Murdered by Capitalism by John Ross
A Memoir of 150 Years of Life and Death on the American Left (Nation Books)

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A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2004 After spilling bourbon on Schnaubelt's grave, its pugnacious and very dead occupant becomes Ross's mentor, sidekick, and boozing companion through this epic telling of the hallucinatory, carnal, and ornery histories of the American Left and John Ross's own remarkable life. Schnaubelt navigates us through his seemingly boundless revolutionary battleground, uttering cries of subversion from within the grave while trying to remain out of earshot from the Fbi snoop and local supermarket tycoon buried nearby. Ross's own story—hobo revolutionist, junkie, poet, and journalist is a contrapuntal to Schnaubelt's. Ross never takes himself too seriously, yet his most remarkable trait is the honesty with which he approaches life, even while trying to deconstruct his own faults, personal tragedies (including the death of his one-month-old son), and imperfections. His pursuit of revolutionary politics and poetics is the constant, often spent with his muse, Revolutionary Mexico. Ross concludes with a trip to Baghdad as a "human shield," before the Anglo-American invasion, ready to sacrifice his life as part of his perpetual struggle for justice. Award-winning writer John Ross's memoir is inspired from a tumbledown tombstone in California: The headstone reads: E. B. Schnaubelt 1855–1913, "Murdered by Capitalism."

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A native of New York City's Greenwich Village and a younger beat poet, John Ross tore up his draft card in 1957 and moved to Mexico from where he has been covering Latin America for the past 50 years for print and electronic media outlets, among them the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Noticias Aliadas, La Jornada, and Counterpunch. The author of ten volumes of fiction and non-fiction and an equal number of poetry chapbooks, Ross is the recipient of the American Book Award (1995) and the Upton Sinclair prize (2005). He has lived in the old quarter of Mexico City since the great 1985 earthquake.
Published May 6, 2004 by Nation Books. 400 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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She suffered me as an arrogant, blitzed young man wild to become the white Rimbaud (Bob Kaufman was already the black one).” As the book ebbs and flows, with “testimonies” from Emma Goldman, Bill Hayward, Sacco, and Vanzetti, a vivid picture emerges of Ross’s association with the left, nitty-grit...

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To hear Ross, who has covered Mexico for Noticias Aliadas (Lima), Texas Observer , San Francisco Bay Guardian and "other screwball publications," tell it, the American Left is dead and buried.

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John Ross is an old leftie journalist and Beat poet who used to bang around Northern California—his stories have appeared in this paper—but for the past 20 years or so has lived in a Mexico City hotel, whence he sends out his trenchant reports on Mexican life and politics to papers and magazines ...

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