Category: Political action

Palgrave Advances in Peacebuilding

Palgrave MacMillan | February 15, 2010 | 469 pages
Critical thinking has prospered in the interdisciplinary study of peacebuilding over the last decade or so, despite (and perhaps because of) the certainties and systems offered by the comfortable, liberal-realist mainstream praxis. As the liberal state system, and the assumptions of the... More Info

The Sounds of Capitalism

University of Chicago Press | July 27, 2012 | 366 pages
From the early days of radio through the rise of television after World War II to the present, music has been used more and more often to sell goods and establish brand identities. And since at least the 1920s, songs originally written for commercials have become popular songs, and songs written... More Info

Global Corporate Governance

Columbia Univ Pr | September 1, 2009 | 365 pages
Effective corporate governance, or the set of controls and incentives that drive top management, originates both outside and inside the firm and assures investors who hope to commit their capital. Essential when buying stocks in one's own country, effective corporate governance is even more... More Info

How They Got Away With It

November 25, 2012 | 384 pages
An international team of scholars with backgrounds in criminology, sociology, economics, business, government regulation, and law examine the historical, social, and cultural causes of the 2008 economic crisis. They also take stock of the long-term devastation done to governments, businesses, and... More Info

Why Civil Resistance Works

December 16, 2012 | 320 pages
For more than a century, from 1900 to 2006, campaigns of nonviolent resistance were more than twice as effective as their violent counterparts in achieving their stated goals. By attracting impressive support from citizens, whose activism takes the form of protests, boycotts, civil disobedience,... More Info

We Eat the Mines an

June 18, 1979 | 363 pages
In this powerful anthropological study of a Bolivian tin mining town, Nash explores the influence of modern industrialization on the traditional culture of Quechua-and-Aymara-speaking Indians.  More Info

Abu Dhabi

Columbia Univ Pr | December 27, 2011 | 256 pages
A rising economic power, Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, is poised to become a major player in the fortunes of both Third and First World countries. Abu Dhabi owns more than 8 percent of the world's oil reserves, has close to one trillion dollars to invest in sovereign... More Info

From the Mines to the Streets

May 15, 2012 | 263 pages
From the Mines to the Streets draws on the life of Flix Muruchi to depict the greater forces at play in Bolivia and elsewhere in South America during the last half of the twentieth century. It traces Flix from his birth in an indigenous family in 1946, just after the abolition of bonded labor,... More Info

Reforming the Unreformable

MIT Press | September 21, 2012 | 198 pages
Corrupt, mismanaged, and seemingly hopeless: that's how the international communityviewed Nigeria in the early 2000s. Then Nigeria implemented a sweeping set of economic and politicalchanges and began to reform the unreformable. This book tells the story of how a dedicated andpolitically committed... More Info

The Surprising Design of Market Economies

September 1, 2012 | 280 pages
The “free market” has been a hot topic of debate for decades. Proponents tout it as a cure-all for just about everything that ails modern society, while opponents blame it for the very same ills. But the heated rhetoric obscures one very important, indeed fundamental, fact—markets don't just... More Info

Revolution Interrupted

Univ of Wisconsin Press | April 14, 2011 | 230 pages
In October 1973 a mass movement forced Thailand's prime minister to step down and leave the country, ending nearly forty years of dictatorship. Three years later, in a brutal reassertion of authoritarian rule, Thai state and para-state forces quashed a demonstration at Thammasat University in... More Info

How to Change the World

Yale University Press | October 4, 2012 | 480 pages
Recommended by Paul, City Lights Books "We need to take account of Marx today," argues Eric Hobsbawm in this persuasive and highly readable book. The ideas of capitalism's most vigorous and eloquent enemy have been enlightening in every era, the author contends, and our current historical situation... More Info

The Good Rich and What They Cost Us

January 8, 2013 | 208 pages
Is it possible for a democracy to include a tiny group of citizens who are vastly richer than the rest of us? What does that do to our cherished ideal of democratic equality?  More Info

The Leap

Vintage Books Canada | September 4, 2012 | 368 pages
The most vital project of the twenty-first century is a shift from our unsustainable way of life to a sustainable one--a great lateral leap from a track headed for economic and ecological disaster to one bound for renewed prosperity. InThe Leap, Chris Turner presents a field guide to making that... More Info

The Price of Civilization

Vintage Books Canada | August 21, 2012 | 352 pages
For more than three decades, Jeffrey D. Sachs has been at the forefront of international economic problem solving. But the bestselling author ofThe End of PovertyandCommon Wealthturns his attention to his own home, the United States, inThe Price of Civilization, a book that is essential reading for... More Info

Dear Undercover Economist

Anchor Canada | August 25, 2009 | 240 pages
A fantastic collection of witty, insightful, and often outrageous Financial Timescolumns that answer readers' personal dilemmas using the latest economic theory. Tim Harford employs his idiosyncratic style to explain economic principles so that anyone can understand them and reveals how they apply... More Info


Doubleday Canada | October 16, 2012 | 352 pages
In the last few decades what it means to be rich has changed dramatically. Forget the 1%; it's the wealthiest .01% who are fast outpacing the rest of us. Today's colossal fortunes are amassed by the diligent toiling of smart, perceptive businessmen who see themselves as deserving victors in a... More Info

End This Depression Now!

W W Norton & Company Incorporated | April 30, 2012 | 272 pages
A call-to-arms from Nobel Prize winning economist and best-selling author Paul Krugman.  More Info

How Much Is Enough?

W. W. Norton & Company | June 18, 1992 | 200 pages
It discusses the use of resources, pollution, and the distortions created in the economies of both wealthy industrialized nations and Third World countries.  More Info

The Price of Inequality

W W Norton & Company Incorporated | June 11, 2012 | 352 pages
A forceful argument against America's vicious circle of growing inequality by the Nobel Prize–winning economist.  More Info


Courier Dover Publications | June 18, 2019 | 271 pages
12 essays by the influential radical include "Marriage and Love," "The Hypocrisy of Puritanism," "The Traffic in Women," Anarchism," and "The Psychology of Political Violence."  More Info

Letters to a Young Activist

Basic Books (AZ) | July 31, 2012 | 192 pages
A social activist considers the spirit of activism, the guiding principles that govern today's activists, the changing nature of idealism, and the positive potential of the future.  More Info

The Haves and the Have-Nots

Basic Books (AZ) | August 7, 2012 | 258 pages
A leading economist at the World Bank's research division traces the history of financial inequality as reflected in famous stories, analyzing such examples as the monetary disparities between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy and the assets of wealthy ancient Romans compared to today's super-rich.  More Info

Vultures' Picnic

Plume | September 19, 2012 | 404 pages
The best-selling author of Armed Madhouse shares a dramatic exposé of the relationship between the oil and banking industries while arguing that such environmental disasters as the Gulf oil spill and Exxon Valdez can be directly linked to corporate corruption and failed legislation. 75,000 first... More Info

Republic, Lost

Twelve | October 2, 2012 | 416 pages
In an era when special interests funnel huge amounts of money into our government-driven by shifts in campaign-finance rules and brought to new levels by the Supreme Court in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission-trust in our government has reached an all-time low. More than ever before,... More Info

Power in Movement

February 4, 2011 | 328 pages
Surveys the modern history of the social movement in the West and its diffusion to the global South.  More Info

Revolution 2.0

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) | January 17, 2012 | 320 pages
A key figure behind the Egyptian uprising in January 2011, which resulted in the ousting of President Mubarak tells the riveting inside story of what happened and presents lessons on how to unleash the power of crowds to create political change. 200,000 first printing.  More Info

The Great Crash 1929

Mariner Books | September 10, 2009 | 224 pages
Presents a study of the stock market crash of 1929 that reveals the influential role of Wall Street on the economic growth of America.  More Info

Better Living Through Economics

Harvard Univ Pr | March 5, 2012 | 324 pages
Better Living Through Economics consists of twelve case studies that demonstrate how economic research has improved economic and social conditions over the past half century by influencing public policy decisions. Economists were obviously instrumental in revising the consumer price index and in... More Info

Cuban Economic and Social Development

Harvard Univ David Rockefeller | March 26, 2012 | 338 pages
The Cuban economy has been transformed over the course of the last decade, and these changes are now likely to accelerate. In this edited volume, prominent Cuban economists and sociologists present a clear analysis of Cuba's economic and social circumstances and suggest steps for Cuba to reactivate... More Info

Reveille for radicals

Vintage | October 23, 1989 | 235 pages
Saul Alinsky explains his current views on political activism in a new introduction to his classic study of radical thought and methodology  More Info

Rules for Radicals

Vintage | October 23, 1989 | 224 pages
Guides young revolutionaries in the art of human communication and explains the tactics of organizing others to work within the system for social change  More Info

Making the European Monetary Union

Harvard University Press | November 19, 2012 | 585 pages
Europe’s financial crisis cannot be blamed on the Euro, James contends in this probing exploration of the whys, whens, whos, and what-ifs of European monetary union. The current crisis goes deeper, to conundrums that were debated but not resolved at the time of the Euro’s invention. And, Euro... More Info

The Impossible Indian

Harvard University Press | September 28, 2012 | 190 pages
This is a rare view of Gandhi as a hard-hitting political thinker willing to countenance the greatest violence in pursuit of a global vision that went beyond a nationalist agenda. Guided by his idea of ethical duty as the source of the self’s sovereignty, he understood how life’s quotidian... More Info

Wheel of Fortune

Harvard University Press | November 6, 2012 | 672 pages
The world’s largest exporter of oil is facing mounting problems that could send shock waves through every major economy. Gustafson provides an authoritative account of the Russian oil industry from the last years of communism to its uncertain future. The stakes extend beyond global energy... More Info

Strength in Numbers

Harvard University Press | October 31, 2012 | 216 pages
Consumers feel powerless in the face of big industry, and the dominant view of economic regulators agrees with them. Trumbull argues that this represents a misreading of the historical record and the core logic of interest representation. Weak interests, he reveals, quite often emerge the victors... More Info

The Creation and Destruction of Value

Harvard University Press | October 22, 2012 | 336 pages
Harold James examines the vulnerability and fragility of processes of globalization, both historically and in the present. This book applies lessons from past breakdowns of globalization - above all in the Great Depression - to show how financial crises provoke backlashes against global... More Info

Sacco and Vanzetti

Princeton Univ Pr | February 16, 1996 | 278 pages
The Sacco-Vanzetti affair is the most famous and controversial case in American legal history. It divided the nation in the 1920s, and it has continued to arouse deep emotions, giving rise to an enormous literature. Few writers, however, have consulted anarchist sources for the wealth of... More Info

The Land of Too Much

Harvard University Press | January 7, 2013 | 343 pages
Monica Prasad’s powerful demand-side hypothesis addresses three questions: Why does the United States have more poverty than any other developed country? Why did it experience an attack on state intervention in the 1980s, known today as the neoliberal revolution? And why did it recently suffer... More Info

The Economics of Enough

September 16, 2012 | 346 pages
The world's leading economies are facing not just one but many crises. The financial meltdown may not be over, climate change threatens major global disruption, economic inequality has reached extremes not seen for a century, and government and business are widely distrusted. At the same time, many... More Info

Zombie Economics

Princeton Univ Pr | April 21, 2012 | 248 pages
In the graveyard of economic ideology, dead ideas still stalk the land. The recent financial crisis laid bare many of the assumptions behind market liberalism--the theory that market-based solutions are always best, regardless of the problem. For decades, their advocates dominated mainstream... More Info


October 5, 2009 | 173 pages
Christmas is a time of seasonal cheer, family get-togethers, holiday parties, and-gift giving. Lots and lots--and lots--of gift giving. It's hard to imagine any Christmas without this time-honored custom. But let's stop to consider the gifts we receive--the rooster sweater from Grandma or the... More Info

Marx and the Alternative to Capitalism

Pluto Pr | June 15, 2011 | 224 pages
If we are serious about finding a different way to run the post-credit crunch society, we must start by introducing alternatives to undergraduates. Kieran Allen begins the task with an accessible and comprehensive look at the ideas of Karl Marx. Dispensing with the dryness of traditional... More Info

No way to run an economy

Pluto Pr | September 1, 2009 | 222 pages
In The Credit Crunch, Graham Turner predicted that banks would be nationalised and interest rates would be reduced too slowly to halt the crisis. His predictions were correct. His new book, No Way to Run an Economy, is the essential guide to the turbulent times ahead. Turner recommended radical... More Info

Inequality and the global economic crisis

Pluto Pr | September 1, 2009 | 294 pages
Inequality has always been with us. With the growth of capitalism across the globe, inequalities of income, wealth and power became increasingly extreme. Written by economist Douglas Dowd, this book shows that the present banking crisis is the result of the growth of inequality across the globe.... More Info


Pluto Press | December 11, 2012 | 208 pages
Idiotism examines the condition of society in late capitalism where the market logic of neoliberalism has become the new "common sense," taken as the model for the organization and management of all aspects of social life.  More Info

Capitalism and the dialectic

Pluto Pr | October 1, 2009 | 237 pages
From the 1960s to the 1990s the ground-breaking Japanese economists Kozo Uno and Thomas Sekine developed a masterful reconfiguration of Marxist economics. The most well-known aspect of which is the levels of analysis approach to the study of capitalism. Written in Japanese, the Uno-Sekine approach... More Info

Capitalism's New Clothes

Pluto Pr | June 15, 2011 | 224 pages
In broadsheet newspapers, television shows and Hollywood films, capitalism is increasingly recognized as a system detrimental to human existence. Colin Cremin investigates why, despite this de-robing, capitalism remains a powerful and seductive force. Using materialist, psychoanalytic and... More Info

Life Without Money

Pluto Press (UK) | November 15, 2011 | 256 pages
The money-based global economy is failing. The credit crunch undermined capitalism's ability to ensure rising incomes and prosperity while market-led attempts to combat climate change are fought tooth and nail by business as environmental crises continue. We urgently need to combat those who say... More Info

What We Are Fighting For

Pluto Press | September 15, 2012 | 224 pages
The age of austerity has brought a new generation of protesters on to the streets across the world, leading Time magazine to name "the protester" as its 2011 personality of the year. As the economic crisis meets the environmental crisis, a whole generation fears what the future will bring but also... More Info