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Publisher's Summary

A bold and entertaining exploration of the epic struggles of yesterday and today.

Blackshirts and Reds explores some of the big issues of our time: fascism, capitalism, communism, revolution, democracy, and ecology. These terms are often bandied about but seldom explored in the original and exciting way that has become Michael Parenti's trademark.

Parenti shows how "rational fascism" renders service to capitalism, how corporate power undermines democracy, and how revolutions are a mass empowerment against the forces of exploitative privilege. He also maps out the external and internal forces that destroyed communism, and the disastrous impact of the "free-market" victory on Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He affirms the relevance of taboo ideologies like Marxism, demonstrating the importance of class analysis in understanding political realities and dealing with the ongoing collision between ecology and global corporatism.

Written with lucid and compelling style, this book goes beyond truncated modes of thought, inviting us to entertain iconoclastic views and to ask why things are as they are.

©1997 Michael Parenti (P)2022 Tantor

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  • 24-02-22

couldn't believe this was on audible

I find it completely ironic and amazing that this is on audible gives me hope

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  • James Pacheco
  • 25-02-22

Awesome listening!

Was held captive by this audio book from start to finish. A must read for any politically minded person.

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  • Alex Peterson
  • 07-02-22

wonderfully done

outstandingly nuanced writing of history of the economics and political systems of the former Soviet republics and Warsaw Pact states before, during, and after the collapse of the Soviet society.

the narrator is also clear in his enunciation and has a very good speech flow. His pleasantly light style of speaking when in conjunction to the heaviness of the history he's reading comes off as a bit absurd in a similar manner to Terry Pratchett's narrator voice in his novels.

most excellent work, hope to see more releases from Michael Parenti!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-22

Phenomenal

A vital peice of work - a must-read for anyone seeking to understand many of our current global crises and our elites' inaction towards them.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-04-22

Required reading for our current day

This book lays out so many points about left wing and right wing ideology that I’ve struggled to express to my family. Maybe if I can get them to read this they’ll finally understand.

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  • Nicholas
  • 01-04-22

One of the best books on fascism, capitalism, and communism

This book is a classic. The book very well written and gripping. I learned a lot about fascism, global capitalism and socialism. The book is informative without being dry and academic and passionate without being biased. I highly recommend that everyone read this book. 10/10

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  • Rusty
  • 28-03-22

Such an important book

This book is so educational and simple to understand. If I could recommend one book for everyone to read it would be this one

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  • Aaron S.
  • 17-03-22

was a good analyst

It was a fantastic overview of the struggle between classes. with a healthy critique of the soviet union while also addressing the positives it brought.

it contuines with a critique of capitalism and why is must be removed.

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  • I wish more people were honest
  • 30-07-22

Highly recommended

Parenti’s best work besides ‘Democracy for the Few’. Both are must reads, although ‘Blackshirts & Reds’ works better in an audiobook format in my humble opinion.

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  • EponymousEquanimity
  • 19-07-22

Barely factual

Intellectually dishonest, as often as I attempted to give it further consideration. Mostly, I’m disappointed because I was looking for a book that broke new ground or offered a compelling alternative viewpoint that was analytically derived from facts. This is more of a political essay, bordering on op-ed.

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  • kerry duggan
  • 07-04-22

Great Listen

If you have a small knowledge of class, economics and politics its a fantastic book to gain more of an understanding. Narration is really engaging

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-08-22

very based

i loved it
extremely based
should be required reading
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