Until this week I had a fear of history books. Remains to be Seen: Tracing Joe Hill's Ashes in New Zealand by Jared Davidson dispelled my fear with its stunning layout, exceptional readability and perfect length (85 pages). The book’s subtitle might be a little misleading, as the book takes us through events that seem to have produced no trace of Joe Hill's ashes in New Zealand whatsoever. The journey, however, is very informative, revealing sad truths about New Zealand's history and the origins of today's repressive state. If a history book should do anything it is to kindle an interest in the past. Davidson's book left me with inspiration to learn more of Joe Hill and dissenters during World War I, and therefore comes highly recommended. – Arthur Price.Courtesy of the Labour History Project Newsletter #52.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
My speech at the Christchurch book launch (30 June, 2011). The book—an account of censorship, Joe Hill, and the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) during the First World War—is available to purchase at http://www.rebelpress.org.nz/publications/remains-to-be-seen