Jason Burke is one of the world’s leading experts on militant Islam. He embedded with the Kurdish peshmerga (currently at war with ISIS) while still in college. He was hanging out with the Taliban in the late 1990s. He witnessed the bombing of Tora Bora in Afghanistan in 2001 firsthand.
In small-town suburban Australia, three young men from three different ethnic backgrounds--one Samoan, one Macedonian, one not sure--are ready to make their mark. Solomon is all charisma, authority, and charm, a failed basketball player down for the moment but surely not out. His half-brother,... More Info
"Same-sex marriage, #BlackLivesMatter, the Dream Act, the People's Climate March, End the New Jim Crow, Occupy Wall Street-these are just a few of the initiatives that have taken flight in the past decade, the most fertile and productive era of activism and reform this country has seen since the... More Info
A labor lawyer and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist argues that, even as organized labor seems to be crumbling in the United States, a revived—but different—labor movement is now more relevant than ever in America's increasingly unequal society. 12,500 first printing.
A lively and accessible debunking of the two elements that make economics the 'science' of the rich: the definition of what is efficient and the theory of how wages are determined. The first is used to justify the cruellest policies, the second to justify grand larceny. Filled with lively examples,... More Info
The fact that the global economy is broken may be widely accepted, but what precisely needs to be fixed has become the subject of enormous controversy. In 2008, the President of the United Nations General Assembly convened an international panel, chaired by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph... More Info
We think we know everything about our smartphones. We use them constantly. We depend on them for every conceivable purpose. We are familiar with every inch of their compact frames. But there is more to the smartphone than meets the eye. How have smartphones shaped the way we socialize and interact?... More Info
Argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education and public benefits create a permanent under-caste based largely on race. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake large enough to knock the earth from its axis sent a massive tsunami speeding toward the Japanese coast and the aging and vulnerable Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power reactors. Over the following weeks, the world watched in horror as a natural disaster became a... More Info
In a collection of spiritual and political reflections, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple offers a voice of serenity, clarity, and insight in an all too chaotic modern world as she shares her thoughts on freedom, environmental awareness, compassion, and peace, both within... More Info
An updated history of the human rights movement draws on a variety of disciplines to explain how the international community is gaining a greater capacity to advocate for people whose lives have been wasted by war, genocide, and torture, in an account that includes in the latest edition additional... More Info
An alternative history of the Cold War from the perspective of impoverished Third-World people includes coverage of such topics as the 1927 Brussels conclave of the League Against Imperialism and the launch of the Third World project during the 1955 conference in Indonesia. Reprint.
"Sportscaster Howard Cosell dubbed it "rule number one of the jockocracy": sports and politics just don't mix. But in Game Over, celebrated alt-sportswriter Dave Zirin proves once and for all that politics has breached the modern sports arena with a vengeance.
A portrait of the life and achievements of the celebrated progressive activist, author and teacher draws on exclusive access to his family archives to commemorate his roles as an anti-war veteran, an iconic contributor to the Civil Rights movement and dedicated white professor at a historically... More Info
Looks at the status of immigration in the world's most affluent region, examining issues and the human cost of an immigration crisis across Europe in which tens of thousands of migrants have died.
In A People's History of the U.S. Military, historian Michael A. Bellesiles draws from three centuries of soldiers' personal encounters with combat?through fascinating excerpts from letters, diaries, and memoirs, as well as audio recordings, film, and blogs?to capture the essence of the American... More Info
A Nobel Peace Prize nominee presents a compelling argument citing the costs and consequences of nuclear energy, challenging popular opinions that nuclear energy is inexpensive and does not contribute to pollution, in an account that covers such topics as the limited world supply of uranium, the... More Info
Ordered by his editor to write a crime novel to reignite his stalled career, poet Jesper Humlin reluctantly travels to Gothenburg, where three unlikely pupils of an impromptu writing workshop draw him into their culturally driven, compelling worlds. By the award-winning author of the Kurt Wallander... More Info
In less than a decade, a new breed of networked progressive media—from Brave New Films to Talking Points Memo to Feministing and beyond—have informed and engaged millions. By harnessing a participatory media environment, they have succeeded in influencing political campaigns, public debates,... More Info
Examines the use of nuclear energy; explores transitioning to renewable energy; and raises awareness about other planetary issues, from deforestation and sea-level rise to nuclear arms and the potential effects of cell phone use.
"It's a statistic that's sure to surprise: close to 45 percent of postsecondary students in the United States today do not enroll in college directly out of high school and many attend part-time. Following a tradition of self-improvement as old as the Republic, the "nontraditional" college student... More Info
Schrecker, the leading historian of the McCarthy-era witch hunts, examines both the key fronts in the present battles over higher ed, and their historical parallels in previous eras – offering a deeply-researched chronicle of the challenges to academic freedom, set against the rapidly changing... More Info
As award-winning educator Lisa Delpit reminds us?and as all research shows?there is no achievement gap at birth. In her long-awaited second book, Delpit presents a striking picture of the elements of contemporary public education that conspire against the prospects for poor children of color,... More Info
What do Whoopi Goldberg, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rosie Perez, and Phylicia Rashad have in common? A transformative encounter with the arts during their school years. Whether attending a play for the first time, playing in the school orchestra, painting a mural under the direction of an art... More Info