The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Lately I've read several books that describe revolutions - whether attempts to replace established governments, like in the American or French Revolutions, or cultural revolutions, such as those that took place in China or Iran.  If you're also interested in learning about historical revolutions, you might check out:

  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi - in her graphic novel autobiography, Satrapi describes growing up during the cultural revolution in Iran and of her experiences living abroad.

What have you read recently that you would recommend?


Persepolis is great! Two

Persepolis is great! Two books having to do with revolutions that i've recently read are: Dreams of Freedom: A Ricardo Flores Magon Reader ed. by Chaz Bufe and Mitchell Cowen Verter - This book goes into depth about Magon and the Partido Liberal Mexicano's involvement in the Mexican Revolution. This book contains a lot of the articles Magon wrote trying to rally Mexican workers to fight for their own liberation. Magon was very influenced by anarchism and believed that the Mexican workers could take care of their own needs without the involvemet of politics,government, and private businesses. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein - Although not specifically about one specific revolution, in this book Klein does an amazingly good job of describing captialism's (specifically Milton Friedman's Chicago school of economics) involvement in Latin American coups/revolutions as well as its involvement in South Africa, the former Soviet Union, Poland, and China. Oh, this book also has a really interesting chapter about the origins of the CIA's torture techniques.