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Books by Mike Marqusee

Next year – not in Jerusalem

If I Am Not For Myself reviewed by Michael Kustow in The Independent Friday, 21 March 2008 When I had finished this book, I wanted to cheer. It concludes with “Confessions of a ‘Self-Hating Jew’”, a passionate dismissal of the accusation that anyone who criticises Israel must be an anti-Semite and, if Jewish, a self-hater…. Read more

Stumbling out of Zionism

Mukul Kesevan reviews If I Am Not for Myself BIBLIO, March-April 2008 Mike Marqusee’s range as a writer is prodigious. The first book of his that I read was Anyone But England, a brilliant materialist history of cricket in England, one of the best books ever written on the game. I remember thinking then, how… Read more

Chimes of Freedom: TLS review

Review of Chimes of Freedom and Christopher Ricks’ Dylan’s Visions of Sin By Mark Ford, Times Literary Supplement, 30 October, 2003 “The only thing I can compare him with is blotting paper”, the Irish singer Liam Clancy once remarked of the scruffy, mumbling, chain-smoking nineteen-year-old folkie who arrived on the Greenwich Village coffee-house scene in… Read more

Redemption Song: review by Kofi Natambu

By Kofi Natambu, Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine, 20 March 2000 This is an extraordinary book. It is especially astonishing because just when I began to despair that any one text could possibly do justice to accurately documenting and analyzing the often badly misunderstood and largely misrepresented complexity of either Muhammad Ali, the African American civil… Read more

In the fight for black freedom

Review of Redemption Song by Nirmal Shekar, Frontline, August 1999 AS we approach the end of an eventful century – one that has, in many ways, transformed our basic presumptions about life and living – in every sphere of human activity there is bound to be a critical review of the last 100 years and… Read more

Another View of Ali – ‘Redemption Song’ Reviewed

By Playthell Benjamin, The Black World Today, 1999 It was hard to imagine that I could learn anything new about Muhammad Ali. After all, we are the same age and I have been an avid fan since he burst upon the sports scene like a breath of fresh air in the early sixties. In fact,… Read more