Tag Archives: PM Press

“What Would Robin Hood Do?” A Review

11 Sep

Robin Hood and a Tradition of a Radical Nature

Another great review by Sasha: “Revolutionary times call for revolutionary measures, but what is to be done? Paul Buhle’s latest book, Robin Hood: People’s Outlaw and Forest Hero [PM Press, 2011], certainly gives the reader a sense of radical tradition, of what has been done over the centuries—at least in a European context…

“In a world where indigenous populations are pushed to the edge of nonexistence, along with the flora and fauna around them confronting malign ‘development’ and resource exhaustion,” Buhle explains, “the defense of the Greenwood gains a desperate relevance.”

Read the full review here

Gun thugs, Maps, and Mountains

13 Jan

Check out these three new reviews from a former EF! Journal editor and reviewer extrordinaire, Sasha, exclusive on the Earth First! Newswire:

Gun Thugs, Rednecks, and Radicals: A Documentary History of the West Virginia Mine Wars, by David Alan Corbin, PM Press, 2011. Historian, David Alan Corbin presents an archive of mostly-out-of-print historical documents forged by labor leaders during the West Virginia Mine Wars, especially the Battle of Blair Mountain…. 250 pages of labor history throw-down that has powerful reverberations for the environmental movement today. Full review “The West Virginia Mine Wars, Then and Now.”

The Last Mountain, directed by Bill Haney, Solid Ground Films, 2011. The Last Mountain is a documentary starring the movement to save Coal River Valley from mountaintop removal coal mountain villains Massey Coal and Don Blankenship. Official selection at Sundance Film Fest. Full review, Coal River & The Last Mountain

The Natures of Maps, by Denis Wood & John Fels, Chicago University Press, 2008. Author Denis Wood has been present since the advent of the cartographic renaissance, bringing micromapping and digital technologies together with deconstructionist philosophy…. But looking back, he does not necessarily like the effects of his work. Full review, “The Problem with Mapping the World,”

“The leading passion of my life has been… hatred of modern civilization”

1 Dec

Check out another great EF! Newswire review, William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary, by EP Thompson, PM Press, re-released 2011.

Morris was a Romantic poet and famous designer of chintzes, wallpapers, and furniture. But was he an anti-civ primitivist? Herein lies the importance of this book today.

“’Civilization’ (he wrote to Georgie Burne-Jones in May 1885) ‘I know now is doomed to destruction… What a joy it is to think of it! And how often it consoles me to think of barbarism once more flooding the world, and real feelings and passions, however rudimentary, taking the place of our wretched hypocrisies. With this thought in my mind all the history of the past is lighted up and lives again to me. I used really to despair once because I thought what the idiots of our day call progress would go on perfecting itself.’”

Read the whole review here

Check out the book on PM Press’s website here