Books published by Pluto Pr


The ABCs of Political Economy - Second Edition

Pluto Press | February 20, 2015 | 320 pages
This revised edition of ABCs is a lively and accessible introduction to modern political economy. Informed by the work of Marx, Veblen, Kalecki, Robinson, Minsky and other great political economists, Robin Hahnel provides the essential tools needed to understand economic issues today. Dispelling... More Info

Blaming the Victim

Pluto Press | December 20, 2014 | 240 pages
Poverty, it seems, is a constant in today's news, usually the result of famine, exclusion or conflict. In Blaming the Victim, Jairo Lugo-Ocando sets out to deconstruct and reconsider the variety of ways in which the global news media misrepresent and decontextualise the causes and consequences of... More Info

Constructed Situations

Pluto Press | October 23, 2014 | 240 pages
The Situationist International has been an inspiration for generations of revolutionary activists and artists. This is no less the case today, with new waves of anti-capitalist protest deploying political strategies of aesthetic disruption pioneered by the Situationists. But how are we to... More Info

Polarizing Development

Pluto Press | November 21, 2014 | 280 pages
The global economic crisis has exposed the limits of neoliberalism and intensified social polarization. Amid increasing social resistance and opposition, however, neoliberalism prevails globally. Within political economic debates, however, radical alternatives are rarely debated or are reduced to... More Info

Zionism and its Discontents

Pluto Press | October 23, 2014 | 248 pages
Mainstream nationalist narratives and political movements have dominated the Israeli-Palestinian situation for too long. In this much-needed book, Ran Greenstein challenges this hegemony by focusing on four different, but at the same time connected, attempts which stood up to Zionist dominance and... More Info

Bruno Latour

Pluto Press | October 23, 2014 | 248 pages
Bruno Latour, the French sociologist, anthropologist and long-established superstar in the social sciences is revisited in this pioneering account of his ever-evolving political philosophy. Breaking from the traditional focus on his metaphysics, most recently seen in Harman's book Prince of... More Info

From coexistence to conquest

Pluto Pr | June 1, 2009 | 416 pages
The Palestine-Israel conflict often raises questions about international law, related to both Israel's legitimacy and violent Palestinian resistance to occupation. This book is the first of its kind to study the international legal methods used to create Israel, shedding light on the conflict as it... More Info

Elite Transition

Pluto Press | September 20, 2014 | 368 pages
Released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the end of Apartheid in South Africa, this is a fully revised and updated edition of a best-selling work of political analysis. Patrick Bond, a former adviser to the African National Congress (ANC), investigates how groups such as the ANC went from... More Info

Captive Revolution

Pluto Press | August 20, 2014 | 240 pages
Women throughout the world have always played their part in struggles against colonialism, imperialism and other forms of oppression. However, there are hardly any academic books on Arab political prisoners, fewer still on the Palestinians who have been detained in their thousands for their... More Info

Articulating Dissent

Pluto Press | July 24, 2014 | 248 pages
Articulating Dissent analyses the new communicative strategies of coalition protest movements and how these impact on a mainstream media unaccustomed to fractured articulations of dissent. Pollyanna Ruiz shows how coalition protest movements against austerity, war and globalisation build upon the... More Info

Hugo Chavez

Pluto Press (UK) | February 20, 2014 | 184 pages
When Hugo Chavez, then President of Venezuela, died in 2013, millions across the globe mourned. In an age where most politicians inspire only apathy and cynicism, Chavez's popularity, radicalism and vibrant personality were truly unique. Released one year after Chavez's unexpected death, this... More Info

An Israeli in Palestine

Pluto Pr | July 15, 2010 | 338 pages
Israeli anthropologist and activist Jeff Halper throws a harsh light on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the point of view of a critical insider.  More Info

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

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

Sylvia Pankhurst

Pluto Press | September 3, 2013 | 176 pages
Sylvia Pankhurst dedicated her life to fighting oppression and injustice. In this vivid biography Katherine Connelly charts Pankhurst's activism from her teens as a member of the Independent Labour Party, to her time as a leading suffragette before the First World War, through to her revolutionary... More Info

Salvador Allende

Pluto Press | August 13, 2013 | 176 pages
This is a political biography of one of the 20th Century's most emblematic left-wing figures - Salvador Allende, who was president of Chile until he was ousted by General Pinochet in a US-supported coup in 1973. Victor Figueroa Clark guides us through Allende's life and political project, answering... More Info

Final Solutions

Pluto Press | October 20, 2013 | 224 pages
Final Solutions offers a ground-breaking and genuinely unique analysis of modern genocide. Sabby Sagall draws on the insights of the Frankfurt school and Wilhelm Reich to create an innovative combination of Marxism and psychoanalysis. He argues that genocide is a product of an "irrational"... More Info

The Threat of Liberation

Pluto Press | September 24, 2013 | 168 pages
The Threat of Liberation focuses on the tumultuous years of the Cold War, when, in a striking parallel with today, imperialist powers were seeking to institute 'regime change' and install pliant governments. Using iconic photographs, declassified US and British documents, and in-depth interviews,... More Info

The Poverty of Capitalism

Pluto Press | October 22, 2013 | 224 pages
Capitalist growth is widely heralded as the only answer to the crisis still sweeping the global economy. Yet the era of corporate globalization has been defined by unprecedented levels of inequality and environmental degradation. A return to capitalist growth threatens to exacerbate these problems,... 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

The Cancer Stage of Capitalism

Pluto Press | April 1, 1999 | 312 pages
In this classic work on the recent uncontrolled spread of global capitalism, Professor John McMurtry develops the model of a carcinogenic invasion of social and natural life and the social-immune response it demands.  More Info

To Live and Die in America

Pluto Press | February 12, 2013 | 200 pages
To Live and Die in America details how the United States has among the worst indicators of health in the industrialized world and at the same time spends significantly more on its health care system than any other industrial nation. Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson explain this contradictory... More Info

Nature for Sale

Pluto Press | June 4, 2013 | 152 pages
Nature for Sale uncovers the rich heritage of common ownership which existed before the dominance of capitalist property relations. Giovanna Ricoveri argues that the subsistence commons of the past can be reinvented today to provide an alternative to the current destructive economic order. Ricoveri... 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

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

A Marxist History of the World

Pluto Press (UK) | April 9, 2013 | 360 pages
This magisterial analysis of human history - from "Lucy," the first hominid, to the Great Recession of 2008 - combines the insights of earlier generations of Marxist historians with radical new ideas about the historical process.Reading history against the grain, Neil Faulkner reveals that what... More Info

The Financial Crisis and the Global South

Pluto Press | April 23, 2013 | 208 pages
This book is a major contribution exploring the policy options available for Developing and Emerging Economies in response to the global economic crises.Written by a highly respected development economist, the book gives a clear-eyed account of the issues particular to these countries and... More Info


Pluto Press | May 7, 2013 | 176 pages
Biohackers explores fundamental changes occurring in the circulation and ownership of scientific information. Alessandro Delfanti argues that the combination of the ethos of 20th century science, the hacker movement and the free software movement is producing an open science culture which redefines... 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

Contesting Publics

Pluto Press | February 5, 2013 | 200 pages
Through ethnographic cases and activists' narratives, Contesting Publics analyses the challenges feminists face as they seek to engage with new spaces of participatory democracy in Latin America.Lynne Phillips and Sally Cole analyze how new silences, exclusions and re-inscriptions of inequalities... 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

Generation Palestine

Pluto Press | March 12, 2013 | 240 pages
The unique model of apartheid, colonization, and military occupation that Israel imposes on the Palestinians, along with myriad violations of international law, have made Palestine the moral cause of a generation. Yet many people continue to ask, "what can we do?"Generation Palestine helps to... More Info

The Global Hunger Crisis

Pluto Press (UK) | March 5, 2013 | 272 pages
Millions across the world face the daily challenge to find enough food to survive. Hunger is on the rise globally with more than 1.2 billion people suffering from food insecurity. Rising prices are further restricting food access.In this deeply informative study, Majda Bne Saad identifies the... More Info

The Dying Sahara

Pluto Press | March 26, 2013 | 288 pages
In The Dark Sahara ( Pluto Press, 2009), Jeremy Keenan exposed the collusion between the U.S. and Algeria in fabricating false flag terrorism to justify the launch of a new Saharan front in Washington's War on Terror. In this new book, he reveals how the Pentagon's designation of the region as a... More Info

It's the Political Economy, Stupid

Pluto Press | February 19, 2013 | 192 pages
It's the Political Economy, Stupid brings together internationally acclaimed artists and thinkers, including Slavoj Žižek, David Graeber, Judith Butler and Brian Holmes, to focus on the current economic crisis in a sustained and critical manner.Following a unique format, images and text are... More Info

Murdoch's Politics

Pluto Press | April 2, 2013 | 320 pages
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How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women

Pluto Press | February 12, 2013 | 240 pages
How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women looks at the remarkable impact of war on women in Britain. It shows how conflict has changed women's lives and how those changes have put women at the center of peace campaigning. Lindsey German, one of the UK's leading anti-war activists and... More Info

Geopolitical Economy

Pluto Press | February 19, 2013 | 240 pages
Geopolitical Economy challenges two key concepts in international relations theory – "globalization" and "empire." Drawing on global traditions of contestation and dissent from below, Radhika Desai argues that these concepts have obscured our understanding of the evolution and dynamics of the... More Info

The Guantánamo files

Pluto Pr | April 1, 2015 | 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

Change the world without taking power

Pluto Pr | October 15, 2010 | 296 pages
This new edition of John Holloway's contemporary classic, Change the World Without Taking Powerincludes an extensive new preface by the author. The wave of political demonstrations since the Battle of Seattle in 2001 have crystallised a new trend in left-wing politics. Modern protest movements are... More Info

Arms and the People

Pluto Press | December 24, 2012 | 272 pages
Looking at a range of global historical experiences, Arms and the People examines the relationship between mass movements and military institutions. Some argue that it is impossible to achieve and protect a revolution without the support of the army, but how can the support of the army be won?Arms... More Info

Cruel Harvest

Pluto Press | December 24, 2012 | 192 pages
Mainstream commentators claim that the Taliban are the main culprits behind Afghanistan's skyrocketing drug trade and that the US military is waging a war on drugs in Afghanistan to weaken the insurgency and keep our streets free of heroin. Cruel Harvest lifts the lid on the reality behind the... 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

The new Latin American left

Pluto Press | April 1, 2015 | 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

Leila Khaled

Pluto Press (UK) | May 22, 2012 | 176 pages
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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