My last dispatch, some weeks back, was a survey of various interesting books forthcoming from university presses (mostly) in the fall and winter months -- sorting them into topical or thematic clusters, with enough connective tissue to make it more than a list. Readers approved; some chimed in with titles they’d noticed. And a few long-suffering university-press staff seem to have appreciated the effort, incomplete and unsystematic as it was.
The following review by George Breitman — who among other things wrote and edited a number of books about Malcolm X — appeared in August 1977 issue of the Socialist Workers Party journal International Socialist Review, which is now defunct. I post it here, under fair use, as a service to other scholars sharing my interest in Wright and the history of the American left. (The neglect of Breitman in the Malcolm X scholarship is a question to which I will return at some point.)
Book Expo, the annual trade show for the publishing industry, is underway in New York City from Wednesday through Friday. University press folks will be unpacking their wares and settling into their booths not long after this column goes up. This year I’m unable to attend, because it turns out that the expression “feeling anemic” is not just a figure of speech. (Doctors have tested my blood with some frequency in recent weeks and found it wanting.)
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