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"How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America is one of those paradigm-shifting, life-changing texts that has not lost its currency or relevance—even after three decades. Its provocative treatise on the ravages of late capitalism, state violence, incarceration, and patriarchy on the life chances and struggles of black working-class men and women shaped an entire generation, directing our energies to the terrain of the prison-industrial complex, anti-racist work, labor organizing, alternatives to racial capitalism, and challenging patriarchy—personally and politically."—Robin D. G.... more
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Kevin Gannon@noisybrooklyn1 It's an amazing book, and one that gets overshadowed too much, I think, by his other work, esp his (awesome) Malcolm X bio. (Source)

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Following the decision to maintain 250,000 U.S. troops in Germany after the Allied victory in 1945, the U.S. Army had, for the most part, been a model of what a peacetime occupying army stationed in an ally’s country should be. The army had initially benefited from the positive results of U.S. foreign policy toward West Germany and the deference of the Federal Republic toward it, establishing cordial and even friendly relations with German society. By 1968, however, the disciplined military of the Allies had been replaced with rundown barracks and shabby-looking GIs, and U.S. bases in Germany... more
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Kevin GannonBest book cover I've seen at #AHA20. (From the University of Nebraska Press) (Source)

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This original, deeply researched history shows the transcontinentals to be pivotal actors in the making of modern America. But the triumphal myths of the golden spike, robber barons larger than life, and an innovative capitalism all die here. Instead we have a new vision of the Gilded Age, often darkly funny, that shows history to be rooted in failure as well as success. less
Recommended by Kevin Gannon, Marshall Steinbaum, and 2 others.

Kevin Gannon@andrewbloomberg That's a great book! And yes, super-relevant (Source)

Marshall Steinbaum@_wolin @HeerJeet Also, much more recently, Richard White’s book Railroaded and his reasonably new history of the Gilded Age are must-reads. (Source)

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The epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality to the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism.

Cotton is so ubiquitous as to be almost invisible, yet understanding its history is key to understanding the origins of modern capitalism. Sven Beckert’s rich, fascinating book tells the story of how, in a remarkably brief period, European entrepreneurs and powerful statesmen recast the world’s most significant manufacturing industry, combining imperial expansion and slave labor with new machines and wage workers to change the world....
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Kevin Gannon@Nutcase020 Great book! (Source)

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