Category: Political Economy


Chinese Rules

Harper | November 4, 2014 | 272 pages
From the author of the international bestseller Mr. China comes another rollicking ride through the slick mega-cities and industrial backwaters of twenty-first-century China—part adventure story, part erudite myth-buster, and part practical rule book to help Westerners win in China. China's role... More Info

The Valleys of the Assassins and Other Persian Travels

Random House Digital, Inc. | November 1, 2014 | 292 pages
Since 1917 The Modern Library prides itself as "The modern Library of the world's Best Books". Its paperback series feature treasured classics, major translations of great works, and rediscoveries of keen literary and historical merit. Featuring introduct  More Info

Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness

August 28, 2014 | 360 pages
The incomparable Rebecca Solnit, author of more than a dozen acclaimed books of nonfiction, brings the same dazzling writing to the twenty-nine essays in The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness. As the title suggests, the territory of Solnit’s concerns is vast, and in her signature... More Info

The Returns of Zionism

Verso Books | November 1, 2014 | 298 pages
Leading Israeli scholar with a major re-evaluation of Zionism.  More Info

The Seasons of Trouble

Verso | September 23, 2014 | 256 pages
Is it possible to find an ordinary life among the debris of war? Rohini Mohan's searing account of three lives caught up in the devastation shows how the war continues long after peace has been declared. While Sarva, a city-bred young man, is dragged off the streets by the police and accused of... More Info

The Hundred Years War

October 31, 2014 | 360 pages
What life was like for ordinary French and English people, embroiled in a devastating century-long conflict that changed their world  More Info


March 1, 2014 | 136 pages
The Great Recession, triggered by the collapse of financial markets in 2008, struck with such ferocity that millions of people began to question the rationality of our capitalist economic system. And as scholars, journalists, and activists tried to comprehend what was happening, they were forced to... More Info

Three Essays on Marx's Value Theory

November 1, 2014 | 96 pages
In this slim, insightful volume, noted economist Samir Amin returns to the core of Marxian economic thought: Marx’s theory of value. He begins with the same question that Marx, along with the classical economists, once pondered: how can every commodity, including labor power, sell at its value on... More Info

Socialist Human Development

September 1, 2014 | 128 pages
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E. P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left

May 1, 2014 | 333 pages
E. P. Thompson is a towering figure in the field of labor history, best known for his monumental and path-breaking work, The Making of the English Working Class. But as this collection shows, Thompson was much more than a historian: he was a dedicated educator of workers, a brilliant polemicist, a... More Info

Doctors Without Borders

JHU Press | April 16, 2014 | 328 pages
This study of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) casts new light on the organization’s founding principles, distinctive culture, and inner struggles to realize more fully its "without borders" transnational vision. Pioneering medical sociologist Renée C. Fox spent nearly... More Info

Deaf Gain

October 5, 2014 | 568 pages
Deaf people are usually regarded by the hearing world as having a lack, as missing a sense. Yet a definition of deaf people based on hearing loss obscures a wealth of ways in which societies have benefited from the significant contributions of deaf people. In this bold intervention into ongoing... More Info

Eichmann Before Jerusalem

Knopf | November 1, 2014 | 608 pages
"A total re-assessment of the life of Adolf Eichmann that reveals his activities and notoriety amongst a global network of National Socialists following the collapse of the Third Reich, and permanently undermines Hannah Arendt's often-cited notion of the "banality of evil.""--  More Info

The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History

Harvard University Press | October 13, 2014 | 336 pages
For 250 years the Turkic Muslims of Tibet, who call themselves Uyghurs today, have cultivated a sense of history and identity that challenges Beijing’s national narrative. The roots of this history run deeper than recent conflicts, Rian Thum says, to a time when manuscripts and pilgrimage along... More Info

Makers of Modern Asia

Harvard University Press | August 29, 2014 | 393 pages
The twenty-first century has been dubbed the Asian Century. Highlighting diverse thinker-politicians rather than billionaire businessmen, Makers of Modern Asia presents eleven leaders who theorized and organized anticolonial movements, strategized and directed military campaigns, and designed and... More Info

If Mayors Ruled the World

August 31, 2014 | 472 pages
In the face of the most perilous challenges of our time - climate change, terrorism, poverty, and trafficking of drugs, guns and people - the nations of the world seem paralyzed. The problems are too big, too interdependent, too divisive for the nation-state. Is the nation-state, once democracy's... More Info

No Future for You

MIT Press | August 29, 2014 | 392 pages
There's never been a better time to be outside the consensus -- and if you don't believe it, then peer into these genre-defining essays from The Baffler, the magazine that's been blunting the cutting edge of American culture and politics for a quarter of a century. Here's Thomas Frank on the... More Info

Decade of Fear

Douglas & McIntyre Limited | November 1, 2014 | 271 pages
Recounts the decade since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks through the author's interviews with presidents, warlords, spies, global terrorists, and widows.  More Info


Simon & Schuster | September 30, 2014 | 560 pages
The world’s foremost expert on Middle Eastern relations explains Iran’s current nuclear potential and what America can do about it: “Engrossing…If Congress gets a vote on going to war with Iran, let’s hope that this book is on everyone’s reading lists” (The Economist). In 2005,... More Info

Justice and the Politics of Difference

Princeton University Press | September 21, 2011 | 286 pages
In this classic work of feminist political thought, Iris Marion Young challenges the prevailing reduction of social justice to distributive justice. It critically analyzes basic concepts underlying most theories of justice, including impartiality, formal equality, and the unitary moral... More Info

A People's History of the French Revolution

Verso | September 16, 2014 | 368 pages
The legacy of the French Revolution has remained a fascinating and contentious subject for over two centuries. Instead of seeing the revolution as an aberrant bloodbath on the path to a liberal society, this book maintains that is fundamentally changed the Western world. Looking at history from the... More Info

World Press Photo 14

May 5, 2014 | 160 pages
Publishing the results of the most recent annual World Press Photo Contest, this exceptional book contains the very best press photographs from the year 2013 pictures submitted by photojournalists, picture agencies, newspapers and magazines throughout the world. Selected from thousands of images,... More Info

Nuclear Desire

September 15, 2014 | 296 pages
Since its enactment in 1970, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has become one node of a massive, sprawling, multibillion-dollar regime that is considered essential to slowing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. However, according to Shampa Biswas, these... More Info

From the Ruins of Empire

Anchor Canada | September 9, 2014 | 368 pages
"What gives From the Ruins of Empire its charm and richness of texture is that its main focus is not on major players such as Gandhi and Mao, but on two little-known and seemingly ineffectual intellectuals whose writings would inspire later generations. . . . It gives a voice to characters often... More Info

The Beautiful and the Damned

Anchor Canada | September 2, 2014 | 272 pages
"Deb's work has been compared to Naipaul's, but his voice is unique, more honest, a gaze refreshingly different. . . . As subtle and sensitive as it is shocking and significant, you will not read a better book on the 'human' face of globalization this year." The Globe and Mail In 2004, after six... More Info

The Right Nation

Penguin (Non-Classics) | June 1, 2005 | 464 pages
Professor:  Prof. Paul Saurette
Course Codes:  POL 4310
Semester:  Fall-2014
Evaluates the conservative movement that has swept across America in recent years, contending that conservatives have waged deliberate and effective campaigns against liberal advances, in an analysis that offers insight into right-wing politics and its organizers, representatives, and supporters.... More Info

The War Machines: Young Men and Violence in Sierra Leone and Liberia

Duke Univ Pr | August 30, 2011 | 328 pages
Professor:  Prof. Blair Rutherford
Course Codes:  ANTH 2620
Semester:  Fall-2014
Ethnography traces how mobilization of young men as civil militia defending rural communities in Sierra Leone became a floating population of regional warriors, part of a political economy of wartime violence.  More Info

Liberty Before Liberalism

March 26, 2012 | 156 pages
Professor:  Prof. Paul Saurette
Course Codes:  POL 6120/9220
Semester:  Fall-2014
A powerful defence of the nature, purposes and goals of intellectual history.  More Info

Commissar Vanishes

John Donald | February 1, 2014 | 232 pages
King looks at how Stalin manipulated the science of photography to further his own political career and to erase the memory of his victims. In each case, the juxtaposition of original and doctored images reveals how easily history can be distorted.  More Info


Oxford University Press | March 29, 2014 | 336 pages
With an official population approaching fifteen million, Karachi is one of the largest cities in the world. It is also the most violent. Since the mid-1980s, it has endured endemic political conflict and criminal violence, which revolve around control of the city and its resources (votes, land and... More Info

Chicago Hustle and Flow

September 1, 2014 | 264 pages
On September 4, 2012, Joseph Coleman, an eighteen-year-old aspiring gangsta rapper, was gunned down in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Police immediately began investigating the connections between Coleman's murder and an online war of words and music he was having with another Chicago... More Info

The Divine Left

Semiotext | August 1, 2014 | 152 pages
First published in French in 1985, The Divine Left is JeanBaudrillard's chronicle of French political life from 1977 to 1984. It offers the closest thing topolitical analysis to be found from a thinker who has too often been regarded as apolitical.Gathering texts that originally appeared as... More Info

Command and Control

Penguin Group USA | August 26, 2014 | 656 pages
The author of Fast Food Nation presents a minute-by-minute account of an H-bomb accident that nearly caused a nuclear disaster, examining other near misses and what the author perceives as America's growing susceptibility to a catastrophic event. Reprint. A best-selling NYT Notable Book of 2013.... More Info

Transnational Torture

June 1, 2014 | 301 pages
"Transnational Torture by Jinee Lokaneeta reviewed with Prachi Patankar" on the blog Kafila. Evidence of torture at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and harsh interrogation techniques at Guantánamo Bay beg the question: has the “war on terror” forced liberal democracies to rethink their policies and... More Info

The End of War

McSweeneys Books | August 12, 2014 | 224 pages
War is a fact of human nature. As long as we exist, it exists. That's how the argument goes. But longtime Scientific American writer John Horgan disagrees. Applying the scientific method to war leads Horgan to a radical conclusion: biologically speaking, we are just as likely to be peaceful as... More Info

The Tender Soldier

Simon & Schuster | August 12, 2014 | 368 pages
A “sharp-eyed look at the complexities of war” (Parade), that explores the inner workings of the Human Terrain System, a Pentagon program that sends civilian social scientists into war zones to help soldiers understand local culture. On the day Barack Obama was elected president in November... More Info

Cities Under Siege

Verso Books | November 1, 2011 | 402 pages
A powerful exposé of how political violence operates through the spaces of urban life. Cities are the new battleground of our increasingly urban world. From the slums of the global South to the wealthy financial centers of the West, Cities Under Siege traces the spread of political violence... More Info

Mass Incarceration on Trial

November 15, 2013 | 208 pages
For nearly forty years, the United States has been gripped by policies that have placed more than 2.5 million Americans in jails and prisons designed to hold a fraction of that number of inmates. Our prisons are not only vast and overcrowded, they are degrading?relying on racist gangs, lockdowns,... More Info

The Invisible Bridge

August 5, 2014 | 800 pages
From the bestselling author of Nixonland: a dazzling portrait of America on the verge of a nervous breakdown in the tumultuous political and economic times of the 1970s. In January of 1973 Richard Nixon announced the end of the Vietnam War and prepared for a triumphant second term—until televised... More Info

Educating for Action

New Society Publishers | September 9, 2014 | 240 pages
An inspiring instructional handbook for transforming idealism into social change  More Info

Beyond Chutzpah

Univ of California Press | June 2, 2008 | 488 pages
The only book to probe beneath the media hype of the new anti-Semitism and the first to launch a meticulously researched expose of Alan Dershowitz's influential bestseller, The Case for Israel. Beyond Chutzpah corrects the historical record, revealing recent scholarly consensus on the hottest... More Info

The Holocaust Industry

Verso | November 1, 2014 | 286 pages
In a devastating new postscript to this bestselling book, Finkelstein documents the Holocaust industry's scandalous cover-up of the blackmail of Swiss banks, and in a new appendix demolishes an influential apologia for the Holocaust industry.  More Info

The Clash of Fundamentalisms

Verso | November 1, 2014 | 428 pages
Depicts the author's viewpoint about the warring Muslim and Christian "fundamentalist" nations post-September 11, drawing conclusions on American ideologies and promoting a new enlightenment for the 21st century.  More Info

Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamaphobia

July 3, 2014 | 336 pages
In late July 2011, Norway was struck by the worst terror attack in its history. I what can only be called a killing spree, Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 people, bombing government building and an hour long shooting spree in a the island of Utøya. His actions were meant to mark the onset of an... More Info


November 1, 2014 | 367 pages
New Edition In the ten years since the initial publication of Insurgencies, Antonio Negri's reputation as one of the world's foremost political philosophers has grown dramatically. An invigorating appraisal of revolutionary thought, Insurgencies is both the precursor to and the historical basis for... More Info

Mobilizing Democracy

November 1, 2014 |
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The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper

JHU Press | December 3, 2013 | 280 pages
The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper reevaluates how United Nations peacekeeping missions reform (or fail to reform) their participating members. It investigates how such missions affect military organizations and civil-military relations as countries transition to a more democratic system.... More Info

The Headscarf Debates

November 1, 2014 | 264 pages
Explores how the headscarf has become a political symbol used to reaffirm or transform national stories of belonging. Anna Korteweg and Gökçe Yurdakul juxtapose current cultural and political debates and interviews with social activists in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Turkey to chart how... More Info

Democracy Incorporated

Princeton University Press | February 1, 2010 | 384 pages
In a critical analysis of modern-day America, the author of Politics and Vision portrays a country where citizens are politically uninterested and submissive and where elites are eager to keep them that way, in a worrying diagnosis of America's political ills.  More Info

Into New Territory

November 1, 2014 | 264 pages
The idea that the United States—a nation founded after a war of independence—operates as an imperialist power on the world stage has gained considerable traction since the turn of the twenty-first century. But just a few decades earlier, this position was considered radical and even... More Info