Category: Political economy


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

Blocked on Weibo

August 6, 2013 | 192 pages
What did Chinese authorities do in July 2009 when tensions between the predominately Muslim population of China's Xinjiang province and authorities escalated into violent riots? They turned off the Internet in Xinjiang. This inspired China scholar Jason Q. Ng to devise a computer script to test all... More Info

The Face of Imperialism

Paradigm Publishers | April 30, 2011 | 159 pages
In the last half-century we have witnessed a dramatic expansion of American corporate power into every corner of the world, accompanied by an equally awesome growth in U.S. military power. This book analyzes this global empire: what interests it serves and what effect it has on the peoples of the... More Info

Corporate Sovereignty: Law and Government Under Capitalism

University of Minnesota Press | August 1, 2013 | 272 pages
Refinery explosions. Accounting scandals. Bank meltdowns. All of these catastrophes—and many more—might rightfully be blamed on corporations. In response, advocates have suggested reforms ranging from increased government regulation to corporate codes of conduct to stop corporate abuses. Joshua... More Info

You Can't Hide the Sun

Black Swan | June 15, 2013 | 384 pages
Drawing on his own experiences of the Middle East, John McCarthy travels through Israel to uncover the hidden story of the Palestinian struggle. Transported as a young boy by his father's tales of Palestine, John McCarthy has always been drawn to the mystique of the Middle East. Remarkably, his... More Info

The King Years

August 13, 2013 | 224 pages
A chronicle of key events in the civil rights movement traces how it evolved from a bus strike to a political and social revolution.  More Info

Ruling the Void

Verso Books | May 1, 2009 | 208 pages
Chilling account ofthe end of party democracy, by the leading political scientist  More Info

Wrong Turn

July 30, 2013 | 208 pages
Colonel Gian Gentile's 2008 article ?Misreading the Surge” in World Politics Review first exposed a growing rift among military intellectuals that has since been playing out in strategy sessions at the Pentagon, in classrooms at military academies, and on the pages of the New York Times. While... More Info

You Can't Read This Book

Fourth Estate | September 17, 2013 | 330 pages
The uncompromising Nick Cohen exposes the reality behind the freedoms we enjoy in the book that won Polemic of the Year at the 2013 Political Book Awards.  More Info

After Bin Laden

March 5, 2013 | 304 pages
Osama bin Laden is dead, but Al Qaeda remains the CIA's ?number one threat.” Yet since the 9/11 attacks on the United States, the organization has evolved into a much more complex and far-flung entity, even as American military strikes have killed its most identifiable spokesmen and leaders.... More Info

Extremely Loud

New Press | June 1, 2013 | 208 pages
Exploring the long history of efforts by military and police forces to deploy sound against enemies, criminals and law-abiding citizens, this disturbing and wide-ranging account reveals how loud sound has emerged in the last decade as an unlikely mechanism for intimidation and control. 12,500 first... More Info


Zed Books | August 13, 2013 | 272 pages
The growth of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at local and international levels has attracted considerable interest from policy-makers, development practitioners, academics and activists around the world. But how has this phenomenon impacted on struggles for social and environmental justice?... More Info

Footnotes in Gaza

Metropolitan Books | October 12, 2010 | 432 pages
"Sacco brings the conflict down to the most human level, allowing us to imagine our way inside it, to make the desperation he discovers, in some small way, our own."—Los Angeles Times Rafah, a town at the bottommost tip of the Gaza Strip, has long been a notorious flashpoint in the bitter Middle... More Info

Green Politics in China

Pluto Press | July 16, 2013 | 200 pages
Based on interviews with members of grassroots organizations, media and government institutions, Green Politics in China provides an in-depth and engaging account of the novel ways in which Chinese society is responding to its environmental crisis, using examples rarely captured in Western media or... More Info

Real Talk for Real Teachers

Viking Adult | July 16, 2013 | 336 pages
Wisdom to reenergize teachers of all ages and at all stages, from the New York Times bestselling author of Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire If Rafe Esquith's Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire was food for a teacher's mind, Real Talk for Real Teachers feeds the teacher's soul. In this inspiring book, the... More Info

Conspiracy Theory in America

University of Texas Press | April 15, 2013 | 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

The Fight to Save Juárez

University of Texas Press | April 1, 2013 | 296 pages
Describes the struggle Mexican law enforcement has faced to control the drug traffic epidemic in Juâarez, reflecting upon the lives of four people at the heart of the drug war--a drug lord's mistress, a human rights activist, a photojournalist, and Juâarez's mayor.  More Info

The Cushion in the Road

April 2, 2013 | 336 pages
In her newest collection of wide-ranging meditations on our intertwined personal, spiritual, and political destinies, Alice Walker writes that ?we are beyond a rigid category of color, sex, or spirituality if we are truly alive.” For the millions of her devoted fans?and for readers of Walker's... More Info

Chasing Gideon

March 19, 2013 | 288 pages
On March 18, 1963, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright that all defendants charged with a crime punishable by imprisonment of more than a year have the constitutional right to free legal counsel if they cannot afford their own. Today, an estimated 80 percent of... More Info


Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press | April 1, 2013 | 258 pages
Since the early 1990s, tens of thousands of memoirs by celebrities and unknown people have been published, sold, and read by millions of American readers. The memoir boom, as the explosion of memoirs on the market has come to be called, has been welcomed, vilified, and dismissed in the popular... More Info

The Martin Duberman Reader

May 7, 2013 | 336 pages
For the past fifty years, prize-winning historian Martin Duberman's groundbreaking writings have established him as one of our preeminent public intellectuals. Founder of the first graduate program in LGBT studies in the country, he is perhaps best known for his biographies of Paul Robeson, Lincoln... More Info


Simon & Schuster | July 9, 2013 | 336 pages
What causes one system to break down and another to rebound? Are we merely subject to the whim of forces beyond our control? Or, in the face of constant disruption, can we build better shock absorbers—for ourselves, our communities, our economies, and for the planet as a whole? Reporting... More Info

I Wear the Black Hat

Scribner | July 9, 2013 | 256 pages
From New York Times bestselling author, “one of America’s top cultural critics” (Entertainment Weekly), and “The Ethicist” for The New York Times Magazine, comes a new book of all original pieces on villains and villainy in popular culture. Chuck Klosterman has walked into the darkness.... More Info

Living Illegal

New Press | April 9, 2013 | 342 pages
In June 2012, President Obama's executive order enforcing parts of the Dream Act and the Supreme Court's decision to block components of Arizona's draconian immigration law propelled the immigration debate back into the headlines once again. Based on oral histories, individual testimonies, and... More Info

Tide Players

July 2, 2013 | 240 pages
In Tide Players, acclaimed author Jianying Zha depicts a new generation of movers and shakers who are transforming today's China. In a half-dozen sharply etched and nuanced profiles, Tide Players captures both the concrete detail and the epic dimension of life in the world's fastest-growing... More Info

A Plague of Prisons

May 9, 2013 | 272 pages
When Dr. John Snow first traced an outbreak of cholera to a water pump in the Soho district of London in 1854, the field of epidemiology was born. Ernest Drucker’s A Plague of Prisons takes the same concepts and tools of public health that have successfully tracked epidemics of flu, tuberculosis,... More Info

A hated political enemy

August 22, 2019 | 39 pages
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Famine and Foreigners

Oxford University Press, USA | September 8, 2010 | 280 pages
`No outsider understands Ethiopia better than Peter Gill. He combines compassion with a clinical commitment to the truth. He writes with verve and an eye for telling detail. The result is a major contribution to the compelling story of this remarkable nation.'---Jonathan Dimbleby --  More Info

Peaceful resistance

Pluto Pr | December 15, 2009 | 219 pages
This book tells the remarkable story of Bierzeit University, one of Palestine's foremost educational institutions. When Dr. Gabi Baramki co-founded Birzeit's first degree program in 1972, he was determined to create a Palestinian national university despite Israel 's occupation. Democracy and... More Info

The Discordant Development

Pluto Press (UK) | February 28, 2012 | 216 pages
What happens when a vast multinational mining company operates a gas plant situated close to four densely populated villages in rural Bangladesh? How does its presence contribute to local processes of development "? And what do corporate claims of community engagement " involve?  More Info

The Political Economy of NGOs

Pluto Pr | June 15, 2011 | 352 pages
Jude L. Fernando explores the paradoxical relationship between NGOs and state formation within the context of capitalism, showing that supposedly progressive organisations often promote essentially the same policies and ideas as existing governments.  More Info

Pirates of the 21st Century

May 1, 2011 | 278 pages
Looks at the attacks that have taken place in the Malacca Straits, the Gulf of Guinea, and off the coast of Bangladesh, and questions how international peacekeeping forces can try to bring stability and security back to the oceans of the world Piracy is rife in the South China Sea and has returned... More Info

The Cnt in the Spanish Revolution

Pm Pr | April 1, 2012 | 312 pages
A careful chronicle of political change and hope in 1930s Spain, this staggering work examines how the Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT), rose up against the oppressive structures of Spanish society. Documenting a history of revolution that failed at the hands of its enemies on both the... More Info

From Oslo to Iraq and the road map

Vintage | August 9, 2005 | 352 pages
A collection of essays by the late journalist on the Middle East, published between 2000 and 2003, includes pieces on Clinton's negotiations on the "Law of Return" for Palestinians, the Bush administration's ill-advised allegiances to the Christian right and oil companies, and the writer's... More Info

Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy

Broadway Books | June 11, 2013 | 304 pages
Analyzes scandals in high-profile institutions, from Wall Street and the Catholic Church to corporate America and Major League Baseball, while evaluating how an elite American meritocracy rose throughout the past half-century before succumbing to unprecedented levels of corruption and failure.... More Info

The Great Degeneration

Penguin Press HC | June 13, 2013 | 192 pages
From renowned historian Niall Ferguson, a searching and provocative examination of the widespread institutional rot that threatens our collective future What causes rich countries to lose their way? Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing growth, crushing debts, increasing inequality,... More Info

The Deserters

Penguin Press Hca Press | June 13, 2013 | 400 pages
A fast-paced narrative history of World War II centered on the little explored subject of deserters A tale that redefines the ordinary soldier in the Second World War, The Deserters is a breathtaking work of historical reportage, weaving together the lives of forgotten servicemen even as it... More Info

The Winter Is Over

Semiotext | May 3, 2013 | 264 pages
Automation and information technology have transformed the organization of labor tosuch an extent that the processes of exploitation have moved beyond the labor class and now workupon society as a whole. If this displacement has destroyed the political primacy of the laborclass, it has not,... More Info

That the World May Know

August 22, 2019 | 289 pages
Producer: Heron & Crane After the worst thing in the world happens, then what? What is left to the survivors, the witnesses, those who tried to help? What can we do to prevent more atrocities from happening in the future, and to stop the ones that are happening right now? That the World May... More Info

A Comprehensive Dictionary of the Middle East

Olive Branch Press | November 1, 2012 | 700 pages
In this up-to-date, painstakingly researched dictionary, author Dilip Hiro brings one of the most tumultuous regions of the world to our fingertips. It is easy-to-read, simple to use, authoritative, and comprehensive. If offers a wide range of alphabetically arranged information on topics ranging... More Info

Animal Oppression and Human Violence

Columbia University Press | April 23, 2013 | 336 pages
Jared Diamond and other leading scholars have argued that the domestication of animals for food, labor, and tools of war has advanced the development of human society. But by comparing practices of animal exploitation for food and resources in different societies over time, David A. Nibert reaches... More Info

Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples

May 1, 2013 | 392 pages
Analyzing a long-neglected element of Irish and Scottish diaspora studies.  More Info

Human Trafficking Around the World

May 1, 2013 | 550 pages
This unprecedented study of sex trafficking, forced labor, organ trafficking, and sex tourism across twenty-four nations highlights the experiences of the victims, perpetrators, and anti-traffickers involved in this brutal trade. Combining statistical data with intimate accounts and interviews,... More Info

The Metamorphoses of Fat

April 1, 2013 | 261 pages
One of the world's top historians of the body, Georges Vigarello maps the evolution of Western ideas about fat and fat people from the Middle Ages to today, paying particular attention to the role of science, fashion, fitness crazes, and public health campaigns in shaping these views. While hefty... More Info

Quest for Security

Columbia University Press | April 23, 2013 | 412 pages
The essays in this collection boldly confront the quest for security arising out of the social, economic, environmental, and political crises and transformations of our century. Joseph E. Stiglitz and Mary Kaldor begin with an expansive, balanced analysis of the global landscape and the factors... More Info

Winner Take All

HarperPerennial | May 28, 2013 | 240 pages
The national bestseller, now in paperback Every day, newspaper headlines and media commentators scream warnings of impending doom—shortages of arable land, clashes over water and political Armageddon as global demand for fossil fuels far outstrips supply. Shortages in the commodities markets have... More Info

Letters from Lexington

August 22, 1993 | 167 pages
No summary available.

The Revenge of History

Verso Books | June 4, 2013 | 400 pages
From 9/11 to the Arab Spring: the decade of living dangerously  More Info

China and the Environment

Zed Books | May 21, 2013 | 256 pages
The trajectory of China's growth is leading many environmentalists to ask how the state and its people really engaging with environmental issues? This book provides access to otherwise unknown stories of environmental activism and forms the first real-life account of China and its environmental... More Info

The Ethics of Preventive War

April 4, 2013 | 280 pages
The book examines the complex and contested moral and legal issues of preventive warfare.  More Info