This is a great history of the Third World & the Non-Alignment Movement, and anyone who isn’t familiar with that history should really read this. Prashad is one of my absolute favorite academics in cultural studies (his other books, Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity and The Karma of Brown Folk, are also well worth the purchase). Prashad has a really great way of telling the stories of the Third World (before it became synonymous with poverty and “The Global South,” while it was in its incarnations as a political movement among recently decolonized nations), and there’s a lot to be learned from ideas of non-alignment.
This book has been foundational for me and my personal studies as well; right now a portion of my work addresses pop culture and the Third World movement in the post-IMF SAP days, with attention to socio-spatial shifts in everyday resistance and music, and builds off of some of Prashad’s closing arguments in this book. There’s definitely a lot to think about in The Darker Nations, and I really strongly urge everyone to read it!