Sinews of War and Trade: Shipping and Capitalism in the Arabian Peninsula
Laleh Khalili is a Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London. She is the author of Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine: The Politics of National Commemoration, Time in the Shadows: Confinement in Counterinsurgencies, and Sinews of War and Trade: Shipping and Capitalism in the Arabian Peninsula.
A singularly important book and a huge inspiration to me. It opens a viewpoint onto the business of logistics, which, until she had written this work, no one had done: writing critically about logistics and not hagiographically, describing it as some form of connection, but rather as kind of a tool of containment—of labor, of activism—and a projection of imperial power.
A novel about life aboard the ship in the early twentieth century, it’s kind of a horrifying, if you will, story about the way labor is exploited.
McKay was a Jamaican communist who wrote a series of wonderful novels about life in both Europe and the U.S. in the 1930s. Banjo is about a number of stranded Black seafarers in Marseille.
A completely different kind of book than what I have written, The Black Atlantic constantly makes me think about the sea, and how the sea functions as a space of connection, hierarchy, enslavement, and creation.