March 16, 2017 at 9:41 am #85337
Can anyone help me? My old Da will be 80 in May (he joined Glasgow branch '67) and I want to buy him some books as a pressie. For his 75th I bought him The Making of Mankind by Richard E Leaky, A Peoples History of England by A. L. Morton and the pulpy "An Outline of Man's History" by Patrick Gordon Walker. Any ideas for other titles in social/political history/anthropology vein?March 18, 2017 at 8:31 am #125722ALBKeymaster
Has he got any of these?The Making of the English Working Class by E. P. ThompsonDarwin by Adrian Desmond & James MooreKarl Marx by Francis WheenThe Swerve. How the Renaissance Began by Stephen Greenblatt.Mind you, the first two are real tomes. The second two are an easy read.March 18, 2017 at 10:39 am #125723AnonymousInactive
Has he got an eReader such as Kindle?March 18, 2017 at 10:56 am #125724Bijou DrainsParticipant
He most probably has it, but if he's from Glasgow a copy of "No Mean City" is a must, although it's a novel, it does give a very clear social history of Glagow between the wars.March 21, 2017 at 8:44 am #125725
I didn't receive any email notification that I had replies to this thread so Thankyou very much for these reccomendations. I'm guessing he already has the E. P. Thompson as well as "No Mean City". I had forgotten about the Francis Wheen title so I think I'll get it for him. My old man doesn't even have a mobile phone never mind a Kindleso I think that's out of it. I've already bought him Bruce Parry's "Tribe" (book of the series) and a book by Suzanne Romaine entitled "Vanishing Voices" about the gradual extinction of the worlds languages. Adam didn't you recently publish a book? I want to get that for him too. Thanks again cheers RMarch 22, 2017 at 11:41 am #125726jondwhiteParticipant
Chavs by Owen Jones?March 22, 2017 at 11:48 pm #125727alanjjohnstoneKeymasterQuote:My old man doesn't even have a mobile phone never mind a Kindle so I think that's out of it.
Then buy a Kindle with him, with books already uploaded. 50 quid or thereabouts for basic model, even cheaper 2nd hand. Plenty of free books. They are easier than mobiles to use, handier than books. Text size are adjustable for ailing eyesight.March 23, 2017 at 12:05 am #125728imposs1904Participant
If your Dad likes political novels, I'd recommed Edward Gaitens' Dance of the Apprentices. (Published by Canongate)March 23, 2017 at 8:59 am #125729
Listen Thankyou all again for these book ideas. I just know what my Da is like with technology. He hasnt even moved into CDs yet with his music system and still plays tapes and LPs so I know he would just leave the kindle in a drawer. I will look into the E Gaitens title and cheers Jondwhite but I think I'll just skip the Owen Jones one. He's that self important little leftist prick who writes for the Guardian. Or am I getting mixed up?March 23, 2017 at 10:27 am #125730AnonymousInactiveOzymandias wrote:I think I'll just skip the Owen Jones one. He's that self important little leftist prick who writes for the Guardian. Or am I getting mixed up?
No. And you describe him wellMarch 23, 2017 at 1:04 pm #125731
Magic I just ordered Francis Wheen Karl MarxStephen Greenblatt The SwerveEdward Gaitens The Apprenticesplus the new book by Adam "The Alternative to Capitalism"Thanks again for these book ideas. Cheers RMarch 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm #125732AnonymousInactive
I think he is decent wee bloke. He had some good things to say about us at one point. I can't find it, but I have a vague recollection. If he is all over the place politically it is just a general relection of the confusion on his part shared by millions of others. I am always challenging his ideas, but not playing the man.March 23, 2017 at 1:48 pm #125733
I must be getting mixed up then. I thought he was a young Labour "firebrand". The young guy I'm thinking of reminds me of another odious little prick by the name of Federico Pistono who's ego is massaged by dunderheids paying him to fly all over the world giving "talks" about a lot of shite. And the self aggrandisement! Fuckin hell he's like an apprentice to that other windbag Žižek. To think these people make a living out of this whilst the very finest speakers in the party are completely unkown. Fuckin travesty.March 23, 2017 at 4:58 pm #125734AnonymousInactive
Don't get me wrong. There are times I could strangle him, he is so far oot the box.March 24, 2017 at 9:20 pm #125735ALBKeymaster
We debated Pistono four years ago. Meanwhile capitalism hasn't collapsed:https://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/subject/federico-pistono
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