A Socialist Introduction

Brian Bean, and Sumaya Awad (editors)

Haymarket Books (March, 2021)

Trade paper • ISBN-13: 9781642592764 • US $15.00 • 5.5 in x 8.5 in • 250 pgs.


Through a socialist, anti-imperialist lens, this book exposes the link between the struggle for freedom here in the US to the larger international struggle to build a better world, from the US to Palestine and beyond. It looks at both the historical and contemporary trajectory of the solidarity movement to describe what lessons can be gleaned for building a movement today, and lays out the unique case that understanding the solution to how justice can be achieved in Palestine has to take up the question of socialism regionally and internationally.


Sumaya Awad is a 25-year-old New York–based, Palestinian, socialist writer and activist. She is a cofounder of the Against Canary Mission Project, which helps defend student activists targeted by blacklists because of their advocacy for Palestinian human rights. Sumaya is a senior media editor at the Institute for Middle East Understanding, and an independent writer focused on refugee issues, Palestine solidarity, Islamophobia, and immigration. She has been published and interviewed by a wide variety of outlets including the Feminist Wire, Truthout, In These Times, Open City and the Middle East Solidarity Magazine, and Slate.

Brian Bean is a Chicago-based socialist activist, writer, and speaker originally from North Carolina. He is one of the founding editors of Masses magazine. His work has been published in Jacobin, Socialist Worker, Red Flag, International Viewpoint, Bel Ahmar, Spring Magazine, Green Left Weekly, Chronique de Palestine, Agency, Viento Sur, and more.


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