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John H. McClendon III is Associate Professor of African American Studies and American Cultural Studies at Bates College.
Chapter 1 Reminiscences of the James Legacy
Chapter 2 Political Context and Philosophical Locus: The Trotskyite/Stalinist Polemic
Chapter 3 James on Understanding and Reason: Kant, Hegel, and German Idealism
Chapter 4 Hegel's Idealism: Marxist Materialist Reading and Inversion
Chapter 5 James's Locus as Marxist Philosopher: The Humanist/Anti-Humanist Debate
Chapter 6 Comparing Notes: James and Lenin on Hegel and Dialectical Materialism
Chapter 7 Lenin's Theory of the Vanguard Party: Contra James's Self-Activity of the Proletariat
8 Afterword: Beyond the Boundary of the Johnson-Forest Tendency
In passing over stodgy traditional Marxist writings, McClendon has focused on the stupendous West Indian thinker, C. L. R. James. Having received from James a personal copy of James' treatise, McClendon magnificently dissects and clarifies this research, persuasively arguing that James's Notes should be the first read for all contemporary Marxist scholars.
— Malik Simba, California State University, Fresno
John McClendon is a rare breed: he's got the uncommon and uncanny ability to talk about complicated (or complicated-sounding) things in an accessible, engaging way. John's powers of explanation are of extraordinary value to the Left — and to political discourse more generally.
— C.S. Soong, host of Against the Grain on KPFA (Pacifica) Radio
This is a remarkable book, and certainly one of the most sophisticated treatments of James I have read. It is thoroughly researched and tightly argued. And it is an unsurpassed tribute to C. L. R. James. . . . In addition to being the only major treatise on what is perhaps James' most significant contribution to Marxist theory, this book also fills a major gap in the literature on contemporary Marxism, most of which has been written by European or North American authors who have ignored the works of James.
— Alex Dupuy, Wesleyan University