Leo Huberman

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Leo Huberman (October 17, 1903 in Newark, New Jersey – November 9, 1968) was an American socialist writer. In 1949 he founded and co-edited Monthly Review with Paul Sweezy.[1] He was the chair of the Department of Social Science at New College, Columbia University; labor editor of the newspaper PM; and the author of the popular history books Man’s Worldly Goods and We, The People.[2]


The youngest of eleven children of Joseph and Fannie Kramerman-Huberman he was born and grew up in Newark, New Jersey. Six of his siblings died in infancy. From the age of eleven he studied at Newark State School, as well as supporting the family by working in a celluloid factory, as an electrician's mate and in the post office. After graduating from high school in 1926, he spent two years at Newark State Normal School, where he received a teacher’s diploma and started teaching in the elementary schools at the age of eighteen. He served as a teacher at a private experimental school until 1932.[3]

In 1925, he married a high school classmate—also a school teacher Gertrude Heller. For their honeymoon they hitch-hiked across the country to California and back to New Jersey.[3]

His first book We the People was published in London and he gained a place at the London School of Economics. He later attended New York University and competed a science degree in 1937. He held a post at Columbia University in the Faculty of Social Sciences. From 1940 he became editor and columnist for the magazine U.S. Week. In 1949, with Paul Sweezy, he founded the left wing magazine Monthly Review, and became its chief editor.[3]

He continued to write and publish on socialist topics until his death in 1968.[3]


Man’s Worldly Goods: The Story of The Wealth of Nations , and We The People were initially written for young people but were revised for an adult audience.

  • We, the People the Drama of America, Left Book Club and Monthly Review Press,U.S (1932), ISBN 0853451346
  • Capital and Proletariat, Origin and Development New York, (1936)
  • Man’s Worldly Goods: The Story of The Wealth of Nations (1936), ISBN 1406798207
  • The Labor Spy Racket (Civil liberties in American history), New York, Modern Age Books, inc, (c1937) Download
  • The Great Bus Strike -: Transport workers' strike, New York, 1941 Modern age books, New York, (1941) Download
  • There is a man interned in a prison as a "dangerous enemy alien being" California CIO Council (1944)
  • The truth about unions Free World and Pamphlet Press, (1946)
  • The truth about socialism, New York : Lear Publishers, (1950)
  • Man's Worldly Goods, Monthly Review Press,U.S. (1952) and Read Books ( 2006)
  • Cuba: anatomy of a revolution, Monthly Review Press, (1960)
  • Revolution and counterrevolution in the Dominican Republic: Why the U.S. invaded with Paul M. Sweezy, New England Free Press, 1965
  • The cultural revolution in China: A socialist analysis , New England Free Press, (1967)
  • Notes on left propaganda: How to spread the word , New England Free Press, Boston, (1967) View on line
  • Introduction to Socialism, with Paul M. Sweezy, Monthly Review Press,U.S. (1968)
  • Cuba: A revolution revisited Monthly Review, 12(8), (1968)
  • Vietnam: The Endless War Published Monthly Review (1970)
  • Socialism in Cuba with Paul M. Sweezy, Monthly Review Press,U.S.; New edition (1970)


  1. ^ "LEO HUBERMAN, 65, PUBLISHER, DEAD; Monthly Review Co-Editor". The New York Times. November 10, 1968. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  2. ^ Introduction to Socialism author notes Monthly Review Press
  3. ^ a b c d Leo Huberman Radical Agitator, Socialist Teacher John J. Simon, Monthly Review, 2003, Volume 55, Issue 05 (October)

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