Activist, Historian, Author of
A Peoples History of the United States
"For several years, I ordered books for my courses in political science at Boston University through Revolution Books in Cambridge. I had several reasons for doing this. I wanted to help a struggling bookstore rather than add to the profits of the huge commercial store to which my students were normally directed. And I thought it would be more educational for my students than a traditional bookstore. It turned out to be an excellent decision.
Revolution Books was efficient in ordering books and making them available. My students found it a fascinating experience to rummage through the unusual material they found in the store. When I asked them, at the end of the first semester, if they thought I should continue using Revolution Books, even though it meant traveling to Cambridge instead of buying books near the campus, they overwhelmingly said we should continue."
VIVA LA REVOLUCION!
Looking for your fellow comrades? You won't find them at the Coop.
By ANA P GANTMAN
Harvard Crimson Staff Writer
Somewhere between the Kong and the CrÍperie, a revolution may be stirring.
Revolution Books has inhabited various Cambridge locations since its founding in 1979. Today, it resides at 1156 Mass. Ave., where a black door and narrow set of stairs leads visitors up to a room crowded floor-to-ceiling with books.
The bookstore was founded by the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), USA, an organization whose agenda is to overthrow the capitalist system, guide society through socialism, and implant communism.
"The mission of the store is to bring revolutionary politics to the people," said Ben O'Leary, the middle-aged volunteer who was manning the bookstore Saturday evening. Wearing an anti-George Bush message on his t-shirt, O'Leary described the bookstore as a "place for people to come and struggle over issues of the day."
Bookshelves, filled with everything from standard Communist manuals to pro-feminist texts, reflect this diversity. The store also distributes a weekly newspaper and hosts lectures and readings, according to the various advertisements adorning the store's interior.
While O'Leary says that the traffic in the store varies drastically, Revolution was going slowly Saturday evening. A man in dreadlocks and a Che Guevara hat browsed the offerings, but exited before FM could speak to him, warning his fellow compatriots: "Watch out for the mainstream press!"
The other two customers in the store took his warning to heart, refusing to reveal their names to FM. But the couple was friendlier when it came to talking about (surprise!) the "revolution." "[It's] great to get off the capitalist chain of stores," the woman said.
Indeed. Welcome, comrades.
People Talking on Yelp!.com
"Tough review since this place is so small. Compared to someplace like Lucy Parsons, Revolution doesn't stock a lot, so there isn't much diversity in perspective (not that you necessarily want it - just sayin'.) That said, they have an impressive Marxist library and a whole mess of pamphlets, which personally inspires me to make my own because more people should make small, passable literature. I'm not sure that the space is handicap accessible, which seems odd, and they have tricky hours, like only afternoons. However, they're friendly folks with lots of info and goodness to share. I recommend their mailing list to stay up on what's what."
"Revolution Books caters to the little communist in everyone. They sell books on marxism, leninism, maoism, current communist movments, etc. And other stuff too like on women's movements."
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