Category: Political economy

The Age of the Warrior

HarperPerennial | May 15, 2009 | 400 pages
Robert Fisk has amassed a devoted readership over the years, with his insightful, witty and always outspoken articles on international politics and mankind s war-torn recent history. He is best known for his writing about the Middle East, its wars, dictators and international relations, but these... More Info

Private Empire

Penguin Group USA | May 28, 2013 | 704 pages
An investigation into the influential and fiercely private corporation traces the period between the Exxon Valdez accident and the Deepwater Horizion spill to profile chief executives Lee Raymond and Rex Tillerson as well as the company's role in violent international incidents. By the Pulitzer... More Info

The Five Stages of Collapse

New Society Pub | July 2, 2013 | 240 pages
A user's guide to economic, political, social and cultural collapse.  More Info


Penguin | January 4, 2011 | 589 pages
"A magisterial effort packed with insight and written with clarity and enthusiasm. It's also the deal of the year---the equivalent of a year's college course by an engaging, brilliant professor, all for the price of a book." Who Hasn't Gazed upon the abandoned temples of Angkor Wat or the... More Info

The General's Son

June 1, 2012 | 224 pages
In 1997, a tragedy struck the family of Israeli-American Miko Peled His beloved niece Smadar was killed by a suicide bomber in Jerusalem. That tragedy propelled Peled onto a journey of discovery. It pushed him to re-examine many of the beliefs he had grown up with, as the son and grandson of... More Info

The Battle for the Arab Spring

May 7, 2013 | 368 pages
Drawn from research, interviews and a wealth of firsthand experience, this analysis of the Arab Spring, a revolution that spread across the Arab world in 2011, provides the first clear glimpse of the post-revolutionary future and the challenges many Arab nations face in building democratic... More Info

The Big Truck That Went By

Palgrave MacMillan | January 8, 2013 | 320 pages
An assessment of how Haiti has fared after the 2010 earthquake reveals how the country continues to suffer from poverty, illness, and a broken infrastructure, assessing the factors that prevent aid from reaching people in need.  More Info

Behind the Kitchen Door

Ilr Press | February 12, 2013 | 191 pages
Uncovers the inequities of restaurant labor in the United States, from low wages and poor employee benefits to sexual harassment, unsafe working conditions, and the hypocrisy of ethical, free-trade restuarants.  More Info


Hudson st Press | May 2, 2013 | 320 pages
What kind of person are you? Are you independent—individual, unique, and in control of your world? Are you interdependent—relational, similar to others, and good at adjusting to situations? Or are you both? In Clash!, leading cultural psychologists Hazel Rose Markus and Alana Conner show us how... More Info

Who Owns the Future?

Simon & Schuster | May 7, 2013 | 400 pages
THE DAZZLING NEW MASTERWORK FROM THE PROPHET OF SILICON VALLEY Jaron Lanier is the bestselling author of You Are Not a Gadget, the father of virtual reality, and one of the most influential thinkers of our time. For decades, Lanier has drawn on his expertise and experience as a computer scientist,... More Info

Beyond Shangri-La

Duke University Press Books | November 19, 2012 | 355 pages
Beyond Shangri-La chronicles relations between the Tibetans and the United States since 1908, when a Dalai Lama first met with U.S. representatives. What was initially a distant alliance became more intimate and entangled in the late 1950s, when the Tibetan people launched an armed resistance... More Info

Social Movements and Leftist Governments in Latin America

January 15, 2012 | 192 pages
In recent years, the simultaneous development of prominent social movements and the election of left and center-left governments has radically altered the political landscape in Latin America. These social movements have ranged from the community based "piqueteros" of Argentina that brought down... More Info

Latin America in the 21st Century

May 8, 2012 | 160 pages
Twenty-first century Latin America is rich in history, culture, and political and social experimentation. In this fascinating and insightful analysis, Gardini looks at contemporary developments at three interconnected levels: the state, the region, and the international position of Latin America.... More Info

Inventing Africa

Pluto Pr | April 15, 2011 | 256 pages
Inventing Africa is a critical account of narratives which have selectively interpreted and misinterpreted the continent's deep past. Writers have created alluring images of lost cities, vast prehistoric migrations and golden ages of past civilizations. Debates continue on the African origins of... More Info

State of the World 2013

April 15, 2013 | 292 pages
Every day, we are presented with a range of “sustainable” products and activities—from “green” cleaning supplies to carbon offsets—but with so much labeled as “sustainable,” the term has become essentially sustainababble, at best indicating a practice or product slightly less... More Info

The Anarchist Turn

Pluto Press | February 26, 2013 | 216 pages
The concept of anarchy is often presented as a recipe for pure disorder. The Anarchist Turn brings together innovative and fresh perspectives on anarchism to argue that in fact it represents a form of collective, truly democratic social organization. The book shows how in the last decade the... More Info

Power Beyond Scrutiny

Pluto Press | March 19, 2013 | 224 pages
Power Beyond Scrutiny uncovers the forces which distort and limit public debate in the media. From the misuse of politician's expenses to recent phone hacking scandals, establishment corruption has never been more in the headlines. Yet amidst the din of scandal, there have been seismic silences.... More Info

Northern Ireland

May 21, 2013 | 320 pages
Looks at challenges in Northern Ireland from the late 1960s to the present day and explains why, a decade and a half after the peace process ended in political agreement in 1998, sectarian attitudes and violence continue to plague Northern Ireland today.  More Info

What's Left of the Left

Duke University Press Books | August 3, 2011 | 424 pages
Assesses the record of American and European social democratic governance, and the response of the center-left, providing both analysis and policy suggestions.  More Info

The Legacy of Tiananmen Square

April 23, 2013 | 320 pages
With the loosening of restrictions on the Chinese economy in the 1980s and 1990s and the rise of the middle class, many observers thought that Western-style democracy would soon follow. Instead, China has adopted its own version, with a market-driven economy where actions that might call into... More Info

Evil Men

May 6, 2013 | 248 pages
Presented with accounts of genocide and torture, we ask how people could bring themselves to commit such horrendous acts. A searching meditation on our all-too-human capacity for inhumanity, Evil Men confronts atrocity head-on—how it looks and feels, what motivates it, how it can be stopped.... More Info

Drone Warfare

Verso Books | April 9, 2013 | 224 pages
Drone Warfare is the first comprehensive analysis of one of the fastestgrowing—and most secretive—fronts in global war: the rise of robot warfare. In 2000, the Pentagon had fewer than fifty aerial drones; ten years later, it had nearly 7,500. Drones are already a $5 billion business in the US... More Info

The Best of Social Anarchism

April 1, 2013 | 350 pages
Since 1980, Social Anarchism: A Journal of Theory and Practice has become the premier English-language anarchist periodical and this seminal anthology showcases the finest pieces. Focused equally on both theoretical works and descriptions of contemporary practice, contributions are reviewed by an... More Info

Doing Bad by Doing Good

Stanford Economics & Finance | May 15, 2013 | 256 pages
In 2010, Haiti was ravaged by a brutal earthquake that affected the lives of millions. The call to assist those in need was heard around the globe. Yet two years later humanitarian efforts led by governments and NGOs have largely failed. Resources are not reaching the needy due to bureaucratic red... More Info

Changing Venezuela by taking power

Verso Books | August 18, 2019 | 312 pages
An evaluation of the potential benefits and consequences of the Ch vez government cites the debates among Western administrations used to Venezuela's previous regime, in an in-depth study that evaluates the new government's progressive constitution and vulnerability to past issues. Simultaneous.  More Info

Buying Into Fair Trade

April 15, 2013 | 192 pages
Stamped on products from coffee to handicrafts, the term “fair trade” has quickly become one of today’s most seductive consumer buzzwords. Purportedly created through fair labor practices, or in ways that are environmentally sustainable, fair-trade products give buyers peace of mind in... More Info

New & Old Wars

October 17, 2012 | 268 pages
Mary Kaldor's New and Old Wars has fundamentally changed the way both scholars and policy-makers understand contemporary war and conflict. In the context of globalization, this path-breaking book has shown that what we think of as war—that is to say, war between states in which the aim is to... More Info

Birth in the Age of AIDS

April 3, 2013 | 312 pages
Birth in the Age of AIDS is a vivid and poignant portrayal of the experiences and struggles of HIV-positive women in India during pregnancy, birth, and motherhood at the beginning of the 21st century.  More Info

Moving Matters

Stanford University Press | January 9, 2013 | 208 pages
Moving Matters is a richly nuanced portrait of the serial migrant: a person who has lived in several countries, calling each one at some point "home." The stories told here are both extraordinary and increasingly common. Serial migrants rarely travel freely—they must negotiate a world of... More Info

More Than They Bargained For

March 22, 2013 | 350 pages
When Wisconsin became the first state in the nation in 1959 to let public employees bargain with their employers, the legislation catalyzed changes to labor laws across the country. In March 2011, when newly elected governor Scott Walker repealed most of that labor law and subsequent ones—and... More Info

Darwin Deleted

University of Chicago Press | March 22, 2013 | 328 pages
The ideas and terminology of Darwinism are so pervasive these days that it seems impossible to avoid them, let alone imagine a world without them. But in this remarkable rethinking of scientific history, Peter J. Bowler does just that. He asks: What if Charles Darwin had not returned from the... More Info

Rebel Cities

Verso Books | April 9, 2013 | 208 pages
Rousing manifesto on the city and the commons from the acclaimed theorist  More Info


Simon & Schuster | April 9, 2013 | 240 pages
For nearly four years, Cass R. Sunstein, bestselling author and President Obama’s “Regulatory Czar,” helped to oversee a revolution in better government. He explains how and why—and what comes next. The future of government arrived four years ago. Government became simpler, it became... More Info

Factories of Knowledge, Industries of Creativity

Semiotext | March 22, 2013 | 168 pages
What was once the factory is now the university. As deindustrialization spreads andthe working class is decentralized, new means of social resistance and political activism need to besought in what may be the last places where they are possible: the university and the art world.Gerald Raunig's new... More Info

The Promise of Democracy

Suny Press | January 2, 2011 | 254 pages
A new ethical concept of democracy as the cultivation and practice of civic virtues in a pluralistic setting is presented in this thoughtful and wide-ranging study. Drawing upon such figures as Aristotle, Montesquieu, Hegel, Dewey, Heidegger, Arendt, and Lefort, Fred Dallmayr emphasizes the need... More Info

Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital

Verso Books | March 12, 2013 | 256 pages
Postcolonial theory has become enormously influential as a framework for understanding the Global South. It is also a school of thought popular because of its rejection of the supposedly universalizing categories of the Enlightenment. In this devastating critique, mounted on behalf of the radical... More Info

Mafias on the Move

Princeton University Press | February 24, 2013 | 288 pages
Organized crime is spreading like a global virus as mobs take advantage of open borders to establish local franchises at will. That at least is the fear, inspired by stories of Russian mobsters in New York, Chinese triads in London, and Italian mafias throughout the West. As Federico Varese... More Info

On the Muslim Question

Princeton University Press | February 24, 2013 | 272 pages
In the post-9/11 West, there is no shortage of strident voices telling us that Islam is a threat to the security, values, way of life, and even existence of the United States and Europe. For better or worse, "the Muslim question" has become the great question of our time. It is a question bound up... More Info

Demanding Democracy

Princeton University Press | January 24, 2010 | 256 pages
This is a major work of history and political theory that traces radical democratic thought in America across the twentieth century, seeking to recover ideas that could reenergize democratic activism today. The question of how citizens should behave as they struggle to create a more democratic... More Info

Reforming Democracies

January 27, 2013 | 177 pages
Even well-established democracies need reform, and any successful effort to reform democracies must look beyond conventional institutions -- elections, political parties, special interests, legislatures and their relations with chief executives -- to do so. Expanding a traditional vision of the... More Info

Bonded Labor

November 4, 2012 | 314 pages
Focusing on the pervasive, deeply entrenched, and wholly unjust system of bonded labor, Kara delves into this ancient and ever-evolving mode of slavery, which ensnares roughly six out of every ten slaves in the world. He provides a thorough economic, historical, and legal overview of bonded labor,... More Info

Hugo Chavez and the Bolivarian Revolution

Verso Books | July 5, 2011 | 368 pages
Looks at the plans and programs of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, as well as the challenges that lie ahead. By the author of Cuba: A New History. Original.  More Info

No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy, 2nd Edition

March 29, 2010 | 144 pages
In this updated edition of the No-Nonsense Guide to Democracy, Richard Swift explores how democracy has been constricted and deformed by economic power-brokers and a self-serving political class from Birmingham to Bangalore. The book includes chapter-length discussions of topics such as the... More Info

The No-Nonsense Guide to Global Terrorism

September 15, 2008 | 144 pages
Terrorism and counter-terrorism have become key points in political talk and government policy. This No-Nonsense Guidehas been revised and updated to take account of the major changes in global terrorism over the past seven years. Jonathan Barker presents a highly accessible history of terrorism... More Info

The People's Apocalypse

Microcosm Pub | May 1, 2013 | 256 pages
Everything from Christian fundamentalist rapture predictions to environmentalist utopian visions is included in this unique collection of writings about the end of the world. This anthology features luminaries such as Derrick Jensen and Tomas Moniz as well as emerging writers. It also provides... More Info

Murdoch's Politics

Pluto Press | April 2, 2013 | 320 pages
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The Guantánamo files

Pluto Pr | August 18, 2019 | 338 pages
In 2006, four years after Guantanamo Bay prison opened, the Pentagon finally released the names of the 773 men held there,along with 7,000 pages of transcripts from tribunals assessing their status as "enemy combatants". Andy Worthington is the only person to have analyzed every page of these... More Info


Pan Macmillan Adult | June 1, 2012 | 456 pages
‘A gripping read as well as an important one.’ Rana Mitter, Guardian In October 1839, Britain entered the first Opium War with China. Its brutality notwithstanding, the conflict was also threaded with tragicomedy: with Victorian hypocrisy, bureaucratic fumblings, military missteps, political... More Info


July 1, 2012 | 304 pages
For more than 50 years, Burma has been ruled by a succession of military regimes which rank among the most oppressive dictatorships in the world. Accused of crimes against humanity, they have brutally mistreated their people. Yet in the last couple of years, and in spite of sham elections, the pace... More Info

The Poorer Nations

Verso | February 12, 2013 | 304 pages
A truly global history that examines the prospects of a worldwide power shift from North to South. In The Darker Nations, Vijay Prashad provided an intellectual history of the Third World and told the story of the rise and fall of the Non-Aligned Movement. With The Poorer Nations, Prashad takes up... More Info