Category: Political Economy


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 | September 20, 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 | September 20, 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


September 20, 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

September 20, 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

Into New Territory

September 20, 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

Flight Ways

September 20, 2014 | 224 pages
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

Costly Democracy

Stanford University Press | January 9, 2013 | 208 pages
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

The Headscarf Debates

September 20, 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

Indonesia, Etc

W W Norton & Company Incorporated | June 23, 2014 | 304 pages
An entertaining and thought-provoking portrait of Indonesia: a rich, dynamic, and often maddening nation awash with contradictions.  More Info

Vicarious Kinks

University of Toronto Press | June 30, 2014 | 376 pages
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.  More Info

An Uncertain Glory

September 20, 2014 | 433 pages
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

Burning Down the House

September 20, 2014 | 384 pages
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

Counterfeit Crime

McGill Queens Univ | April 1, 2014 | 312 pages
A scathing critique of government policies on transnational crime and terror.  More Info

Where Bears Roam the Streets

HarperCollins Canada | June 1, 2014 | 272 pages
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

Eduardo Galeano

Black Rose Books Ltd | September 20, 2014 | 433 pages
Eduardo Galeano--the single most important literary voice to come out of Latin America in the last decades.  More Info

Globalization and Work

Polity | February 3, 2014 | 300 pages
This engaging book offers a lively and rigorous synthesis of the varied interconnections between work and globalization.  More Info

Moscow, 1937

Polity | February 3, 2014 | 650 pages
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

Conspiracy Theory in America

February 15, 2014 | 272 pages
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

Turbulent and Mighty Continent

Polity | November 25, 2013 | 224 pages
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

Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century - a Middle Way Between West and East

February 7, 2014 |
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

The Oil Curse

September 1, 2013 | 289 pages
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.  More Info

The Roberts Court

May 20, 2014 | 432 pages
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.  More Info

Left Legalism/Left Critique

Duke University Press | November 22, 2002 | 447 pages
DIVA reader aimed at revitalizing left legal and political critique./div  More Info

Frames of War

Verso Books | September 20, 2014 | 193 pages
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.  More Info

How Numbers Rule the World

February 4, 2014 | 272 pages
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

The Human Rights Paradox

September 20, 2014 | 272 pages
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