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THE PEOPLE SPEAK: VOICES THAT CHANGED BRITAIN – BY ANTHONY ARNOVE, COLIN FIRTH AND DAVID HORSPOOL

A Message from Anthony Arnove

My new book with Colin Firth, THE PEOPLE SPEAK: VOICES THAT CHANGED BRITAIN, is just out from Canongate Books.

The book, inspired by the work of people’s historian Howard Zinn, is a documentary collection of dramatic voices of protest and dissent from the twelfth century to the present.

You can read about the book here: http://www.canongate.tv/the-people-speak.html

There are some very moving readings and musical performances — including by Vanessa Redgrave, a last-minute surprise guest — from our launch event here: http://www.canongate.tv/the-people-speak-event-footage

Great photos from the event can be viewed here: http://www.eco-age.com/item/3807-The_People_Speak_
http://pinterest.com/ecoage/the-people-speak-2012/

An excerpt of Colin Firth’s introduction and some selections from the book can be found here:
http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/scotland/colin-firth-presents-the-people-speak-voices-that-changed-britain-1-2539941

And you can check out our BBC Culture Show profile here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxHB8eRmXpA

I hope the book might be of interest.

Yours
Anthony

 

THE BOOK & THE AUTHORS

The People Speak tells the story of Britain through the voices of the visionaries, dissenters, rebels and everyday folk who took on the Establishment and stood up for what they believed in. Here are their stories, letters, speeches and songs, from John Ball to Daniel Defoe; from Thomas Paine to Oscar Wilde; from the peasants’ revolts to the suffragists to the anti-war demonstrators of today. Spanning almost one thousand years and over 150 individual voices, these are some of the most powerful words in our history.

Colin Firth (CBE) is a Bafta- and Academy Award-winning actor. His films include The English Patient, Fever Pitch, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Girl with a Pearl Earring, A Single Man and The King’s Speech. Alongside Anthony Arnove, he was instrumental in bringing a televised stage performance of The People Speak to the UK in 2010.

Anthony Arnove is the author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal, editor of Iraq Under Siege, Howard Zinn Speaks and The Essential Chomsky, and co-author, with Howard Zinn, of Voices of a People’s History of the United States and Terrorism and War. He is the co-director of The People Speak with Chris Moore and Howard Zinn.

David Horspool is a historian and editor at the Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of two previous books: Why Alfred Burned the Cakes and The English Rebel: One Thousand Years of Trouble-making from the Normans to the Nineties. He writes for The Times, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the New York Times.

 

‘The People Speak’ at Canongate Books: http://www.canongate.tv/authors/colinfirthandanthonyarnove

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0857864459

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/People-Speak-Voices-Changed-Britain/dp/0857864459/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1350642372&sr=1-1

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

 

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Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

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WORK AND STRUGGLE: VOICES OF U.S. LABOR RADICALISM

AVAILABLE DECEMBER 10

Edited by Paul LeBlanc

(New York/London: Routledge, 2010)

Paperback Price: $34.95 ISBN: 978-0-415-87824-1

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415878241/

Work and Struggle: Voices from U.S. Labor Radicalism focuses on the history of U.S. labor with an emphasis on radical currents, which have been essential elements in the working-class movement from the mid nineteenth century to the late twentieth century.  Showcasing some of labor’s most important leaders, Work and Struggle offers students and instructors a variety of voices to learn from — each telling their story through their own words — through writings, memoirs and speeches, transcribed and introduced here by Paul Le Blanc. This collection of revolutionary voices will inspire anyone interested in the history of labor organizing.  Featuring: Thomas Paine, Frances Wright, Frederick Douglass, William Sylvis, Terence V. Powderly, Albert Parsons, (Mother) Mary Harris Jones, Eugene V. Debs, Fannia Cohn, John L. Lewis, A. Philip Randolph, Genora Dollinger, Cesar Chavez, James Matles.

“Even a cursory look at work in the 21st century tells us that we live in radical times.   Work and Struggle is a collection of poignant writings from some of the greatest radical thinkers of the last two centuries – and required reading for anyone interested in how movements might develop in our own radical times.”  — Elaine Bernard, Ph.D., Executive Director of Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

“This book offers a great remedy for pessimism over labor’s current situation.  In every age and despite their status as a beleaguered minority, radicals have shaped labor movements that changed the world. Paul LeBlanc’s magnificent introduction and these compelling voices from the past provide hopeful and richly rewarding reading to anyone concerned about attaining greater justice in today’s world.” — Michael Honey, author of Going Down Jericho Road: The Memphis Strike, Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign. Those who want to revive and reinvigorate labor radicalism in the U.S. will find in Paul Le Blanc’s Work and Struggle an inspiring resource. Radical labor in this collection comes vividly to life, reminding us that the challenge of alternative ways of living has a long, admirable history.”  — Bryan D. Palmer, Editor, Labour/Le Travail & Canada Research Chair, Trent University

Paul Le Blanc is Professor of History at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA, where he served as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences from 2003 to 2009. He has also worked as a unionized healthcare worker, service employee, shipyard worker, and auto worker.  He is author of a number of books on labor and social movements, including Marx, Lenin and the Revolutionary Experience: Studies of Communism and Radicalism in the Age of Globalization (Routledge) and A Short History of the U.S. Working Class, and was an editor of 8-volume  International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present.

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