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"An exciting and necessary book for anyone interested in the history and future of US politics. Eli Zaretsky has written a sophisticated essay on the significance of the US left, one which is, at the same time, alert to historical contingency and rich with empirical insights."
Michael Kazin, Georgetown University
"Eli Zaretsky explores the historical relationship between the left and liberalism in the United States. While some historians dismiss the very notion of an American left, Zaretsky argues that it has made a profound impact on American political life."
In Why America Needs a Left: A Historical Argument, Eli Zaretsky, Professor of History at New School for Social Research, restores a much needed legitimacy to left-wing politics in... Read morePublished on October 11, 2012 by Hrafnkell Haraldsson
I chose the book without quite knowing what I was getting into.
I grew up in Britain and voted for the Labour party, which was the more left-wing of the two parties. Read more
The reason for my mediocre review is that I was hoping the text would be more contemporary. It is exactly what the title says - a historical argument for why the left has been... Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by J. D. Mason
A historical argument, indeed. Mr. Zaretsky goes through the history of the left, through abolitionist times, the "Popular Front" -- the varied labor, Progressive, civil-rights,... Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Robert D. Harmon
I think one who hasn't already studied in detail the history of American politics and social change will learn a lot from "Why America Needs a Left. Read morePublished on July 26, 2012 by Benjamin Lukoff
First, I have to note that as a history book of three American social upheavals, this book is marvelous. Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Kevin Currie-Knight