Archive for the ‘Book Reviews’ Category

Neoliberalism Needs Death Squads in Colombia — Comment

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Hans Bennett’s Neoliberalism Needs Death Squads in Colombia adds an international dimension to From the Left.  Bennett’s review of Blood & Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia by Jasmin Hristov provides the background necessary to understand how neoliberal globalization has shaped the political landscape of Colombia.

Read this important article.

Prisonhouse of Nations: A Review of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Jailhouse Lawyers

Friday, September 4th, 2009

More than a book about prisoners defending prisoners in what the author justly calls “the Prisonhouse of Nations”, Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Jailhouse Lawyers has the potential to jump-start the prison reform movement in the US.  In addition to telling the individual stories of the best (and worst) jailhouse lawyers defending themselves and their fellow prisoners in the face of official hostility and, in many instances personal danger, and presenting a lively history of jailhouse lawyering in modern America, Abu-Jamal clearly exposes the political and racial bias of the US criminal justice system and explores the role of jailhouse lawyers in the jungle of American law.

Read the complete review.