Every day, new books arrive in the offices of Utne Reader. It would be impossible to review all of them, but a shame to leave many hidden on the shelves. In "Bookmarked," we link to excerpts from some of our favorites, hoping they'll inspire a trip to your local library or bookstore. Enjoy!
The increasing trend of monolithic companies taking over large shares of industry has created a “financialization-stagnation trap” that’s negatively affecting economies across the world, particularly in the Global South. That’s John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney’s argument in The Endless Crisis: How Monopoly-Finance Capital Produces Stagnation and Upheaval from the USA to China (Monthly Review Press, 2012). In this excerpt from the book’s introduction, Foster and McChesney explain how understanding the rise of financialization stagnation is essential to understanding global class struggle.
Millions of Americans are drawn to antiques and flea-market culture,
whether as participants or as viewers of the perennially popular Antiques Roadshow or the recent hit American Pickers. This world has the air of a lottery: a $20 purchase might net you four, five or six figures. But as Killer Stuff and Tons of Money (Penguin
Books, 2011) illustrates, you’ve got to know your history to find those
hidden gems. Author Maureen Stanton shadows charismatic autodidact Curt
Avery, a master dealer, to flea markets, auctions and high-end antiques
shows—and discovers a true behind-the-scenes look that reveals the deep
knowledge and obsessive passion necessary to earn a living selling old
objects. Through the eyes of Curt Avery, learn how objects’ histories
and aesthetics unfold in the flea market world in this excerpt taken
from Chapter 1, “Opium Bottles and Knuckleheads.”