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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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 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
A leading figure in the emerging field of extinction studies, Thom van Dooren puts philosophy into conversation with the natural sciences and his own ethnographic encounters to vivify the cultural and ethical significance of modern-day extinctions. Unlike other meditations on the subject, Flight... More Info
Peacebuilding is an interactive process that involves collaboration between peacebuilders and the victorious elites of a postwar society. While one of the most prominent assumptions of the peacebuilding literature asserts that the interests of domestic elites and peacebuilders coincide, this book... More Info
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
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.
In Vicarious Kinks, Ummni Khan looks at the mass of claims that film, feminism, the human sciences, and law make about sadomasochism and its practitioners, and the way those claims become the basis for the legal regulation of sadomasochist pornography and practice.
Two of the country's leading economists discuss how the underdevelopment of social services, archaic attitudes towards women and problems with physical services are a stark contrast to the fast-moving economic successes of India over the past 65 years. (This book was previously featured in... More Info
One in three American children will be arrested by the time they are 23, and many will spend time locked inside horrific detention centres that defy everything we know about how to rehabilitate young offenders. In a clear-eyed indictment of the juvenile justice system run amok, Nell Bernstein shows... More Info
A unique portrait of a Russia awash in change, told through the lens of a long-standing friendship between two young men who grew up on opposing sides of the Cold War In the summer of 2008, Jeff Parker went to Russia intending to write a book about the countryâe(tm)s resurgence as a major global... More Info
Moscow, 1937: the soviet metropolis at the zenith of Stalin’s dictatorship. A society utterly wrecked by a hurricane of violence. In this compelling book, the renowned historian Karl Schlögel reconstructs with meticulous care the process through which, month by month, the terrorism of a... More Info
Ever since the Warren Commission concluded that a lone gunman assassinated President John F. Kennedy, people who doubt that finding have been widely dismissed as conspiracy theorists, despite credible evidence that right-wing elements in the CIA, FBI, and Secret Service—and possibly even senior... More Info
The author argues that "it is a mistake to see the misfortunes of the euro as the sole source of Europe's malaise. The Union faces problems shared by most or all of the developed states of the world. Reform in Europe must go far beyond stabilizing the euro--this is the time for a far-reaching... More Info
For decades, liberal democracy has been extolled as the best system of governance to have emerged out of the long experience of history. Today, such a confident assertion is far from self-evident. Democracy, in crisis across the West, must prove itself. In the West today, the authors argue, we no... More Info
Analyzes data from 170 countries to conclude that oil-producing countries in the developing world are worse off economically and socially than countries without oil, explores the causes of the problem, and suggests some solutions.
A National Law Journal correspondent and forefront expert on the Supreme Court traces the first seven years of the Roberts Court to report on its direction and the resolutions of five landmark cases on race, guns, immigration, campaign finance and health care.
Explores the media's portrayal of state violence and its influence on how the western world engages in warfare, contending that misleading depictions of oppressed or troubled foreign nations has prompted the rationalization of the deaths of large population groups. Reprint.
Numbers dominate global politics and as a result our everyday lives. Credit ratings steer financial markets and can make or break the future of entire nations. GDP drives our economies. Stock market indices flood our media and national debates. Statistical calculations define how we deal with... More Info
Human rights are paradoxical. Advocates across the world invoke the idea that such rights belong to all people, no matter who or where they are. But since humans can only realize their rights in particular places, human rights are both always and never universal. The Human Rights Paradox is the... More Info