REDLETTERS News and Reviews

  • The East is Still Red – Online Discussion 13 August 2023

    Don't miss this 13 August online launch meeting on The East is Still Red by Carlos Martinez from Friends of Socialist China. Other speakers are Da...
  • ONLINE BOOK LAUNCH - China's Great Road by John Ross

    We're delighted to support the online book launch of China's Great Road by John Ross on 10 July. Copies of John's book can be bought here.   Bo...

    Today the world, particularly socialists, faces a similar gigantic fact. China, after its revolution, has achieved the greatest improvement in life of by far the largest proportion of humanity of any country in human history.
  • Marx does Historical Materialism: The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

    SEE ALL OUR MARXIST TITLES HERE Marx and Engels viewed historical research and analysis as a dimension of their wider revolutionary science. The ...
  • A Promethean Vision Reviewed by Sarmad Khawaja for Pakistan Development Review,

    "A Promethean Vision is the latest addition to the growing corpus of literature on Marx in the ongoing global Marxism renaissance. It is a fine exposition of Marx’s ideas about the evolution and structure of capitalist society, also called historical materialism."
    Sarmad Khawaja, Pakistan Development Review

    An extract from Jonathan's White's Making Our Own History, on the debates surrounding the transition from feudalism to capitalism pioneered by Maurice Dobb, Rodney Hilton and Christopher Hill among others.

  • Communist Party Historians Group - Origins

    If the published output of the Historians Group are triumphs of popular accessible and empirically rich historical scholarship, the records and papers of these internal collective Group discussions show an intense engagement with Marxist concepts and formed part of a collective effort, alongside Marxist intellectuals across the Communist movement, to develop and popularise the theoretical and empirical basis of historical materialism.
  • 1000 Days of Revolution reviewed by WT Whitney, Jr.

    "This book ought to appeal to any socialist who rejects the idea the Popular Unity’s defeat was inevitable. Pedro Rodriguez alludes to a more universal appeal.  He notes that, “the Chilean events reflect practically all the problems of Marxist-Leninist theory of revolution, of capturing and retaining power … of people’s democratic tasks and socialist goals, of the objective and subjective revolutionary factors … In short all those questions that require the unflagging attention of Communists and revolutionaries.”


    Making Our Own History argues that Marxist ideas derive their force from their deeply historical world view. The socialist thought developed by Marx and Engels was scientific because it uncovered the laws at work not just within capitalism but human history as a whole,
  • Karl Marx’s Early Years and his “Worldview” by Michael Tribe

    "Eric Rahim’s small book provides an excellent account of Marx’s early years and of the evolution of his approach to the structural analysis of socio-economic development, virtually all of this fitting within Marx’s first 31 years, before he settled in London. It can be highly recommended to those wishing to read an accessible and authoritative study of this fascinating subject."
    Dr Michael Tribe, Criterion Quarterly
  • Karl Marx: Promethean Visionary? Michael Löwy

    This small book is a very useful account of how Marx came to develop his materialist conception of history. His criticism of Hegel, his discussions with various Young Hegelians, his discovery and critique of political economy, his debt to Adam Smith – a very original and stimulating argument! – and finally, his elaboration of a new worldview are clearly explained
  • The Radicalization of Dashiell Hammett

    "Fuller’s research is truly impressive. His readings include not only all of his subject’s published works, but the unpublished ones as well...  Anyone wishing to learn about detective-story writer Dashiell Hammett need venture no farther than this excellent book."