RUSSELL-SocialInsecurity Social Insecurity: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 2014. “James Russell is a formidable crusader with a gift for rendering an obtuse topic accessible. In Social Insecurity, he has penned a book that will enrage citizens of all ages and political persuasions, illuminate them about the organized robbery of their economic futures by the financial services industry, and inspire them to action. More than a description of a retirement system coopted by predatory bankers and fund managers, Social Insecurity is also a passionate account of the complicity of the global political elite and their ideological zealots, complete with a Hollywood moment of Russell’s victory in achieving reform measures that can benefit everybody.” —Nomi Prins, author of All the Presidents’ Bankers and It Takes a Pillage


Double Standard by James W. Russell Double Standard: Social Policy in Europe and the United States. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011. “This is a wonderful book, erudite and sophisticated, yet lucid and to the point. Russell offers us a sweeping portrait of the development of social policy in Europe and America, and helps us to understand not only the differences between the European and American welfare states, but why those differences are so important.” —Frances Fox Piven, former President, American Sociological Association


Escape from Texas: A Novel of Slavery and the Texas War of IndependenceCornwall-on Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing, 2012. “Few other books have so keenly explored what border life may have been like in the years leading up to the Mexican-American War. Certainly, no novel has so astutely captured the mindset of black slaves and their complicated relationships with Mexico during this era.  This is an unusual piece of fiction, both for its tight historical accuracy and the scope of its imagination.”–Ben Vinson III, Johns Hopkins University, author of Black Mexico and Flight: The Story of Virgil Richardson, A Tuskegee Airman in Mexico“Should be required reading in Texas high schools.” –Philip Russell, author of The History of Mexico: From Pre-Conquest to Present


Class and Race Formation in North America by James W. Russell Class and Race Formation in North America.  University of Toronto Press, 2009.  Russell’s meticulously researched and highly detailed book presents a critically important people’s history of North America. –Dan Zuberi, University of British Columbia, author of Differences that Matter: SocialPolicy and the Working Poor in the United States and Canada. Previous edition published as After the Fifth Sun: Class and Race in North America (Prentice-Hall, 1994).


Societies and Social Life: An Introduction to Sociology (Sloan Publishing, 2009, 2006).  Previously published as Introduction to Macrosociology (Prentice-Hall, 1996, 1992).

Clase y Sociedad en Estados Unidos, with Silvia García Núñez (Ed. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1995).

Modes of Production in World History (Routledge, 1989).

Marx-Engels Dictionary (Greenwood Press, 1981).

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  1. […] W. Russell is an expert and activist in retirement policy. He is the author of eight books, including Social Insecurity: 401(k)s and the Retirement Crisis, Double Standard: Social Policy in […]

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