Monday, November 01, 2004

Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri: Multitude--War and Democracy in the Age of Empire

(sparked by Lundi's post on "Controlling the Multitude")

I just picked up a copy of Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri (Penguin Press, 2004)

More Reviews

Guardian Article on their previous book "Empire"

More Reviews/Commentary About Empire

This very cool person also supplies the entire text of Empire in a PDF file--get it while you can!

I'll post more as I read the book...

7 comments:

Deleted said...

Woo hoo! Thanks, Thivai for the link, and many thanks to the kind soul who's hosting it.

Thivai Abhor said...

Glad to help out Harry--let me know when you are ready to read Multitude.

Bill said...

Thanks for the link to Empire. I remember fondly when that popped up for the first time on Indymedia. I didn't realize there was a mirror out there. Cool.

Oh, and I hated Empire so I'd be curious what you thought of Multitude once you've finished it.

Karlo said...

Empire was unreadable. Multitude, on the other hand, is a great book--definitely a must read. Check out my comments on the book at:
http://swerveleft.blogspot.com/2004/09/multitude.html

Thivai Abhor said...

Thanks Karlo--so did you finish it?

I'm currently reading "Philosophy in the Time orf Terror: Dialogues with Jurgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida" and then I wlll be tackling Multitudes...

I read Empire and discussed every 100 or so pages with a reading group (Illinois State University interdisiciplinary scholars!). It was a difficult read--but we had a good group of scholars who brought a lot of perspectives to the task. Unfortunately it looks like I'll be reading Multitude on my own, but I have some more experience behind me...

Reading groups for books like these are key. David Harvey talks fondly of a reading group that he took part in, that re-read Marx's Capital over a decade until they got it down... where are the readers/thinkers?

Karlo--thanks for the link, I'll keep an eye on your site

lokigr said...

500+ pages. I'm not sure how far I'll be able to get with this anytime soon but it looks intresting and highly relevent.

Thivai Abhor said...

I would go directly to Multitude as it is of "this" moment-in-time... (although it is weighty and long as well)