Posts tagged “history”
December 2, 2013
Anant Singh, Producer, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Dan Simon, Publisher, Seven Stories Press
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!
Neville Roy Singham, CEO, Thoughtworks
Donna Katzin, CEO, Shared Interest
Tsidi Le Loka, Star of Lion King
Omoyele Sowore, CEO, Sahara Media
Invite you to celebrate the publication of Danny Schechter’s
RSVP to Madiba.AtoZ@gmail.com
A completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela, Madiba A to Z draws on Danny Schechter’s forty-year relationship with Madiba, as he is known in his native South Africa. Each chapter of this unique portrait corresponds to a letter of the alphabet, and the letters cover unexpected and fascinating themes in Mandela’s life and his impact on others: Athlete, Bully, Comrade, Forgiveness, Indigenous, Jailed, Militant, and President, to name a few.
October 16, 2012
A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America (Seven Stories Press, October 16 2012), by Ronal Takaki and adapted by Rebecca Stefoff, goes on sale today! Check out this great review from the October 15th edition of Booklist.
“In 1993, Takaki wrote his seminal, yet readable, work A Different Mirror. In the second edition (2008), he revised some chapters and added others that focus on newer immigrants, legal and illegal, presenting views from the perspectives of both minority and immigrant groups and white, Eurocentric populations. As he stated in the final chapter, “White Americans will not be a majority for much longer—America will truly be a nation of minorities.” Here Stefoff takes Takaki’s book and adapts it for middle-grade and younger high-school readers, reducing the original by about 150 pages and revising some vocabulary to make it more accessible for the intended audience. She has retained quotations from the original and maintained the carefully cited chapter notes.
February 18, 2011Engaging . . . [History of Marriage] weaves stories and facts in a kind of loosely fluid narrative that makes pleasant reading. The author has a flair for sweetening the facts with her palatable style . . . A rich tapestry and colorful snapshot of an evolving institution.
November 12, 2010Rampant alcoholism and drug addiction, the "soldier's disease," wrecked havoc on marriages. So did venereal disease, contracted from prostitutes known as "horizontal refreshments." Symptoms included incontinence and impotence, and "No one knows how many Union and Confederate wives and widows went to their graves, rotted and ravaged by the pox that their men brought home," writes Civil War medical historian Thomas Lowry. Some demobilized husbands had grown closer to their wives through letters describing their experiences, including their fears, hopes, and emotional responses. Others, alienated by years of separation and hardship, had difficulty reconnecting with spouses. ("While you all was Haveing Such good times... on the 4th. we was Shooting Rebels," one young soldier observed.) Some women had had extramarital sex. Others, expecting their husbands to die in combat, entered new relationships. Some sold themselves to survive. When many veterans and their waiting wives reunited, they made each other miserable until they finally sought relief in separation or divorce. . . . What's wrong? Are broken marriages an inherent risk of military service? The sad answer is yes. —Elizabeth Abbott
August 3, 2010By the end of the file one walks away with a profound respect for Zinn and a deep distaste for the buffoonish goons in the FBI who followed and monitored him. ... We are amassing unprecedented volumes of secret files, and carrying out extensive surveillance and harassment, as stupid and useless as those that were directed against Zinn. And a few decades from now maybe we will be able to examine the work of the latest generation of dimwitted investigators who have been unleashed upon us in secret by the tens of thousands. Did any of the agents who followed Zinn ever realize how they wasted their time? Do those following us around comprehend how manipulated they are? Do they understand that their primary purpose, as it was with Zinn, is not to prevent terrorism but discredit and destroy social movements as well as protect the elite from those who would expose them? — Chris Hedges
July 30, 2010Q: What is the greatest tribute an activist can be given? A: The enmity of those in power. To that end, the FBI has today offered a great tribute to the late, great Howard Zinn, in the form of a 423-page declassified FBI file, covering Zinn's activities from 1949 to 1974: essentially a list — vetted by America's "best and brightest" and their faithful assistants of the period — of everything Howard Zinn did during the McCarthy Era, the Vietnam War, and all points in between to stymie the government and promote social justice and a more open society. Happy reading — and thanks, Howard; you will be forever missed.
December 10, 2009From the upcoming Economist review by Edward Lucas of Wojciech Jagielski's Towers of Stone (as it appears on Lucas's blog): Formidable, useful in war and, though picturesque, impractical in peacetime, the stone towers that dot Chechnya’s mountains could be regarded as symbols of its people. Wojciech Jagielski’s book sets new standards for gritty reporting of Russia’s most miserable corner, and the dreadful damage done to it by both outsiders and the Chechens’ own leaders.
December 10, 2009In honor of the new paperback release of Dreaming Up America, Russell Banks's first work of nonfiction, we present, once again, this 2008 audio interview between Seven Stories Press publisher Dan Simon and author Russell Banks, on the subject of storytelling, on the activist mentality, and the invention and mythology of America.
Wojciech Jagielski on the “After Kapuscinski: The Art of Reportage in the 21st Century” panel in New York City
October 20, 2009On October 6, Wojciech Jagielski, author of Towers of Stone, joined Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Alistair Reid, and Lawrence Weschler in a symposium given by the New York Institute for the Humanities entitled "After Kapuscinski: The Art of Reportage in the 21st Century." Watch it below.
October 13, 2009Now available for free online, enjoy Clayton Patterson's 2008 documentary, Captured, featuring footage from the Lower East Side from 1979 to 1997, and the perfect companion to Patterson's Captured, the definitive LES anthology from Seven Stories Press.