Category: Political economy

Europe's Alliance with Israel

Pluto Press | December 15, 2010 | 192 pages
In carefully crafted official statements, the European Union presents itself as an honest broker in the Middle East. In reality, however, the EU’s 27 governments have been engaged in a long process of accommodating Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. Journalist David Cronin... More Info

Blocking Public Participation

Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | March 1, 2014 | 210 pages
Strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPP) involves lawsuits brought by individuals, corporations, groups, or politicians to curtail political activism and expression. An increasingly large part of the political landscape in Canada, they are often launched against those protesting,... More Info

The Origin of Capitalism

Verso | August 22, 2019 | 213 pages
Contains extensive new material, especially on imperialism, anti Eurocentric history, capitalism and the nation-state, and the differences betwee ncapitalism and non-capitalist commerce. Traces the links between the origin of capitalism and globalization, ecological degradation and the current... More Info

22 Ideas to Fix the World

August 30, 2013 | 492 pages
"A joint publication of the Social Science Research Council and New York University Press."  More Info

Disappearing Palestine

November 15, 2008 | 294 pages
This book claims that Palestine is fast disappearing and fulfilling the objectives of Israel's founding fathers. Over many decades, Israel has developed and refined policies to disperse, imprison and impoverish the Palestinian people, in a relentless effort to destroy them as a nation. It has... More Info

The Political Economy of Israel's Occupation

Pluto Press | September 15, 2010 | 240 pages
The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories since 1967 has many important economic aspects that are often overlooked. In this highly original book, Shir Hever shows that both sides need to address the economic dimension if progress is to be made. Hever rejects the premise that Israel... More Info

Israel and the clash of civilisations

Pluto Pr | January 20, 2008 | 204 pages
Argues that the current chaos in the Middle East was always the intention of the Bush administration and Israel.  More Info

Power Concedes Nothing

Scribner | February 11, 2014 | 368 pages
The “fierce” and “remarkable” memoir from one of the nation’s most influential and celebrated civil rights attorneys—second cousin of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice—is “a rallying cry for social justice” (More magazine). Connie Rice has taken on the bus system, the... More Info

Censored 2014

October 1, 2013 | 288 pages
Every year since 1976, Project Censored has produced a Top-25 list of underreported news stories and a book, Censored, dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship. Additional chapters find academics and... More Info

Governing the World

Penguin Group USA | August 27, 2013 | 496 pages
A majestic narrative reckoning with the forces that have shaped the nature and destiny of the world's governing institutions The story of global cooperation is a tale of dreamers goading us to find common cause in remedying humanity's worst problems. But international institutions are also tools... More Info


Zed Books | November 5, 2013 | 176 pages
In this groundbreaking work, Gurpreet Mahajan tackles the predisposition of political theory to be limited by the Western canon. Bringing into focus how concepts central to the modern democratic political imaginary are interpreted in India, this book elaborates the ways that ideas of freedom,... More Info

A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium

Verso Books | August 22, 2019 | 729 pages
A comprehensive history of human society covers its earliest period through the present, avoiding the typical practice of recounting history from the perspectives of dates and famous people to document how everyday people lived and contributed to societal changes. Original.  More Info

How America Gets Away With Murder

Pluto Press | July 20, 2004 | 320 pages
They call it "collateral damage," but legally and morally it is really mass murder. In Kosovo, America claimed its war was a "humanitarian intervention," in Afghanistan, "self-defense," and in Iraq, it claimed the authority of the Security Council of the United Nations. Yet each of these wars was... More Info

Global Interdependence

Belknap Press | January 1, 2014 | 990 pages
Global Interdependence provides a new account of world history from the end of WWII to the present, an era when transnational communities challenged the long domination of the nation-state. Leading scholars elucidate the political, economic, cultural, and environmental forces that have shaped the... More Info

A People's History of the U.s. Military

October 1, 2013 | 384 pages
Drawing from three centuries of soldiers' personal accounts with combat, A People's History of the U.S Military is a compelling first person account of the experiences of common soldiers in the U.S military, from the American revolution to the present day. Illustrating the reality of military... More Info

Global Issues

University of Toronto Press | November 19, 2013 | 224 pages
Global Issues is a pedagogically rich book that addresses prominent issues of contemporary concern. From social media and political revolutions to food security and world hunger, each issue is explored in depth, allowing for an applied understanding of more abstract concepts like conflict,... More Info

A Question of Torture

Holt Paperbacks | December 26, 2006 | 320 pages
"An indispensable and riveting account" of the CIA's development and use of torture, from the cold war to Abu Ghraib and beyond (Naomi Klein, The Nation) In this revelatory account of the CIA's fifty-year effort to develop new forms of torture, historian Alfred W. McCoy locates the deep roots of... More Info

The Untold History of the United States

Simon and Schuster | October 15, 2013 | 784 pages
A companion to the ten-part documentary series outlines provocative arguments against official American historical records to reveal the origins of conservatism and the obstacles to progressive change.  More Info

In the Words of Nelson Mandela

Bloomsbury Publishing USA | April 26, 2011 | 160 pages
The editor of The Penguin Dictionary of South African Quotations presents a treasury of short quotes by the Nobel Peace Prize-winning first elected South African president, in a reference that offers insight into his views on topics ranging from humanity and friendship to oppression and freedom.... More Info

Between Equal Rights

Haymarket Books | August 22, 2019 | 375 pages
Mieville critically examines existing theories of international law and offers a compelling alternative Marxist view.  More Info

The Power of Knowledge

Yale University Press | August 22, 2019 | 448 pages
A thought-provoking analysis of how the acquisition and utilization of information has determined the course of history over the past five centuries and shaped the world as we know it today  More Info


Nation Books | May 14, 2013 | 336 pages
Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel is New York Times best-selling author Max Blumenthal's devastating journey through Israel and an anatomy of the extremist takeover of a nation. What Blumenthal finds is a country overrun by extremists, where the Jewish Right has hijacked constitutional... More Info

Killing Machine: The American Presidency in the Age of Drone Warfare

New Press | November 12, 2013 | 256 pages
With Obama's election to the presidency in 2008, many believed the United States had entered a new era: Obama came into office with high expectations that he would end the war in Iraq and initiate a new foreign policy that would reestablish American values and the United States' leadership role in... More Info

On Anarchism

New Press | November 5, 2013 | 128 pages
Radical linguist, philosopher, and activist Noam Chomsky is widely recognized as one of the foremost intellectuals in contemporary America. Known for his denunciation of U.S. foreign policy, state capitalism, and the mainstream media, he is a fearless critic of established authority, a stance that... More Info

The Family Jewels

October 1, 2013 | 336 pages
In December 1974, a front-page story in the New York Times revealed the explosive details of illegal domestic spying by the Central Intelligence Agency. This included political surveillance, eavesdropping, detention, and interrogation. The revelation of illegal activities over many years shocked... More Info

Spoiling Tibet

June 1, 2013 |
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Mexico's Democratic Challenges

Stanford Univ Pr | May 31, 2010 | 352 pages
Only a decade ago, Mexico saw the end of seventy years of single-party hegemonic rule and the first free and fair election in its history. How has the country evolved since then, and what is the status of its democracy today? In this comprehensive new collection intended for use in undergraduate... More Info

Modern Politics

PM Press | November 1, 2013 | 176 pages
Back in print for the first time in 30 years, this volume provides a brilliant and accessible summation of the ideas of left Marxist giant C. L. R. James. Originally delivered in 1960 as a series of lectures in his native Trinidad, James’s wide-ranging erudition and enduring relevance are... More Info

The Victory Lab

Random House LLC | August 22, 2019 | 357 pages
A lively and fascinating look at how a handful of academics, statisticians, and strategists are reshaping how political campaigns are won and lost.  More Info


November 12, 2013 | 330 pages
The war of 1971 that created Bangladesh was the most significant geopolitical event in the Indian subcontinent since partition in 1947. It tilted the balance of power between India and Pakistan steeply in favor of India. Srinath Raghavan contends that the crisis and its cast of characters can be... More Info

Days of God

Simon & Schuster | September 10, 2013 | 272 pages
A myth-busting insider’s account of the Iranian Revolution of 1979 that destroyed US influence in the country and transformed the politics of the Middle East and the world. James Buchan was studying in Iran in the 1970s when the turmoil that culminated in the revolution began. Fluent in Persian,... More Info

If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

Yale University Press | November 26, 2013 | 352 pages
Can cities solve the biggest problems of the twenty-first century better than nations? Is the city democracy's best hope?  More Info

Mobilities, Knowledge, and Social Justice

July 1, 2013 | 608 pages
An original, thought-provoking synthesis of interdisciplinary perspectives on the movement of people and ideas in the contemporary world.  More Info

Muslim Zion

May 15, 2013 | 156 pages
Muslim Zion argues that Pakistan has never been a nation-state, grounded in the historic connections of lands and peoples. Just as Israel is the only Jewish state, Pakistan is the only Muslim state to make religion the sole basis of its nationality. Faisal Devji offers a penetrating critique of... More Info

Decoding Al-Qaeda's Strategy

July 1, 2013 | 368 pages
Consulting the work of well-known and obscure al-Qaeda theoreticians, Michael W. S. Ryan finds Jihadist terrorism has more in common with the principles of Maoist guerrilla warfare than mainstream Islam.  More Info

While Canada Slept

McClelland & Stewart Ltd | August 22, 2019 | 224 pages
For how much longer can Canada expect to get a free ride? With 9/11 and the international “war on terrorism,” the time has come to ask some hard questions. Should we continue to starve our military, reduce our humanitarian assistance, dilute our diplomacy, and absent ourselves from global... More Info

Us, Them, and Others

October 1, 2011 | 293 pages
How do countries come to view themselves as being 'multicultural'? Us, Them, and Otherspresents a dynamic new model for understanding pluralism based on the triangular relationship between three groups - the national majority, historically recognized minorities, and diverse immigrant bodies. Elke... More Info


British Library Board | May 1, 2013 | 216 pages
Propaganda is a double-edged sword. It can help a cause or destroy a person's career, depending on the intentions of the user. The pens of Voltaire and Rousseau inflamed opposition to Bourbon rule in France, just as Thomas Paine's Common Sense roused and influenced opinion in the American... More Info

Reading History Sideways

University of Chicago Press | November 6, 2013 | 344 pages
European and American scholars from the eighteenth through the mid-twentieth centuries thought that all societies passed through the same developmental stages, from primitive to advanced. Implicit in this developmental paradigm—one that has affected generations of thought on societal... More Info

Command and Control

Penguin Press | October 20, 2009 | 352 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.  More Info

Floating City: A Rogue Sociologist Lost and Found in New York's Underground Economy

Penguin Press HC | September 12, 2013 | 256 pages
The bestselling author of Gang Leader for a Day reveals the secrets of New York's underground economy in this vivid memoir of sociological investigation ?This is New York! We're like hummingbirds, man,” explains Shine, a small-time Harlem crack dealer breaking into the elite cocaine market. ?We... More Info

A Companion to Marx's Capital

September 10, 2013 | 384 pages
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Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice

Belknap Press | October 1, 2013 | 420 pages
Martha Nussbaum asks: How can we sustain a decent society that aspires to justice and inspires sacrifice for the common good? Amid negative emotions endemic even to good societies, public emotions rooted in love--intense attachments outside our control--can foster commitment to shared goals and... More Info

I Told You So

Counterpoint | April 9, 2013 | 128 pages
?I exist to say, ?No, that isn't the way it is,' or ?What you believe to be true is not true for the following reasons.' I am a master of the obvious. I mean, if there's a hole in the road, I will, viciously, outrageously, say there's a hole in the road and if you don't fill it in you'll break the... More Info

The Capitalism Papers: Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System

Counterpoint | May 14, 2013 | 304 pages
The author of Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television discusses his assertion that capitalism is an obsolete model that causes unsolvable environmental and social problems on a planet with limited resources.  More Info

Gaddafi's Harem

Grove Press | September 3, 2013 | 272 pages
Soraya was just fifteen, a schoolgirl in the coastal town of Sirte, when she was given the honor of presenting a bouquet of flowers to Colonel Gaddafi, ?the Guide,” on a visit he was making to her school the following week. This one meeting?a presentation of flowers, a pat on the head from... More Info

Picturing Atrocity

December 15, 2011 | 256 pages
A volume of essays by leading photography writers and critics, published to benefit Amnesty International, cites such examples as the work of Susan Sontag to question whether photography of disturbing images stirs empathy or voyeurism in its viewers, outlining how to look at photographs to become... More Info

The Myth of the Muslim Tide

Vintage Books Canada | August 27, 2013 | 208 pages
From the award-winning author andGlobecolumnist Doug Saunders, a short, powerfully argued, debunking of the myth of the Muslim tide, which is being deployed to dangerous effect by numerous commentators and politicians in Canada, the United States and Europe. Even among people who would never... More Info

Introducing Aristotle

Icon Books | November 9, 2010 | 176 pages
Unique graphic introductions to big ideas and thinkers, written by experts in the field.  More Info

Introducing Aesthetics

Icon Books | October 12, 2010 | 176 pages
Unique graphic introductions to big ideas and thinkers, written by experts in the field.  More Info