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  • By edagro
    Nov 2, 2013
    Ancient history worth reading! - In "Two Communists Brothers" (as I think everyone will wind up abbreviating the title) Don Forbes takes up where his previous book "Head Pin and Wash Up" left off. In Head Pin Don wrote of his work with his friend and fellow union organizer Joe Chase during the 1960s, a time marked by the intersecting struggles to end the U.S. invasion of Vietnam and to protect the railroad workers' unions from being destroyed by owners, management, and technological change. In Two Communist Brothers Don delves more deeply into the political and personal history of Joe Chase and his brother Homer, red diaper babies growing up in the early part of the 20th century, when it was still possible to believe that communism was a viable alternative to capitalism. The book is full of exciting stories of the lives of American dissidents from the 1930s and the Spanish Civil War through World War Two and up to the American defeat in Vietnam. The author must be... More > given a lot of credit for along the way outlining how his own thought progressed from a rather uncritical acceptance of Marxism through the testing of it against the realities of Stalin's USSR (during which he managed to keep Joe Chase's friendship despite the latter's intransigent belief) and finally to a cogent critique of late capitalism's increasing threat to American democracy. It used to be we read the histories of Greece and Rome for guidance in forestalling the excesses of power and the building of a better society. Driven largely by a technology, the pace of change has become so fast that nowadays stories of even a past as late as the disastrous American invasion of Iraq have become our new ancient history. Yet there are still lessons to be (re)learned. Two Communist Brothers is a worthy addition to that ancient story . ---- Full disclosure: the reviewer, as well as having been the editor and designer of Head Pin and Wash Up, also appears as a character in that book. Can't be helped: we're friends and comrades in struggle.< Less
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Product Details

First Edition
Donald H. Forbes
November 2, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.6 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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