Suggested Readings

September 25, 2007

Serafino Romualdi, Presidents and Peons Recollections of a Labor Amabassador in Latin America (New York) Funk and Wagnalls, 1967 $8.95 This Italian Social Democratic immigrant worked his way up through David Dubinsky's International Ladies Garment Workers Union, and the U.S. government's World War II intelligence outfit (Office of Strategic Service) to become the AFL-CIOes top representative in Latin America. In rather personal terms he relates how the United States government in close cooperation with the large corporations smashed the Communist trade unions and underwrote those unions friendly "to democracy and freedom." Romaldi is quite proud of his intimate relations with such enlightened labor favorites as Nelson Rockefeller, J. Peter Grace and Juan Trippe (of Pan A Airways). The mutual interests of labor-management and well-trained and groomed personnel is the basic strategy for winning labor's rights (collective bargaining!). The CIA, with which Romualdi was closely associated, isn't mentioned once.

National Catholic Reporter of January 31, and February 7, 1968 for coverage of several Maryknoll missioners' recent involvement with the Guatemalan guerrilla forces including Father Thomas R. Melvillets 3,000 word statement telling why he believes revolution is the only solution to Guatemala's social problems and why he personally chose it. (Jan 31 issue) National Catholic Reporter, Box 281, Kansas City, Mo. 64141

Camilo Torres Obras Escoaidas (Libreria Horizontes, Tristan Narvaja 1544, Monte-video, Uruguay) 1968 (price not known) The most complete collection published to date in America of the sociological, political and personal writings of Camilo Torres, Colombian priest-turned guerrilla who died fighting with the rebels.

Pierre Jalee, The Pillage of the Third World, (New York) Monthly Review Press, 1968 (English edition is from revised and updated French edition published in 1965) Jalee's purpose is to "examine the part played in the world economy by the Third World on the one hand and the industrialized capitalist countries on the other and, more especially to illuminate the economic relations between the Third World and imperialism by following changes and trends in these relations. The statistical data presented is taken primarily from United Nations and World Bank publications.

Edward Boorstein, The Economic Transformation of Cuba, (New York) Monthly Review Press 1968. Prepublication offer of $6.00 until April 8, thereafter $7.95. As an economist who worked in Cuba for 3 years, involved in the everyday problems and decisions in shaping Cuba's economic policy, Boorstein shows how the decision to put the main thrust of their effort into intensification of sugar cane production and agricultural diversification was made. This nontechnical discussion makes the economic, human and social considerations very real to the reader. Monthly Review Press, 116 W. 14th Street, New York New York 10011


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