Books

As well as being a writer and an inspiring author, I am an avid reader and book collector.

My wife and I have a collection of almost 1,000 volumes, all catalogued on LibraryThing.com.

Our collection strengths include (in no particular order)….

Marxist-Leninist books and books published in the Soviet Union/USSR. As I consider myself to be a Marxist, we have a wide range of books on Marxism or that use a Marxist methodology, including many published in the Soviet Union/USSR. Notable volumes include:

  • Report of Court Proceedings in the Case of the Anti-Soviet Trotskyite Centre Heard before the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the U.S.S.R. – People’s Commissariat of Justice of the U.S.S.R. (1937)
  • Report of the Court Proceedings in the Case of the Anti-Soviet “Bloc of Rights and Trotskyites” Heard before the Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the U.S.S.R. – People’s Commissariat of Justice of the U.S.S.R. (1938)
  • History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolsheviks): Short Course – Joseph Stalin (1939)
  • Through the Russian Revolution: Primary Source Edition – Albert Rhys Williams (1921)
  • Psychiatric Hegemony: A Marxist Theory of Mental Illness – Bruce M. Z. Cohen (2016)
  • A History of Afghanistan – Yu V. Gankovsky, et. al. (1982)

Third World/Global South anti-colonial liberation movements and separatist movements. Our collection includes books on those struggles waged for independence in Algeria, Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde, Kenya, East Timor, Eritrea, West Papua, Balochistan, Kashmir, Kosovo, Biafra, Palestine, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Nagorno-Karabakh, etc. Notable volumes include:

  • From Conflict to Autonomy in the Caucasus: The Soviet Union and the Making of Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno Karabakh – Arsene Saparov (2014)
  • The Right to Self-Determination in the South Caucasus: Nagorno Karabakh in Context – Bahruz Balayev (2013)
  • The Struggle for Secession, 1966-1970: A Personal Account of the Nigerian Civil War – N. U. Akpan (1972)
  • Third World Colonialism and the Strategies of Liberation: Eritrea and East Timor Compared – Awet Tewelde Weldemichael (2013)
  • The Baloch and Balochistan: A Historical Account from the Beginning to the Fall of the Baloch State – Naseer Dashti (2012)

Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. As I consider myself to be a Central Asia specialist, and to a lesser extent the Middle East and Africa, we have a number of books, both historical and contemporary, on these regions. Notable volumes include:

  • Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR – Adeeb Khalid (2019)
  • Tribal Nation: The Making of Soviet Turkmenistan – Adrienne Lynn Edgar (2006)
  • Russian Colonial Society in Tashkent, 1865-1923 – Jeff Sahadeo (2010)
  • The Birth of Tajikistan: National Identity and the Origins of the Republic – Paul Bergne (2018)
  • The Origins of the Civil War in Tajikistan: Nationalism, Islamism, and Violent Conflict in Post-Soviet Space – Tim Epkenhans (2018)
  • Tajikistan: The Trials of Independence – Shirin Akiner, Mohammad-Reza Djalili, Frederic Grare (2013)
  • Kyrgyzstan Beyond “Democracy Island” and “Failing State”: Social and Political Changes in a Post-Soviet Society – Marlene Laruelle and Johan Engvall (2015)
  • Sir George Goldie and the Making of Nigeria – J. E. Flint (1960)
  • A History of Niger, 1850-1960 – Finn Fuglestad (2008)
  • The Making of Tanganyika – Judith Listowel (1965)
  • One Party Government in the Ivory Coast – Aristide R. Zolberg (1969)
  • The Trial of Hissène Habré: How the People of Chad Brought a Tyrant to Justice – Celeste Hicks (2018)
  • State of Rebellion: Violence and Intervention in the Central African Republic – Louisa Lombard (2016)
  • The Fulani Empire of Sokoto – H. A. S. Johnson (1970)
  • Lumumba: A Biography – Robin McKown (1969)

Trade-union and working-class movements, communist parties, and revolution. These subjects are of particular interest to me because, like I said above, I consider myself to be a Marxist. Notable volumes include:

  • The Fur and Leather Workers Union: A Story of Dramatic Struggles and Achievements – Philip S. Foner (1950)
  • Organized Labor and the Black Worker, 1619-1981 – Philip S. Foner (2018)
  • Miners and Steelworkers: Labour in Cape Breton – Paul MacEwan (1976)
  • An Unauthorized History of the RCMP – Lorne and Caroline Brown (1978)
  • Bienfait: The Saskatchewan Miners’ Struggle of ’31 – Stephen Endicott (2002)
  • The Communist Movement in Nepal: Origin and Development – Bhim Rawal (2007)
  • The Japanese Communist Party – George M. Beckmann and Okubo Genii (1969)
  • Ethiopia’s Revolution – Raul Valdes Vivo (1978)
  • The Sudanese Communist Party: Ideology and Party Politics – Tareq Y. Ismael (2017)
  • The Rise and Fall of the Iraqi Communist Party: Evolution and Transformation – Tareq Y. ismael (2008)
  • Our Fight for Canada – Tim Buck (1960)
  • Canada and the Russian Revolution: The Impact of the World’s First Socialist Revolution on Labor and Politics in Canada – Tim Buck (1967)
  • Conditions of the Working-Class in Toronto, 1900-21 – Michael J. Piva (1979)
  • The Chinese Labor Movement, 1919-1927 – Jean Chesneaux (1980)
  • J. B. McLachlan: A Biography – David Frank (1999)
  • The Forge Glows Read: From Blacksmith to Revolutionary – Tom McEwen (1974)

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