actions appear humanitarian and democratic, the U.S. has run a global protection racket based on … Continue reading

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Bocking, Richard C. Mighty River: A portrait of the Fraser. Douglas & McIntyre. Vancouver/Toronto, Canada. 1997.

The Fraser is one of the largest rivers in the world, and still, one of the few unfettered by dams or diversions. It flows through British Columbia creating a giant “S” before it empties into the Pacific at Vancouver. Bocking, … Continue reading

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Bok, Sissela. ALVA MYRDAL: A Daughter’s Memoir. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company. USA.

“The greatness in being human lies not in giving up, not accepting one´s own limitations.” “…:that by whatever means they choose, all human beings can and must struggle to resist propaganda and falsehoods; and that this resistance is never more … Continue reading

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Boullata, Kamal. Palestinian Art. SAQI. 2009. London, UK & Beirut, Lebanon.

In the introduction to this big and beautiful book by Boullata, a prolific Palestinian artist and writer, the UK artist, John Berger, writes about the absurdity of the identity cards Palestinians are required to carry. He says they have nothing … Continue reading

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Brazier, Chris, Dinyer Godrej & Alan Hughes. PEACE. A New Internationalist Book to Go. 2005. New Internationalist publications. UK.

This is one of a series of small easy to pocket & carry books that also include Green Action & Political Animals. The New Internationalist is the global voice of inspiration and information for all of us in the work … Continue reading

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Brutus, Dennis. Poetry & Protest: A Dennis Brutus Reader. Edited by Lee Sustar & Aisha Karim. 2006. Haymarket Books. USA

“The perfume of freedom has burned my mind…” When I finished reading this history of a remarkable and committed activist and the anthology of his sixty years of poetry, prose, and speeches, I regretted my own failure to talk with … Continue reading

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Burrows, Beth, Editor. The Catch: Perspectives in Benefit Sharing. Published by The Edmonds Institute, Edmonds, WA, USA. 2005.

When I was given this book by the editor, a world respected authority on biosafety, I knew it was about our biological resources and knowledge, but I was not prepared for the outrageous information about such a benign sounding concept. … Continue reading

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Butala, Sharon. The GIRL in SASKATOON: A Meditation on Friendship, Memory and Murder. 2008. HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. Canada.

“Children such as Alex and I lived in mystery…” Butala is the much loved author of many books and plays; she is best known for her “Perfection of the Morning”, a memoir of her experiences for nature and landscape in … Continue reading

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Butalia, Urvashi. The Other Side of Silence: Voices from the Partition of India. 2000. Duke University Press, USA Viking Penguin, India.

“If we had a keen vision of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.” George … Continue reading

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Butler, C.T. & Keith McHenry. FOOD, NOT BOMBS. See Sharp Press,Arizona. USA

By Theresa Wolfwood   “This slogan requires no complicated analysis. The three words “say it all.” They point unerringly to the double challenge: to feed immediately people who are without adequate food, and to replace a system whose priorities are … Continue reading

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