Fifth Estate Collective
The FE BOOKSERVICE is located in the same place as the Fifth Estate Newspaper, both of which are located at 4403 Second Avenue, Detroit MI 48201—telephone (313) 831–6800. The hours we are open vary considerably, so it’s always best to give us a call before coming down.
HOW TO ORDER BY MAIL:
1) List the title of the book, quantity wanted, and the price of each;
2) add 10% for mailing—not less than $.63 (which is the minimum charge for 4th Class book rate postage);
4) write all checks or money orders to: The Fifth Estate. Mail to Fifth Estate Books, 4403 Second Avenue, Detroit MI 48201.
BEYOND GEOGRAPHY: THE WESTERN SPIRIT AGAINST THE WILDERNESS by Frederick Turner
Traces the “spiritual history” that led up to the European domination and decimation of aboriginal cultures as rich in mythic life as the West’ was barren. Beginning with the first separation from the wilderness in the days of the Israelites, and thus from the myths that had nurtured them and connected them with the land, and ending with Buffalo Bill’s hollow triumphs over his “Wild West,” Turner follows the unconscious desire in the Western invaders for the spiritual contentment they sensed in those “primitives” they encountered in their invasions.
Viking 329 pp. Orig. $16.95, now $7.50
THE WHITE ROSE by B. Traven
In the clash between Mexican rural life and the power of American industrialism, Traven aptly illustrates what we have traded for the modern world. A motion picture based on the novel was withheld from distribution for a number of years, apparently because of pressure from oil interests. It was finally released in 1977 in Mexico and has been shown only in Spanish language theatres. The book describes the discovery and exploitation of Mexico’s oil resources by the rapacious giants of the U.S oil industry and the destruction of a Mexican Indian hacienda, La Rosa Blanca, which stood in their way. Against this background develops the clash between Don Jacinto, patron of the White Rose and C.C. Collins, ruthless president of the Condor Oil Company.
Lawrence Hill & Co. 209 pp. Hardcover, Published at $8.95; now $5.95
FASCISM/ANTI-FASCISM by Jean Barrot
“There is no revolution without the destruction of the state.” Using this as a guide, Barrot constructs a devastating critique of revolutionary movements which defend “democratic” forms of the State against right-wing variants.
Black Cat Press 37 pp. 75 cents
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AGAINST DOMESTICATION by Jacques Camatte
Camatte has emerged from the “Hegelian thickets” many have accused him of dwelling in and written a fairly intelligible essay containing many of his basic themes: the domestication of humans by capital, repressive consciousness, the superfluousness of the proletariat, establishment of a human community and others. Several of us who have read it recommend it to those interested in what constitutes at least a portion of the theoretical underpinnings of the Fifth Estate.
Black Thumb 24 pp. $1.50
THE WANDERING OF HUMANITY by Jacques Camatte
“Revolution does not emerge from one or another part of our being...Our revolution as a project to reestablish community was necessary from the moment when ancient communities were destroyed...”
Black & Red 64 pp. $1.00
ON ORGANIZATION by Camatte and Collu
Argues that the establishment of capital within material existence “and therefore within the social community” is accompanied by the disappearance of the traditional personal capitalist, the proletariat, and the theory of the proletariat.
Anonymous 40 pp. 50 cents
THE REPRODUCTION OF DAILY LIFE by Fredy Perlman
Discusses the mechanism by which human beings continue to reproduce the conditions of our own immiseration. “Men who were much but had little now have much but are little.”
Black & Red 24 pp. $.25
SITUATIONIST INTERNATIONAL ANTHOLOGY Edited and translated by Ken Knabb
Contains over eighty texts—leaflets, articles, internal documents, film scripts, etc. With notes, bibliography and index.
Bureau of Public Secrets 406 pp. $10.00
THE GERMAN GUERRILLA: TERROR, REACTION, AND RESISTANCE by Jean Marcel Bougereau
Beginning with an interview of a German urban guerrilla, such subjects are explored as life underground, the legitimacy of violence, the authoritarianism of armed groups, and the effects of the need for constant secrecy on those involved in guerrilla activity.
Soil of Liberty/Cienfuegos 106 pp. $3.50
LOVE & RAGE: ENTRIES IN A PRISON DIARY by Carl Harp
Since his death at the hands of the prison officials, these writings take on an even more powerful meaning. The title of the book is appropriate—Carl oscillated between feelings of inspiration and solidarity on the one hand, and near despair and outrage on the other. Not surprising: you come away from this slim volume wondering how anyone could maintain any spirit at all in the face of such absolute degradation and injustice, let alone reflect upon it and write it down.
Pulp Press 73 pp. $3.95
THE CHAIRMAN’S NEW CLOTHES: MAO & THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION by Simon Leys
A diary of the Cultural Revolution by a firsthand observer whose essays from the period stand above the slavish adulation which typified most writing about the events. Leys notes the emergence of the bureaucratic state as being solidified in a movement ostensibly against bureaucracy. By the author of CHINESE SHADOWS.
St. Martins, 260 pp. Hardcover reduced $4
BROKEN IMAGES: ESSAYS ON CHINESE CULTURE AND POLITICS by Simon Leys
Essays on China’s leading writers as well as portraits of Mao, Chaing Ch’ing and Chaing Kai-shek with first-hand accounts of everyday life in China. All reflect Leys’ Orwellian ability to see events from the worm’s eye view of common humanity (or so says the book jacket).
St. Martins, 156 pp. Hardcover reduced $4
A CRITIQUE OF STATE SOCIALISM by Richard Warren and Michael Bakunin
A large format comic which intersperses classic Bakunin quotes with a fast-paced history of socialism from Babeuf’s Conspiracy through the Bolshevik counter-revolution up until the current day crop of leftist and would-be rulers. As a little cartoon figure says on the cover, “What a boring title...,” but it masks a thoughtful, informative, and utterly devastating critique of state socialism, much of it out of the mouths of socialist politicians themselves.
Cienfuegos Press, 44 pp. $2.95
OUR ROOTS ARE STILL ALIVE: THE STORY OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE People’s Press Palestine Book Project
Although flawed politically by its leftist fawning before Arab nationalism and the PLO, the book’s solid data regarding the sordid history of Zionism and its effects on the Palestinians far outweighs the defects. Even left and labor Zionism appears as reactionary when presented here.
The Guardian, 180 pp. $5.95
PROTEST WITHOUT ILLUSIONS by Vernon Richards
This excellent collection contains many articles written for the anarchist journal Freedom by a participant in the sit-downs and marches against the Bomb in England during the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. This book should be read by all who are interested in this question. “There are no short cuts to peace. There are no compromise solutions between the rulers and the ruled. The day when we will be in a position to influence government we shall also have the strength to dispense with governments. Until we can put short term prospects in their proper perspective We shall continue to overlook the long term aims which alone can ensure a world at peace...” (1959)
Freedom Press, 168 pp. $4.25
ANARCHISM AND THE NATIONAL LIBERATION STRUGGLE by A.M. Bonanno (revised edition)
A rejection of national liberation movements whose goal is the establishment of new nation states, but recognizes the uniqueness of different people and cultures. Additional notes from Bakunin and Rudolph Rocker.
Bratach Dubh, 24 pp. $1.25
THE STRUGGLE AGAINST FASCISM BEGINS WITH THE STRUGGLE AGAINST BOLSHEVISM by Otto Ruhle
Written in 1939, Ruhle observes the Soviet Union and the communist movement after 20 years of counter-revolution. He states “[the] essential characteristics of fascism were and are existing in bolshevism. Fascism is merely a copy of bolshevism.
Bratach Dubh Editions, 20 pp. $1.25
FOR A CRITIQUE OF THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE SIGN by Jean Baudrillard
Attempts an analysis of the sign form in the same way that Marx’s critique of political economy sought an analysis of the commodity form: as the commodity is at the same time both exchange value and use value, the sign is both signifier and signified. Thus, it necessitates an analysis on two levels, with the author confronting all of the conceptual obstacles of semiology in order to provide the same radical critique that Marx developed of classical political economy.
Telos Press, 214 pp. $4.50
THE MIRROR OF PRODUCTION by Jean Baudrillard
Examines the lessons of Marxism which has created a productivist model and a fetishism of labor. Asserts that Marxism reflects “all of Western metaphysics” and that it remains within the restrictive context of political economy whence it was born.
Telos Press, $3.95
THE PEOPLE ARMED: DURRUTI by Abel Paz
An exciting biography of a worker who becomes, a pistolero for the anarchist movement, robbing banks and assassinating politicians. When the Spanish revolution commences Durruti serves as a militia leader until his untimely death.
Free Life Editions, 323 pp. Hardback $5.00
THE STRIKE IN GDANSK, AUGUST 14–31 1980 Edited and translated by Andrzej Tymowski
This short history chronicles the strike which marked the beginning of the Polish explosion. Contains accounts of the event taken from strike bulletins, Solidarity newspapers and interviews. Also, a critical Afterword on Solidarity since the strike.
Don’t Hold Back, 50 pp. $2.75
THE UNKNOWN REVOLUTION by B. Voline
A history of the Russian revolution unflawed by leninist and/or bourgeois distortions and lies, by a participant. This is the first complete edition available in English with only a few copies remaining before it goes out of print. Hopefully, more will be printed as it is the one history of that period that sees events from an anarchist vantage point. It contains a foreword by Rudolph Rocker on the author.
Free Life Editions, 717 pp. $7.50 (The original Black & Red/Solidarity edition is out-of-print.)
THE KRONSTADT UPRISING OF 1921 by Lynne Thorndycraft
Story of the heroic Kronstadt uprising against Bolshevik tyranny and its ruthless suppression by the Leninists.
Left Bank Books, 36 pp. 50 cents
THE MURDER OF CHRIST by Wilhelm Reich
After years of authoring books such as THE MASS PSYCHOLOGY OF FASCISM and many others written in a scholarly and scientific style, Reich turns to allegory and a poetic-like presentation to condemn the “emotional plague of mankind”—which eventually took his life. Perhaps his most powerful work.
Touchstone, 228 pp. $5.95
SEX-POL: ESSAYS 1929–34 by Wilhelm Reich, ed. by Lee Baxandall
This volume contains the first complete translations of Reich’s writings from his marxist period, which ended with his expulsion from the German Communist Party. Although they are flawed by the attempt to enforce a stiff ideology onto Reich’s desire for sexual and ultimately total human liberation, they still remain valuable.
Random House, hardcover, originally $10.00, Now $4.00
THE IRRATIONAL IN POLITICS by Maurice Brinton
Subtitled “Authoritarian Conditioning (&) Sexual Repression,” this pamphlet is a good summary of theories of Wilhelm Reich and examines the mechanisms within society which make people characterologically incapable of revolt. A second essay, “The Russian Experience,” looks at the desire for sexual freedom after the revolution and the understanding of the Bolsheviks that they had to oppose it in order to establish an authoritarian order.
Black & Red, 95 pp. $1.00
ANARCHIST REVIEW NUMBER 5
Large-format (8.5x11) 120 page anthology of articles, reviews, photos, cartoons, news. includes the Cienfuegos Press News, “Some Thoughts on Organization,” “Anarchists in the Mexican Revolution,” “Occult Authoritarians,” and much more.
Cienfuegos Press, $5.50
THE ESSENTIAL WORKS OF ANARCHISM edited by Marshall S. Shatz
Our best deal: 600 pages for $1.95. A valuable introduction to basic anarchist texts, from the classics of Bakunin and Kropotkin through anarchism in Russia and Spain to modern selections from Guerin, Paul Goodman, and others. A Bantam paperback.
WE WANT TO RIOT, NOT TO WORK: THE 1981 BRIXTON UPRISINGS by the WWTRNTW Collective
Personal accounts of the riots that swept England last summer, along with suggestions of their social implications.
48 pp. $1.50
ANARCHISM AND MARXISM by Daniel Guerin
“...Anarchism and marxism, at the start, drank at the same proletarian spring...” “As the libertarian historian A.E. Kaminski wrote in his excellent book on Bakunin, a synthesis of anarchism and marxism is not only necessary but inevitable. ‘History,’ he adds, ‘makes her compromise herself.’”
Cienfuegos Press, $1.25
GOD & THE STATE by Michael Bakunin
Bakunin’s classic work with a new introduction and index of persons by Paul Avrich.
Dover, 89 pp. $2.50
BOLSHEVIKS & WORKERS CONTROL by Maurice Brinton
An excellent chronology and analysis of Bolshevik betrayal of the revolution from the seizures of the factories to the crushing of the Kronstadt Commune.
Black & Red, $1.00
THE POVERTY OF STATISM: A DEBATE by Fabbri, Rocker, Bukharin
Contains Nikolai Bukharin’s officially-sponsored attack on anarchism published in the Soviet Union in 1922, and Luigi Fabbri’s reply published in Italy the same year. Also, two articles by Rudolf Rocker, “Anarchism and Sovietism,” and “Marx and Anarchism.”
Cienfuegos Press, $3.50
THE GUILLOTINE AT WORK by Gregory Petrovich Maximoff
Develops the theme that the stalinist terror of the 1930s, the bureaucratisation of Russian society, the imperialist escapades, through to today’s lack of human rights in Russia and other East European countries are not aberrations in the development of socialist society, but rather a logical development in marxist philosophy and action. It serves one main purpose: “to dispel the aura which Lenin’s disciples have bestowed on him by showing that Lenin was primarily concerned with attaining power and holding on to it as a dictator by means of terror.”
Black Thorn Books, 337 pp. $9.20
FIFTH ESTATE BACK ISSUES AVAILABLE
We are now offering back issues of the FE for 50 cents a copy. Send twenty cents or a postage stamp for a listing.