Books and Entertainment

  • What was best in 2014?

    SocialistWorker.org readers speak up for their favorite movies, books, music and streaming content of the year.

  • The filth and the Feds

    Witch hunts against minorities and activists based on their sexual relationships was all in a day's work for J. Edgar Hoover.

  • Why we need activist athletes

    Some of the most prominent voices speaking out about racism are those of athletes who can reach millions of people.

  • #BlackLivesMatter takes the field

    Athletes speaking out against police brutality has the effect of amplifying the impact of the struggle for dignity in the face of racism.

  • Putting history on the page

    The left-wing author Howard Fast dramatized historical struggles against racism, exploitation and war profiteering.

  • The commissioner of lying

    The NFL's Roger Goodell has been exposed for flipping from being a domestic violence enabler to a self-proclaimed savior.

  • Taking on the test

    More Than a Score compiles essays by teachers, students and parents on the front lines of the struggle against testing.

  • Beyond the NFL drug raids

    The NFL has long acted like the sporting equivalent of Goldman Sachs--too big to fail. But those days may be over.

  • Cocaine, contras and the CIA

    Kill the Messenger recounts an ugly chapter in the history of U.S. imperialism--along with the media's shameful complicity.

  • Calling their foul

    The new head of the NBA Players Association is challenging suggestions that pro basketball players are pampered.

  • Sports scandals in Black and white

    The announcement that a NASCAR star is being investigated for domestic abuse is getting a different response.

  • Can the law catch up to LGBT struggles?

    A new book examines how grassroots struggles for gay and lesbian rights led to a fight for freedom and equality in the law.

  • Change the damn name

    Some 5,000 people protested in Minnesota to demand that Washington's football team stop using a racial slur for its name.

  • Snowden on the silver screen

    Laura Poitras' documentary CITIZENFOUR is a taut thriller about the whistleblower who humbled the world's largest spy agency.

  • Islamophobia TV

    Homeland speaks volumes about the consistently awful representation of Arabs, Islam and Muslim-majority countries on TV.

  • Whose "last days" in Vietnam?

    The documentary Last Days in Vietnam reinforces the lie that the U.S. government's war in Vietnam was "humanitarian."

  • Let Dutee run!

    By speaking out against pressure to conform to arbitrary gender distinctions, runner Dutee Chand is an inspiration.

  • Ferguson comes to the NFL

    Dozens of fans organized for a St. Louis Rams game to bring #FergusonOctober and police violence to a primetime audience.

  • Introducing Victor Jara

    A pamphlet on the left-wing Chilean folk singer killed during the 1973 military coup will tell his story to a new generation.

  • Socialists rooted in the struggle

    A new collection of essays by Kim Moody is explicitly written for socialists organizing in or around the labor movement.

  • How Pride grows

    Pride brings to life the 1984 Welsh miners' strike and the solidarity from gays and lesbians that forever changed them all.

  • Israel's war on Gaza is no game

    Activists protested a preseason game between the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and the Maccabi Tel Aviv team from Israel.

  • U2's songs of emptiness

    The mission of Bono from U2 isn't simply to provide capitalism with a human face. It's to ruin music in the process.

  • The NFL flip-flop-flippers

    Football executives have no credibility with players, little credibility with fans and diminishing credibility with sponsors.

  • Telling the NFL: "No more"

    It took CBS sports anchor James Brown to finally explain why the NFL better start taking domestic violence seriously.