Category Archives: Book Reviews

Until The Rulers Obey, Presentation and Discussion May 22

Thursday, May 22, 7:00pm

Social movements across Latin America powered a huge wave of change at the turn of the 21st century. The new book, “Until the Rulers Obey: Voices From Latin American Social Movements” brings together more than 70 interviews from long-silent or silenced groups: indigenous peoples, the rural and urban poor, youth, workers, women, and LGBT communities; leaders, organizers, and activists from 15 countries. Please join co-editors Clifton Ross and Marcy Rein in dialogue about what these movements represent and what we can learn from them.


“This is the book we’ve been waiting for,” Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein say of Until the Rulers Obey. “Anyone interested in the explosion of social movements in Latin America—and the complex interplay between those forces and the “Pink Tide” governments—should inhale this book immediately,” say the noted filmmaker (The Take) and author (The Shock Doctrine).

New Issue of Rolling Thunder Out Now!

We have copies of the brand new issue of Rolling Thunder in stock now. Come get yours today, and join us for a release party Thursday, April 10th at 7:00 pm.rt11


The new issue features national and international content, and a story that is much closer to home – an article about the resistance to the Greenbridge development in Chapel Hill, NC.

The Inside Story of the Resistance to Greenbridge

The new issue of Rolling Thunder offers insight into a previously dark and mysterious chapter of Triangle area history: anarchist participation in the movement that ran the developers of Greenbridge into bankruptcy.

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Author of “We Created Chavez” Speaking About Grassroots Revolutionary Movements in Venezuela, October 9th

Wednesday, October 9, 7:00

Join us at Internationalist Books and Community Center for an author reading and discussion with George Ciccariello-Maher, author of  We Created Chávez: A People’s History of the Venezuelan Revolution. chavezbook

Since being elected president in 1998, Hugo Chávez has become the face of contemporary Venezuela and, more broadly, anticapitalist revolution. George Ciccariello-Maher contends that this focus on Chávez has obscured the inner dynamics and historical development of the country’s Bolivarian Revolution. In We Created Chávez, by examining social movements and revolutionary groups active before and during the Chávez era, Ciccariello-Maher provides a broader, more nuanced account of Chávez’s rise to power and the years of activism that preceded it. Based on interviews with grassroots organizers, former guerrillas, members of neighborhood militias, and government officials, Ciccariello-Maher presents a new history of Venezuelan political activism, one told from below. Led by leftist guerrillas, women, Afro-Venezuelans, indigenous people, and students, the social movements he discusses have been struggling against corruption and repression since 1958. Ciccariello-Maher pays particular attention to the dynamic interplay between the Chávez government, revolutionary social movements, and the Venezuelan people, recasting the Bolivarian Revolution as a long-term and multifaceted process of political transformation. George Ciccariello-Maher is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Drexel University.

New Books from Vikki Law

If you missed Vikki speaking at UNC this week, or if you were there and didn’t have a chance to pick up a book, come get your copy of these two great books from Internationalist!

detail_502_DontLeaveYourFriendsBehindDon’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements





resistancebehindbars2_72 Resistance Behind Bars: The  Struggles Of Incarcerated Women (New edition released Sept 2012)

April 11th Release Event for New CrimethInc Book, Contradictionary

jpegThursday, April 11th, 7PM.

We are excited to announce a new book from CrimethInc. with this exclusive release event! CrimethInc. publications have long been among the best-selling books at the Internationalist; come see what the hype is about.

Expect an engaging and entertaining presentation.

Whence do Stockholm Syndrome and Broken Window Theory derive their names? What is the common root of aristocracy and democracy? Who gets diagnosed with Anarchia and Drapetomania? How did voting kill Edgar Allen Poe, and why is a crater on the dark side of the moon named for the man who blew up the Tsar?

Alternately scathing and sublime, CrimethInc.’s Contradictionary pulls back the curtain from the war within every word, revealing the conflict behind the façade of the commonplace. In the tradition of Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary, this is no mere miscellany, but a lighthearted work of serious literature, concentrating a wealth of ideas and history into aphorisms and anecdotes.