Category: Political economy

The Leaderless Revolution

Blue Rider Press | January 19, 2012 | 244 pages
A provocative, sophisticated book about how the world's people can band together to force societal change written by one of the new leaders in the anti-Wall Street, anti-inequality movement, Carne Ross.Coming first as an ebook to capture the “Occupy Wall Street” news cycle, and as a pbook in... More Info

Security Without Nuclear Deterrence

March 23, 2019 | 272 pages
Twenty years after the end of the Cold War, civilisation is still held hostage by over 20,000 nuclear weapons in the five recognised nuclear weapon states plus India, Israel, North Korea and Pakistan. Underlying and driving this deepening global security crisis is an addiction to the doctrine of... More Info

America Beyond Capitalism

Wiley | April 24, 2006 | 336 pages
"Be prepared for a mind-opening experience." -The Christian Century "Highly readable; excellent for students. . . . A tonic and eye-opener for anyone who wants a politics that works." -Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University "America Beyond... More Info

Anthropology and Development

Cambridge University Press | October 18, 2012 | 272 pages
In recent decades international development has grown into a world-shaping industry. But how do aid agencies work and what do they achieve? How does aid appear to the adults and children who receive it? And why has there been so little improvement in the position of the poor? Viewing aid and... More Info

The Spanish Civil War

Cambridge University Press | July 31, 2012 | 264 pages
This book presents an original new history of the most important conflict in European affairs during the 1930s, prior to the events that produced World War II - the Spanish Civil War. It describes the complex origins of the conflict, the collapse of the Spanish Republic, and the outbreak of the... More Info

The Old Regime and the Haitian Revolution

Cambridge Univ Pr | February 29, 2012 | 304 pages
This is an innovative account of the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue (Haiti) from the late seventeenth century to 1804, when Haitians became the first formerly enslaved people to overthrow a colonial slaveholding power. Malick W. Ghachem has written the first detailed and broad-based... More Info

Lula of Brazil

Univ of California Pr | October 1, 2009 | 285 pages
Luiz InÁcio Lula da Silva's dramatic life story has captured the imagination of millions, and his progressive politics have brought hope and excitement to Brazil--and the world. This compelling work is the first major English-language biography of the metalworker who became president of Latin... More Info

The War of 1812

Cambridge Univ Pr | March 31, 2012 | 240 pages
"A short and easily-readable book that will explain to both Americans and Canadians why the War of 1812 mattered in the histories of their two nations. For those who seek insights into this subject during the bicentennial commemorations of the war, this book is the place to start. Its contents... More Info

Origins of Political Extremism

Cambridge Univ Pr | March 17, 2011 | 429 pages
Examines the origins of mass killing by analyzing and comparing multiple forms of political extremism.  More Info

Human Dignity

Belknap Press | January 3, 2011 | 238 pages
We often speak of the dignity owed to a person. And dignity is a word that regularly appears in political speeches. Charters are promulgated in its name, and appeals to it are made when people all over the world struggle to achieve their rights. But what exactly is dignity? When one person... More Info

The Missile Next Door

Harvard University Press | September 10, 2012 | 282 pages
In the 1960s the Air Force buried 1,000 ICBMs in pastures across the Great Plains to keep U.S. nuclear strategy out of view. As rural civilians of all political stripes found themselves living in the Soviet crosshairs, a proud Plains individualism gave way to an economic dependence on the... More Info

Under the Drones

Harvard Univ Pr | May 14, 2012 | 294 pages
In the West, media coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan is framed by military and political concerns, resulting in a simplistic picture of ageless barbarity, terrorist safe havens, and peoples in need of either punishment or salvation. Under the Drones looks beyond this limiting view to investigate... More Info

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Vintage | December 1, 1992 | 480 pages
A direct and fundamentally optimistic indictment of the short-sightedness and intellectual arrogance that has characterized much of urban planning in this century, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has, since its first publication in 1961, become the standard against which all endeavors... More Info

Peace and its discontents

Vintage | March 23, 1996 | 188 pages
Essays by the Palestinian American political analyist examine the challenges to Palestine and Israel in the Middle East peace process  More Info

The politics of dispossession

Vintage Books | March 23, 1995 | 512 pages
Looks at the history of the Palestinian quest for self-determination and discusses the current situation  More Info

Representations of the intellectual

Vintage | March 23, 1996 | 121 pages
Six lectures discuss what it means to be an intellectual and the role of intellectuals in society  More Info

Out of place

Vintage | September 12, 2000 | 336 pages
The respected scholar and cultural critic describes growning up in Palestine, Egypt, and Lebanon and the family and diverse cultural factors that shaped his life. By the author of Orientalism and Peace and Its Discontents. Winner of the New Yorker Prize for Nonfiction. Reprint. 25,000 first... More Info

Why Tolerate Religion?

Princeton University Press | October 28, 2012 | 187 pages
This provocative book addresses one of the most enduring puzzles in political philosophy and constitutional theory--why is religion singled out for preferential treatment in both law and public discourse? Why, for example, can a religious soup kitchen get an exemption from zoning laws in order to... More Info

The Unheavenly Chorus

April 29, 2012 | 608 pages
Politically active individuals and organizations make huge investments of time, energy, and money to influence everything from election outcomes to congressional subcommittee hearings to local school politics, while other groups and individual citizens seem woefully underrepresented in our... More Info


Princeton Univ Pr | March 21, 2012 | 568 pages
Afghanistan traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today. Thomas Barfield introduces readers to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic groups... More Info

The Young Turks' Crime Against Humanity

April 4, 2012 | 528 pages
Introducing new evidence from more than 600 secret Ottoman documents, this book demonstrates in unprecedented detail that the Armenian Genocide and the expulsion of Greeks from the late Ottoman Empire resulted from an official effort to rid the empire of its Christian subjects. Presenting these... More Info

Two Cheers for Anarchism

Princeton University Press | October 14, 2012 | 169 pages
James Scott taught us what's wrong with seeing like a state. Now, in his most accessible and personal book to date, the acclaimed social scientist makes the case for seeing like an anarchist. Inspired by the core anarchist faith in the possibilities of voluntary cooperation without hierarchy, Two... More Info

Island of Shame

March 31, 2009 | 259 pages
The American military base on the island of Diego Garcia is one of the most strategically important and secretive U.S. military installations outside the United States. Located near the remote center of the Indian Ocean and accessible only by military transport, the base was a little-known launch... More Info


Pluto Press (UK) | April 15, 2012 | 237 pages
The election of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) (movement towards socialism) to power in Bolivia in 2006 marked a historic break from centuries of foreign domination and indigenous marginalization. Evo Morales, leader of the MAS, became the first indigenous President of Bolivia. Kepa Artaraz... More Info


Pluto Pr | May 15, 2010 | 240 pages
An eye-witness blog written during the Israeli offensive in Gaza.  More Info


Pluto Pr | May 15, 2010 | 254 pages
The 2008 Ossetia War underlined the fact that Georgia is caught in a political struggle between East and West. Per Gahrton analyzes American and Russian policy towards the country and provides a firsthand account of the Rose Revolution of 2003, its origin and aftermath. The book traces the... More Info

Leila Khaled

Pluto Press (UK) | May 22, 2012 | 176 pages
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Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban

Pluto Press (UK) | May 15, 2011 | 272 pages
Examines the new generation of Al-Qaeda leaders, explains the wider aims of both organizations, and provides an analysis of major terrorist incidents.  More Info


Pluto Pr | June 15, 2011 | 288 pages
Palestinian prisoners charged with security-related offences are immediately taken as a threat to Israel.s security.  More Info

Long Time Passing

Pluto | April 28, 2009 | 288 pages
Chronicles how a mother's visit with her son at a military base in Iraq leads to a journey around the world to interview mothers of soldiers about their experiences.  More Info

From Palestine to Israel

Pluto Press (UK) | November 15, 2011 | 240 pages
In this carefully curated and beautifully presented photobook, Ariella Azoulay offers a new perspective on four crucial years in the history of Palestine/Israel.The book reconstructs the processes by which the Palestinian majority in Mandatory Palestine became a minority in Israel, while the Jewish... More Info

Seasons of Hunger:

Pluto Press | September 20, 2008 | 148 pages
Explores the annual crisis in food production which leads to the scurge of seasonal hunger.  More Info

Straight Power Concepts in the Middle East

Pluto Pr | May 15, 2010 | 240 pages
Gregory Harms makes complex subjects accessible to everyone, without sacrificing analytical rigor. Straight Power Concepts is a concise explanation of US foreign policy, American involvement in the Middle East, and its alliance with Israel. As in his incredibly successful book The Palestine-Israel... More Info

Broken promises, broken dreams

Pluto Pr | March 15, 2010 | 283 pages
The tragedies of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians are never far from the pages of the mainstream press. Yet it is rare to hear about the reality of life on the ground -- and it is rarer still when these voices belong to women. This book records the journey of a Jewish American... More Info

The new Latin American left

Pluto Press | March 23, 2019 | 302 pages
This collection explores the ideologies and workings of Latin America's thriving progressive political parties and social movements. From those in power to those opposing power, experts survey the scene in Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, and Uruguay. Commentators on Latin... More Info

Socialism or Barbarism?

Pluto Press | November 15, 2010 | 240 pages
Rosa Luxemburg (1871-1919) was one of the most brilliant and passionate minds drawn to the revolutionary socialist movement. An outstanding social and economic theorist of the twentieth century, and a dedicated political activist, she proved willing to go to prison and even give her life for her... More Info

Crisis in Korea

Pluto Pr | September 15, 2011 | 288 pages
The South Korean warship Cheonan was sunk in mysterious circumstances on March 26, 2010. The remarkable events that followed are analyzed by Tim Beal and woven into a larger study of the increasingly volatile relations between North and South Korea and US concern about the rise of China. South... More Info

Blood and religion

Pluto Pr | March 23, 2019 | 222 pages
"Timely and important . . . by far the most penetrarting and comprehensive [book] on the subject to date. . . . This work should be required reading." --Nur Masalha, Director of Holy Land Studies, St. Mary's College, University of Surrey, and author of The Politics of Denial "An original and... More Info

Popular Resistance in Palestine

Pluto Pr | December 15, 2010 | 320 pages
The Western media paint Palestinian resistance against Israeli occupation as exclusively violent: armed resistance, suicide bombings, and rocket attacks. In reality these methods are the exception to what is a peaceful and creative resistance movement. In this fascinating book, Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh... More Info

The Media and the Rwanda Genocide

Pluto Pr | January 20, 2007 | 463 pages
Explores the role of the media in the Rwandan genocide -- within the country and beyond.  More Info

A People's History of the Second World War

Pluto Press | June 15, 2012 | 256 pages
A People's History of the Second World War unearths the fascinating history of the war as fought "from below." Until now, the vast majority of historical accounts have focused on the regular armies of the allied powers. Donny Gluckstein shows that an important part of the fighting involved people's... More Info

Hope Amidst Despair

Pluto Pr | October 15, 2011 | 200 pages
Of the16 million children to have been orphaned by AIDS worldwide, almost 15 million live in sub-Saharan Africa. Hope Amidst Despair focuses on these children and those who are made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. Of the millions affected, many live in deep poverty, experience little schooling, have unmet... More Info

Economic Liberalization and Political Violence

Pluto Pr | September 15, 2010 | 336 pages
Globalization is lauded by some as a tool for spreading peace and prosperity, and decried by others as a harbinger of conflict and war. This book challenges both views. Narrowing down globalization to the more manageable notion of neoliberalism, Economic Liberalization and Political Violencestudies... More Info

Empire in denial

Pluto Press | March 23, 2019 | 221 pages
Ideal for students of international affairs, this book takes a critical look at state building.  More Info

Border Watch

Pluto Press | July 15, 2012 | 224 pages
Questions over immigration and asylum face almost all Western countries. Should only economically useful immigrants be allowed? What should be done with unwanted or "illegal" immigrants? In this bold and original intervention, Alexandra Hall shows that immigration detention centers offer a window... More Info

The Scramble for African Oil

Pluto Press (UK) | January 15, 2012 | 256 pages
Africa is often seen as a place to be pitied or feared as an area of instability. This book challenges these complacent assumptions, showing how our demand for oil contributes to the chronic problems plaguing the continent. Douglas A. Yates shows how the "scramble" by the great powers for African... More Info

The Fall of the US Empire

Pluto Press | June 15, 2012 | 176 pages
Whither the US empire? Despite Washington's military supremacy, its economic foundations have been weakening since the Vietnam war - accelerated by the great recession and credit-rating downgrade - and its global authority dented by the quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this accessible, punchy... More Info

Leon Trotsky

Pluto | April 24, 2012 | 224 pages
Leon Trotsky was a key political figure of the twentieth century – a leader of the Russian revolution, founder of the Red army, author of books on literature, history, morality, and politics. Leon Trotsky: Writings in Exile contains some of his most insightful and penetrating works. Exiled and... More Info

Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives

Pluto Pr | September 14, 2010 | 256 pages
In Ethnicity and Nationalism, Thomas Hylland Eriksen demonstrates that far from being an immutable property of groups, ethnicity is a dynamic and shifting aspect of social relationships. Drawing on a wide range of classic and recent studies in anthropology and sociology, Eriksen examines the... More Info


Pluto Pr | November 22, 2011 | 416 pages
Constant migration is a worldwide phenomenon that creates sharp divisions between those who accept the need for migrants and welcome the contributions they make and those who oppose them on xenophobic grounds. Guy Arnold provides a comprehensive survey of the consequences of migration. Arnold... More Info