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Special Summer Issue: Books, Music, Films


My Selections


by Michael Barker



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(Swans - July 30, 2012)   Like most people, my favourite books, music, and films change all the time. Nevertheless, here are some that still take my fancy at the moment.




•   Web of Deceit: Britain's Real Role in the World (2003), by Mark Curtis (Vintage Books)

Why Britain is of course not so different from the United States.


•   Re-enchanting Humanity: A Defense of the Human Spirit Against Anti-humanism, Misanthropy, Mysticism and Primitivism (1995), by Murray Bookchin (Cassell)

Need I say more.


•   Taking the Risk out of Democracy: Propaganda in the US and Australia (1995), by Alex Carey (University of New South Wales Press)

A thorough reading of the use of corporate propaganda against humanity.


•   Foundations and Public Policy: The Mask of Pluralism (2003), by Joan Roelofs (State University of New York Press)

A comprehensive story of the rise and rise of liberal philanthropy.


•   Travesty in Haiti: A True Account of Christian Missions, Orphanages, Food Aid, Fraud and Drug Trafficking (2010), by Timothy Schwartz (Self-published)

Waging aid! Philanthropy in action.


•   The Making of Black Revolutionaries (1985 [1972]), by James Forman (Open Hand Publishing)

A timeless autobiography from a leading civil rights activist.




•   Depth Of Sound (2010), music by Dubmarine

Music to dance your socks off to: sweaty times and happy times.


•   Mark My Words (2012), music by Grace Petrie

Beautiful folk, raging against the machine.


•   Beads On A String (2005), music by Kooii.

Calming lullabies and grooving melodies.


•   Party Music (2001), music by The Coup

Hip-hopping against imperialism.


•   Soundtrack To The Struggle (2011), music by Lowkey

Rapping for the future.


•   Constellations (2010), music by the Grassroots Street Orchestra

Jamming tunes and incendiary lyrics.




•   The Big Flame (1969), by Ken Loach

A tale of resistance and occupation.


•   The Day Today (1994), by Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris

Hilarious spoof of the British current affairs programming.


•   The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006), by Ken Loach

A heartfelt tale from the Irish struggle against imperialism.


•   The Big Blue (1988), by Luc Besson

Of love and the sea.


•   Psywar: The Real Battlefield Is The Mind (2010), by Scott Noble

Easily the best documentary on the history of modern-day propaganda.


•   The Power Principle: Corporate Empire and the Rise of the National Security State (2012), by Scott Noble

Mind-blowing exposition on power.


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