Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Murdered by Capitalism: A Memoir of 150 Years of Life and Death on the American Left (Nation Books) Paperback – May 27, 2004
|New from||Used from|
Frequently Bought Together
From Publishers Weekly
To hear Ross, who has covered Mexico for Noticias Aliadas (Lima), Texas Observer, San Francisco Bay Guardian and "other screwball publications," tell it, the American Left is dead and buried. Fittingly, he sets his history/dialogue in a graveyard populated by the ghosts of its heroes. Here lies E.B. Schnaubelt, Emma Goldman, Lucy Parsons, Sacco and Vanzetti and a host of others whose radical lifestyles and actions left their mark on those Communists, anarchists and revolutionaries who saw America in more utopian terms than the capitalists they fought. Soaked by alcohol and salved by drugs, Ross, who has made a life out of dissent, converses with the dead (and dying from memory), lamenting the Left's losses, its infighting, its failures and the occasional victory. But Ross stumbles in his rhetorical excesses and in his efforts to tie together so many disparate rebels and outlaws—from Goldman and Fidel to the Weathermen and Civil Rights leaders. Strictly for members of the choir looking for a good historical primer on the American Left, the book nevertheless entertains with its pugnacious language, Hunter Thompson-levels of chemical consumption and a conviction that no revolution can succeed without a sense of humor. Ross manages to salvage positivity from beneath all this forgotten death, and that's about all the solace the book offers for the true believer.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"Ross's identification with the poor and the marginalized is emphatically not a recipe for career advancement, but it's a choice that would have made his hero, John Reed--the author of Insurgent Mexico and Ten Days That Shook the World, and the subject of the movie Reds--proud."
Top Customer Reviews
E. B. "Eddie" Schnaubelt was murdered by capitalism in 1913. That's what it says on his grave stone in Trinidad, California. He tells Ross how he came to California from Chicago, on the lam from the police roundup that followed the Haymarket bombing in 1886. He insists that neither he nor his brother Rudolph was the bomb thrower.
When Schnaubelt clams up on him, Ross descends into hell to interview President McKinley, then proceeds to a boneyard outside Chicago to chat up the remains of the Haymarket martyrs. Emma Goldman, Big Bill Haywood, Joe Hill, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Sacco and Vanzetti, William Z. Foster, and others join the conversation, discussing the pros and cons of communism and other isms. It makes for a lively discussion and even stirs the bones of Senator Joe McCarthy, who butts in all the way from Wisconsin!
John Ross is a long-time radical, beat poet, and freelance foreign correspondent. His book is a zany and raucous historical memoir of epic proportions. It often lapses into poetic imagery. It is pugnacious and outrageous at times, and always unequivocally on the side of working people against their capitalist tormenters. But it is not non-violent. There is even a warning on the cover that "This book contains graphic scenes of revolutionary violence." Ross condones that violence--if it comes from the Left. But otherwise, a good read.
Feeling that bombing is a central aspect of the American psyche, Ross reviles the government`s bombing campaigns, and tries to separate good bombs from bad bombs: ``In America, the bombs come in all flavors -- racist bombs, revolutionary communist bombs, union bombs, Capitalist bombs, criminal bombs, and just plain old grudge bombs.``
I enjoyed the banter of semi-sane idealists over the past 7 or 8 generations. But in terms of the means etc., I had some difficulty separating one bomber from the next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Murdered by Capitalism is both fun and instructive. John pulls no punches. Though a life-long advocate of social justice and the oppressed -- firmly on the side of all... Read morePublished on February 21, 2011 by Carol L. Hopkins
...who had written the brilliant novel *Unintended Consequences*, and whose political morality is diametrically opposed to that of "...the American Left."
Amazon. Read more
The most frustrating charachteristic of this book is its likeability. It reads like tour-guide patter on a comfortable bus trip through the landscape of the American far left over... Read morePublished on January 1, 2006 by Donald A. Lash
An outstandingly outrageous autobiography intertwined with truthfully tragic American history as seen from the left. Read morePublished on November 22, 2005 by John Grimsrud