Category: Political economy

A Civilian Occupation

Verso | May 31, 2016 | 191 pages
Bringing together essays and photographs by leading Israeli practitioners, and complemented by maps, plans and statistical data, A Civilian Occupation explores the processes and repercussions of Israeli planning and its underlying ideology. It demonstrates how, over the last century, planning and... More Info

Making Things International 2

March 15, 2016 | 400 pages
Drawing widely from contemporary social and critical thought, Making Things International 2 offers provocative interventions into debates about causality, connection, and politics through the notion of assemblage. Political assemblages, especially those that cross national borders, can be catalyzed... More Info

Gun, Baby, Gun

Signal Books | March 22, 2016 | 368 pages
A "riveting," "relentlessly engrossing," and "brilliantly researched" investigation of the life of the gun -- its manufacture, its sale, and its impact -- and of our world's hugely complex relationship with firearms. In some places of the world, getting a gun is easier than getting a glass of... More Info

The Pen and the Sword

April 1, 2010 | 180 pages
Collects the transcripts of five wide-ranging radio interviews with internationally renowned Palestinian scholar and critic Edward Said (1935-2003), which cover such topics as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Said's written works, music and much more. Original.  More Info

The Devil's Chessboard

Harper | October 13, 2015 | 704 pages
An explosive, headline-making portrait of Allen Dulles, the man who transformed the CIA into the most powerful—and secretive—colossus in Washington, from the founder of and author of the New York Times bestseller Brothers. America’s greatest untold story: the United States’ rise... More Info

The China Boom

October 20, 2015 | 256 pages
Many thought China's rise would fundamentally remake the global order. Yet, much like other developing nations, the Chinese state now finds itself entrenched in a status quo characterized by free trade and American domination. Through a cutting-edge historical, sociological, and political analysis,... More Info

Terror, Religion, and Liberal Thought

October 10, 2015 | 240 pages
Religious violence may trigger feelings of repulsion and indignation, especially in a society that encourages toleration and respect, but rejection contradicts the principles of inclusion that define a democracy and its core moral values. How can we think ethically about religious violence and... More Info

China's Hidden Children

University of Chicago Press | March 28, 2016 | 224 pages
During the 1990s and early 2000s, China became the world s largest supplier of healthy, predominantly female, children for international adoption--a veritable diaspora of 120,000 girls. We in the west have come to believe that this situation was the result of China s One-Child Policy, combined with... More Info

Wages of Rebellion

Vintage Canada | March 1, 2016 |
#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER For bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges, we are once again riding the crest of a revolutionary epic, much like 1848 or 1917, from the Arab Spring to movements against austerity in Greece to the Occupy movement. From the vantage point of a world on the edge, "... More Info

Eclipse of the Assassins

University of Wisconsin Pres | November 30, 2015 | 548 pages
"Eclipse of the Assassins" investigates the sensational 1984 murder of Mexico s most influential newspaper columnist, Manuel Buendia, and how that crime reveals the lethal hand of the U.S. government in Mexico and Central America during the final decades of the twentieth century."  More Info

The New Political Sociology of Science

University of Wisconsin Press | August 4, 2015 | 499 pages
In the twenty-first century, the production and use of scientific knowledge is more regulated, commercialized, and participatory than at any other time. The stakes in understanding those changes are high for scientist and nonscientist alike: they challenge traditional ideas of intellectual work and... More Info

Creating a Learning Society

October 6, 2015 | 400 pages
Creating a Learning Society explains how the countries of the world went from centuries of stagnation to the enormous increases in standards of living that have marked the last two hundred and fifty years: they have learned how to learn. Yet, as Stiglitz and Greenwald make clear, markets won't... More Info

Marx After Marx

October 13, 2015 | 304 pages
In "Marx After Marx," Harry Harootunian questions the claims of Western Marxism and its presumption of the final completion of capitalism. If this shift in Marxism reflected the recognition that the expected revolutions were not forthcoming in the years before World War II, its Cold War afterlife... More Info


October 6, 2015 | 184 pages
In this book, one of the world’s most renowned historians provides a concise and comprehensive history of capitalism in global perspective from its medieval origins to the 2008 financial crisis and beyond. From early commercial capitalism in the Arab world, China, and Europe, to nineteenth- and... More Info

Political Turbulence

November 24, 2015 | 304 pages
As people spend increasing proportions of their daily lives using social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, they are being invited to support myriad political causes by sharing, liking, endorsing, or downloading. Chain reactions caused by these tiny acts of participation form a growing part of... More Info

Engineers of Jihad

February 22, 2016 | 200 pages
The violent actions of a few extremists can alter the course of history, yet there persists a yawning gap between the potential impact of these individuals and what we understand about them.  More Info

Thieves of State

W. W. Norton | March 7, 2016 | 272 pages
I can t imagine a more important book for our time. Sebastian Junger"  More Info

State Failure in the Modern World

Stanford University Press | December 16, 2015 | 168 pages
State failure is seen as one of the significant threats to regional and international stability in the current international system. State Failure in the Modern World presents a comprehensive, systematic, and empirically rigorous analysis of the full range of the state failure process in the... More Info

Outsourcing War

Cornell University Press | December 18, 2015 | 200 pages
In Outsourcing War, Amy E. Eckert examines the ethical implications involved in the widespread use of PMCs, and in particular questions whether they can fit within customary ways of understanding the ethical prosecution of warfare.  More Info

Southern Insurgency

Pluto Press (UK) | October 13, 2015 | 224 pages
The site of industrial struggle is shifting. The West needs to look further if it wants to understand how workers' self-organisation is developing in countries it too often ignores. Across the Global South, peasant communities are forced off the land to live and work in harsh and impoverished... More Info

State Phobia and Civil Society

Stanford University Press | January 6, 2016 | 208 pages
The book evaluates Michel Foucault's thought on the state and how it has shaped the widespread and dogmatic anti-statist thinking in the humanities, social sciences, public policy and governance.  More Info

Settlers in Contested Lands

Stanford University Press | October 14, 2015 | 264 pages
Settlers feature in many protracted territorial disputes and ethnic conflicts around the world. Explaining the dynamics of the politics of settlers in contested territories in several contemporary cases, this book illuminates how settler-related conflicts emerge, evolve, and are significantly more... More Info

The South African Gandhi

Stanford University Press | October 7, 2015 | 343 pages
In the pantheon of freedom fighters, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi has pride of place. His fame and influence extend far beyond India and are nowhere more significant than in South Africa. "India gave us a Mohandas, we gave them a Mahatma," goes a popular South African refrain. Contemporary South... More Info

Immigrant Protest

Suny Press | July 2, 2015 | 320 pages
Explores how political activism, art, and popular culture challenge the discrimination and injustice faced by "illegal" and displaced peoples.  More Info

Rogue Elephant

Bloomsbury Paperbacks | January 5, 2016 | 480 pages
Five years ago, India was an emerging world power being courted by the world's most powerful political and business leaders--an upbeat story of unparalleled economic growth. Since then, it has failed to account for the human capital at the heart of its effort to modernize: more than one billion... More Info

Once Upon A Revolution

Simon and Schuster | January 19, 2016 | 288 pages
"The inside story of the 2011 Egyptian revolution by following two courageous and pivotal leaders--and their imperfect decisions that changed the world... Thanassis Cambanis tells the story of the noble dreamers who brought Egypt to the brink of freedom, and the dark powerful forces that--for the... More Info

Weapons of Mass Migration

February 2, 2016 |
Greenhill offers the first systematic examination of forced migration as an important but largely unrecognized instrument of state influence. She shows both how often this unorthodox brand of coercion has been attempted and how successful it has been.  More Info

The New Threat

The New Press | October 27, 2015 | 192 pages
Jason Burke is one of the world’s leading experts on militant Islam. He embedded with the Kurdish peshmerga (currently at war with ISIS) while still in college. He was hanging out with the Taliban in the late 1990s. He witnessed the bombing of Tora Bora in Afghanistan in 2001 firsthand.  More Info

When We Fight, We Win

The New Press | January 5, 2016 | 208 pages
"Same-sex marriage, #BlackLivesMatter, the Dream Act, the People's Climate March, End the New Jim Crow, Occupy Wall Street-these are just a few of the initiatives that have taken flight in the past decade, the most fertile and productive era of activism and reform this country has seen since the... More Info

Understanding Mass Incarceration

September 1, 2015 | 272 pages
We all know that orange is the new black and mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow, but how much do we actually know about the structure, goals, and impact of our criminal justice system?Understanding Mass Incarceration offers the first comprehensive overview of the incarceration apparatus put in... More Info

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle

Haymarket Books | January 21, 2016 | 180 pages
In these essays, interviews and speeches, Angela Y. Davis illuminates connections between struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world. Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality and prison abolitionism for today's struggles, Davis... More Info

Fortress Europe

New Press Society for Tech in Ed. | December 1, 2015 | 320 pages
Singled out by Foreign Affairs for its reporting on "the brutal frontiers of new Europe,” Fortress Europe is the story of how the world’s most affluent region--and history’s greatest experiment with globalization--has become an immigration war zone, where tens of thousands have died in a... More Info

My Journey Into the Heart of Terror

Greystone Books | May 10, 2016 | 288 pages
An alarming and enlightening first-hand account of what’s really going on behind the borders of the Islamic State. ISIS, IS, the Islamic State. The name is chilling. The images are horrific. This is a group that chops the heads off journalists--and yet one, the German Jürgen Todenhöfer, went... More Info

Politics in a Time of Crisis

Verso Books | October 27, 2015 | 256 pages
A manifesto for a new, democratic left: a political programme poised to transform Europe Since 2011, Pablo Iglesias has led Podemos, a new radical left party in Spain that is reframing the nature of modern politics. Under his guidance, the party has unmasked the ideological motives behind European... More Info

North Korea

Zed Books | August 13, 2015 | 480 pages
Secretive, mysterious, and almost certainly dangerous, North Korea is an object of endless fascination--and worry--for the rest of the world. The world's most inaccessible nuclear power, it retains Gulag-style prison camps, completely blocks Internet access, and forbids citizens to talk to... More Info

Beasts and Gods

January 11, 2015 | 266 pages
Democracy is sold to us on its ability to deliver equal opportunity, and to give every citizen an equal voice. Yet time and again we see that this is not the case: power and spoils alike flow to the few, while the many are left with no recourse. What is wrong with democracy? Nothing, says Roslyn... More Info

The Egyptians

Allen Lane | January 21, 2016 | 256 pages
A startling, subversive novel about a teenage girl who has lost everything and will burn anything. Fourteen-year-old Lucia is a young narrator whose voice will long ring in your ears. She is angry with almost everyone, especially people who tell her what to do. She follows the one rule that makes... More Info

Goals and Means

February 9, 2016 | 320 pages
Anarchy means organization. A comprehensive study of how it was achieved in twentieth-century Spain.  More Info

The Cowshed

New York Review of Books | January 12, 2016 | 224 pages
If a Chinese citizen has read one book on the Cultural Revolution, it is likely to be Ji Xianlin's Memories of the Cowshed, a candid account of his year of imprisonment on the campus of Peking University and his later disillusionment with the cult of Mao worship. As the campus spirals into a... More Info

Life and Death of Leon Trotsky

August 11, 2015 | 296 pages
A biography of Leon Trotsky by two of his close friends and collaborators  More Info

Subversive Action

Wilfrid Laurier University Press | December 20, 2014 | 215 pages
Subversive Social Action presents cases that explore the use of extralegal action undertaken in pursuit of human rights and social justice, and locate that action with reference to the boundaries of social work. Definitions of social work often include goals of social change, social justice,... More Info

Formations of the Secular

Stanford University Press | February 3, 2003 | 269 pages
Opening with the provocative query “what might an anthropology of the secular look like?” this book explores the concepts, practices, and political formations of secularism, with emphasis on the major historical shifts that have shaped secular sensibilities and attitudes in the modern West and... More Info

A People's History of the United States

Harper Perennial Modern Classics | November 17, 2015 | 768 pages
With a new introduction by Anthony Arnove, this updated edition of the classic national bestseller reviews the book’s thirty-five year history and demonstrates once again why it is a significant contribution to a complete and balanced understanding of American history. Since its original landmark... More Info

Should the West Engage Putin's Russia?

November 7, 2015 | 128 pages
How should the West deal with Putin's Russia? For the U.S. and some European powers the answer is obvious: isolate Russia with punishing economic sanctions, remove it from global institutions such as the G8, and arm the nations directly threatened by Putin. In short, return to the Cold War doctrine... More Info

The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness

November 10, 2015 | 344 pages
The incomparable Rebecca Solnit, author of more than a dozen acclaimed, prizewinning books of nonfiction including Men Explain Things To Me, brings the same dazzling writing to the essays in The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness; hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "globally wide-ranging and... More Info

Parties, Candidates, and Constituency Campaigns in Canadian Elections

UBC Press | May 31, 1999 | 245 pages
This important contribution to the study of Canadian electionsforcefully argues that knowledge of the dynamics at the local level isessential to a full understanding of Canadian polity, its underlyingsocial basis, and the factors that determine successful electioncampaigns. As such, Parties,... More Info

Future War

John Wiley & Sons | November 23, 2015 | 244 pages
Will tomorrow's wars be dominated by autonomous drones, land robots and warriors wired into a cybernetic network which can read their thoughts? Will war be fought with greater or lesser humanity? Will it be played out in cyberspace and further afield in Low Earth Orbit? Or will it be fought more... More Info

No Small Change

University of Queensland Press | May 1, 2015 | 320 pages
In 1967, Australians voted overwhelmingly in favor of removing from the Constitution two references that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Though these seemed like small amendments, they were an impetus for real change: from terra nullius to land rights, and from... More Info

Inconvenient Genocide

Biteback Publishing | August 11, 2015 | 304 pages
The most controversial issue still arising from the First World War - was there an Armenian Genocide? - will come to a head on 24th April 2015, the day when Armenians around the world will commemorate it and Turkey will deny it ever happened. This question has an international impact; 20... More Info

Prison Notebooks

Columbia University Press | January 1, 2011 | 608 pages
Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) is widely celebrated as the most original political thinker in Western Marxism and an all-around outstanding intellectual figure. Arrested and imprisoned by the Italian Fascist regime in 1926, Gramsci died before fully regaining his freedom. Nevertheless, in his prison... More Info