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The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI’s Secret Wars Against Dissent in the U.S.

Ward Churchill and Jim Van der Wall

Fascinating dissection of the war against “subversives,” everything from assassinations to fomenting race wars.

Publisher: South End
Paperback: 468 pages


The Black Muslims in America

C. Eric Lincoln

“Hailed as one of ‘the best technical studies in the whole literature of the social sciences’ upon its original publication in 1961, The Black Muslims in America in the third edition provides a new generation of readers with an enriched, up-to-date knowledge of the important but little-understood Black Muslim movement.”

Publisher: Africa World
Paperback: 288 pages

Blood in the Face: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads and the Rise of a New White Culture

James Ridgeway

A comprehensive look at white-power movements from the inside out. Through cartoons, pamphlets and other redneck-white-trash writings, this Village Voice political correspondent covers all the beauty of far-Right white hate. Contains genealogical diagrams of white-power groups from their inception, and coverage of David Duke’s “transformation” from Grand Wizard of the KKK into a mainstream, ostensibly toned-down, smarmy politico. Other chapters include “Worldwide Conspiracy,” “Resurgence,” “The Fifth Era,” “Posse Country” and “New White Politics.” MW

Publisher: Thunder's Mouth
Paperback: 223 pages

Blood, Carnage and the Agent Provocateur: The Truth About the Los Angeles Riots and the Secret War Against L.A.’s Minorities

Alex Constantine

Excellent reporting on the riots and their aftermath and specifically on the use of provocateurs, spies and cover-ups by various arms of the secret state. Includes a postscript on similar activities in the Watts riots. AK

Publisher: Constantine Report
Paperback: 80 pages

The Borgias: The Rise and Fall of the Most Infamous Family in History

Michael Mallett

Machiavelli wrote in The Prince (Mussolini’s favorite bedtime reading) that if Cesare Borgia had managed to live just a few more years, he could have made himself master of all Italy. After reading Michael Mallett’s The Borgias, one can see that Machiavelli understates the case. Rising from obscure origins in the Spanish gentry, within two generations the Borgias had made themselves equal to all the ruling houses of Europe in regard to power politics. Rather than obsess on one particular family member (a difficult choice), Mallett thinks in terms of general family traits whose qualities manifest themselves in different proportions. These traits consist of religious devotion, poisoning/murder, sexual license (including incest), self-aggrandizement, and a knack for asset management. Although it is tempting to think they burst into history like a storm and then dissipated, the Borgias possessed great staying power. In addition to Rodrigo, Cesare and Lucretia, we also meet the more obscure St. Francisco Borgia, whose was married to the niece of St. Ignatius de Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order. Co-existing with various monsters, murderers and libertines are the ubiquitous younger Borgia women who take religious vows, adding the requisite note to make this the quintessential family of contrasts. Furthermore, the family branches stretched back to Spain and from there to the New World, where the Borgias managed to end up as viceroys of Peru. MM/ES

Publisher: Academy Chicago
Paperback: 368 pages

The Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico

Edited by Miguel Leon-Portilla

“For hundreds of years, the history of the conquest of Mexico and the defeat of the Aztecs has been told through the words of Spanish victors… In this new and updated edition of his classic The Broken Spears, Leon-Portilla has included accounts from native Aztec descendants across the centuries. These texts bear witness to the extraordinary vitality of an oral tradition that preserves the viewpoints of the vanquished instead of the victors.”

Publisher: Beacon
Paperback: 256 pages

By Any Means Necessary

Malcolm X

Contains examples of Malcolm X’s writings in his last year, when he had broken with the Black Muslims and started his own Organization of Afro-American Unity. “I read in one book where George Washington exchanged a black man for a keg of molasses. Why, that black man could have been my grandfather. You know what I think of old George Washington.”

Publisher: Pathfinder
Paperback: 191 pages

Catechism of the Revolutionist

Sergei Nechaev

A ruthless set of “how-to” rules for the revolutionary. From the man who walked it like he talked it. Much loved by the Black Panthers but hated by everyone else. AK

Publisher: AK
Pamphlet: 12 pages

The Chicago Conspiracy Trial

John Schultz

A dynamic eyewitness account of the infamous Chicago Conspiracy Trial and the events surrounding it by journalist-historian John Schultz. Involving eight antiwar activists (including Tom Hayden, Bobby Seale, Dave Dillinger, Rennie Davis, Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin) accused by the Government of “conspiracy” and with individually crossing state lines to “incite, organize, promote and encourage” the antiwar riots in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic Convention, the trial proved to be one of the most crucial events of the entire Vietnam War period. From the illegal and arbitrary rulings of Judge Julius Hoffman to the courtroom antics of Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin to the bounding and gagging of Bobby Seale and Schultz’s own astonishing conversations with two of the women jurors, the trial is covered in all its bizarre aspects with persistence, clarity and verve. Most remarkable is Schultz’s dispassionate fairness; though generally sympathetic to the defendents he’s not uncritical of some of their motives. Likewise, while capable of appreciating the difficulties faced by the Government prosecutors he’s unsparing in his accounts of the despicable strategies employed in order to win a conviction. Necessary reading for anyone interested in the history of the antiwar movement as well as those concerned with the workings of the jury system. MDG

Publisher: Da Capo
Paperback: 402 pages

The Chosen People From the Caucasus: Jewish Origins, Delusions, Deceits and Historical Interactions With Blacks

Michael Bradley

“The obvious differences between the biblical Jews and their neighbors in the ancient Middle East derive mainly from their very strong Neanderthal physical and mental traits, not from any sort of moral superiority or special status as being God’s chosen people… the typical Neanderthal psychological trait is an inordinately high level of aggression, brought about by an overpowering urge to preserve identity in time. And it was this, and probably this more than anything else, that permitted the Jews to survive, against all odds, as coherent people in an area which was the natural borderland of huge and ancient empires.” By the author of The Iceman Inheritance.

Publisher: Third World
Paperback: 270 pages

Cities of Dreams: When Women Ruled the Earth

Stan Gooch

The author contends “that the totally fortuitous biological mixing of Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon genes (… it seems that the mix occurred solely in the context of rape and slavery) produced virtually overnight the vigorous and gifted hybrid that is ourselves, modern man… At the purely psychological/cultural level, I suggest that Neanderthal dealt Cro-Magnon a culture shock of such magnitude that its consequences are still with us today. Though it left little physical trace, there is in fact, as will be shown, not one aspect of our present lives, our attitudes and our institutions which does not bear that ancient culture’s stamp.” Explores Neanderthal moon worship, the significance of red ochre (also known as the bloodstone) and menstruation in Neanderthal culture, hybrid Neanderthal survivals in contemporary times, the Neanderthal symbolism in Rosicrucianism and the surprising pro-Neanderthal bent of the British Labor Party.

Publisher: Flatland
Paperback: 298 pages