Books published by Verso

Direct Action

Verso | January 3, 2017 | 256 pages
A vibrant, groundbreaking history of American radicalism since the Sixties What happened to the American left after the Sixties? This engrossing account traces the evolution of disruptive protest over the last 40 years to tell a larger story about the reshaping of American radicalism, showing how... More Info

In the Long Run We're All Dead

Verso | January 24, 2017 | 432 pages
A groundbreaking debunking of moderate attempts to resolve financial crises In the ruins of the 2007 2008 financial crisis, self-proclaimed progressives the world over clamoured to resurrect the economic theory of John Maynard Keynes. The crisis seemed to expose the disaster of small-state,... More Info

Liberals and Cannibals

Verso | January 10, 2017 | 184 pages
With debates on the meaning of 'liberal society' more heated than ever, this is a timely re-issue of a classic text Can the tension between relativism and the moral universalism current in contemporary politics be resolved within the framework of liberalism? How is liberal society to interpret the... More Info

The Myths of Liberal Zionism

Verso | January 17, 2017 | 192 pages
Yitzhak Laor is one of Israel's most prominent dissidents and poets, a latter-day Spinoza who helps keep alive the critical tradition within Jewish culture. In this work he fearlessly dissects the complex attitudes of Western European liberal Left intellectuals toward Israel, Zionism and the... More Info

A People's History of the French Revolution

Verso | January 31, 2017 | 368 pages
The assault on the Bastille, the Reign of Terror, Danton mocking his executioner, Robespierre dispensing a fearful justice, and the archetypal gadfly Marat - the events and figures of the French Revolution have exercised a hold on the historical imagination for more than 200 years. It has been a... More Info

Late Victorian Holocausts

Verso | January 17, 2017 | 480 pages
Bestselling, magisterial melding of global environmental history and global political history Examining a series of El Niño-induced droughts and the famines that they spawned around the globe in the last third of the 19th century, Mike Davis discloses the intimate, baleful relationship between... More Info

A Seventh Man

Verso Books | April 24, 2017 | 240 pages
A classic study of migrant workers includes stunning black-and-white photos that bring the plight of this often-overlooked group to light. By the author of Ways of Seeing. Reissue.  More Info

Fear of Mirrors

Verso | November 29, 2016 | 256 pages
A brilliant family saga stretching from the Russian Revolution to the collapse of the Soviet Union For some East Germans, the fall of communism was like the end of a long and painful love affair: free to tell the truth at last, they found they no longer wanted to hear it. The nation may be... More Info

Essence of Nihilism

Verso | October 11, 2016 | 384 pages
A groundbreaking classic of contemporary philosophy for the first time in English translation Between 1961 and 1970, Emanuele Severino was subjected to a thorough investigation by the Vatican Inquisition. The "fundamental incompatibility" identified between his thought and Christian doctrine... More Info

How Will Capitalism End?

Verso | November 8, 2016 | 272 pages
The provocative political thinker asks if it will be with a bang or a whimper In How Will Capitalism End? the acclaimed analyst of contemporary politics and economics Wolfgang Streeck argues that capitalism is now in a critical condition. Growth is giving way to secular stagnation; inequality is... More Info

Grand Hotel Abyss

Verso | September 20, 2016 | 448 pages
"Grand Hotel Abyss investigates the lives and afterlives of the critical theorists who formed the Frankfurt School"--  More Info

The Verso Book of Dissent

Verso | September 6, 2016 | 384 pages
Throughout the ages and across every continent, people have struggled against those in power and raised their voices in protest—rallying others around them and inspiring uprisings in eras yet to come. Their echoes reverberate from Ancient Greece, China and Egypt, via the dissident poets and... More Info

Inventing the Future

Verso | October 4, 2016 | 256 pages
A major new manifesto for a high-tech future free from work Neoliberalism isn't working. Austerity is forcing millions into poverty and many more into precarious work, while the left remains trapped in stagnant political practices that offer no respite. Inventing the Future is a bold new manifest0... More Info

Violent Borders

Verso | October 11, 2016 | 224 pages
A major new exploration of the refugee crisis, focusing on how borders are policed Forty thousand people died trying to cross international borders in the past decade, with the high-profile deaths along the shores of Europe only accounting for half of the grisly total. In Violent Borders, Reece... More Info

A Civilian Occupation

Verso | April 24, 2017 | 191 pages
Bringing together essays and photographs by leading Israeli practitioners, and complemented by maps, plans and statistical data, A Civilian Occupation explores the processes and repercussions of Israeli planning and its underlying ideology. It demonstrates how, over the last century, planning and... More Info

Red Rosa

Verso Books | November 3, 2015 | 224 pages
A graphic novel of the dramatic life and death of German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg A giant of the political left, Rosa Luxemburg is one of the foremost minds in the canon of revolutionary socialist thought. To Marx's biographer Franz Mehring, no one came as close to the towering intellect of... More Info

Politics in a Time of Crisis

Verso Books | October 27, 2015 | 256 pages
A manifesto for a new, democratic left: a political programme poised to transform Europe Since 2011, Pablo Iglesias has led Podemos, a new radical left party in Spain that is reframing the nature of modern politics. Under his guidance, the party has unmasked the ideological motives behind European... More Info

A History of Violence

Verso Books | February 26, 2016 | 288 pages
A revelatory, intimate, and heartbreaking immersion into the lives of people enduring extreme violence in Central America.  More Info


Verso | May 2, 2012 | 320 pages
Bestselling investigation into the myth and reality of working-class life in contemporary Britain.  More Info

Fossil Capital

Verso | October 20, 2015 | 496 pages
How capitalism became caught up in the carbon-burning trap.  More Info

Under Three Flags

Verso Books | April 24, 2017 | 255 pages
The origins of nationalism and anti-globalization are traced by the bestselling author of Imagined Communities.  More Info

The Pristine Culture of Capitalism

Verso Books | November 3, 2015 | 212 pages
Capitalism was born in England, yet the dominant Western conceptions of modernity have come from elsewhere, notably from France, the historical model of “bourgeois” society. In this lively and wide-ranging book, Ellen Meiksins Wood argues that what is supposed to have epitomized bourgeois... More Info

Redistribution Or Recognition?

Verso | April 24, 2017 | 276 pages
'Recognition' has become a keyword of our time, but its relation to economic 'redistribution' remains unclear. This volume stages a debate between two philosophers, one North American, the other German, who hold different views of the relation of redistribution to recognition. Axel Honneth... More Info

Classroom Wars

Verso Books | September 8, 2015 | 192 pages
What is at stake when some American children go to school hungry and others go to school in $1,000 Bugaboo strollers?Class War argues that under free market capitalism, life paths prescribed by class but framed as parental choices—public or private? Gifted & Talented, general or special... More Info

Against the Troika

Verso Books | September 1, 2015 | 144 pages
On the 25th January 2015 the Greek people voted in an election of historic importance--not just for Greece but potentially all of Europe. The radical party Syriza was elected and austerity and the neoliberal agenda is being challenged. Suddenly it seems as if there is an alternative. But what? The... More Info

The Wikileaks Files

Verso Books | June 2, 2015 | 448 pages
Published in collaboration with WikiLeaks: What Cablegate tells us about US foreign policy When WikiLeaks first came to prominence in 2010 by releasing 2,325,961 top-secret State Department cables, the world saw for the first time what the US really thought about national leaders, friendly... More Info

Noise Uprising

Verso Books | May 1, 2015 | 320 pages
In a handful of years between the development of electrical recording in 1925 and the outset of the Great Depression in the early 1930s, the soundscape of modern music unfolded in a series of relatively unnoticed recording sessions around the world. These included the recording of tango in Buenos... More Info

A Colossal Wreck

Verso | April 24, 2017 | 586 pages
An award-winning final book by the late founding editor of CounterPunch offers insight into his literary spirit and capacity for incisive understandings of key political situations and includes pieces on Washington political inconsistencies, the ego displays of people in power and the dilemmas of... More Info

The Revenge of History: The Battle for the 21st Century

Verso Books | November 16, 2012 | 298 pages
From the outset, Seumas Milne's Guardian essays on the West's war on terror provoked angry denunciations on both sides of the Atlantic. A decade on, the advocates of violent capitalism have been silenced. From class to religion, Blair to Obama, Palestine to Pakistan, bank bailouts to the Arab... More Info

The Communist Manifesto

Verso | April 24, 1998 | 87 pages
The political tract in which Marx presented the core of his philosophy and revolutionary program, with an introduction analyzing its significance to the realities of today and to Marx's own times  More Info

The Making of Global Capitalism

Verso Books | August 6, 2013 | 470 pages
A study of the development of postwar global capitalism focuses on the American state to argue that its distinctiveness lies in an ability to distinguish its own capital interest and restructure other states to spread resilient capitalist social relations, examining recent economic crises and... More Info

The Ancients and the Postmoderns

Verso Books | March 1, 2015 | 304 pages
In his new masterpiece of cultural analysis, Fredric Jameson offers an idiosyncratic examination of what might be called a provisional or disposable canon - what aesthetic history might look at as we enter an age of the immediate and of the unimaginable overpopulation of art and culture.  More Info

War and Revolution

Verso Books | February 3, 2015 | 256 pages
War and Revolution identifies and takes to task a reactionary trend among contemporary historians, one that's grown increasingly apparent in recent years. It's a revisionist tendency discernible in the work of authors such as Ernst Nolte, who traces the impetus behind the Holocaust to the excesses... More Info


Verso Books | February 3, 2015 | 224 pages
What is the relationship between capitalism and mental health? In his most unsettling book to date, Franco "Bifo" Berardi embarks on an exhilarating journey through philosophy, psychoanalysis and current events, searching for the social roots of the mental malaise of our age.  More Info

Woman's Consciousness, Man's World

Verso | January 1, 2015 | 144 pages
A groundbreaking contribution to debates on women's oppression and consciousness, and the connections between socialism and feminism. Examining feminist consciousness from various vantage points – social, sexual, cultural and economic – Sheila Rowbotham identifies the social conditions under... More Info

Women's Estate

Verso Books | January 1, 2015 | 192 pages
Combining the energy of the early seventies feminist liberation movement, with the perceptive analyses of the trained theorist, Woman's Estate is one of the most influential socialist feminist statements of its time. Scrutinizing the political background of the movement, its sources and its common... More Info

The Anti-Social Family

Verso Books | January 1, 2015 | 174 pages
Although family values are frequently lamented for being in decline, our society continues to be structured around the nuclear family. The Anti-Social Family dissects the network of household, kinship and sexual relations that constitute the family form in advanced capitalist societies. This... More Info

Straight Sex

Verso | January 1, 2015 | 384 pages
"Once again, Lynne Segal cuts through feminist ambivalence about sex with great intelligence, verve, and courage. "Straight Sex" is not only a masterful analysis of sexuality and gender, but a stunning manifesto of sexual liberation."--Barbara Ehrenreich  More Info

Welcome to the Desert of Post-Communism

Verso Books | January 6, 2015 | 240 pages
This volume offers a profound analysis of post-socialist economic and political transformation in the Balkans, involving deeply unequal societies and oligarchical “democracies.” The contributions deconstruct the persistent imaginary of the Balkans, pervasive among outsiders to the region, who... More Info

The Next Revolution

Verso | January 6, 2015 | 220 pages
Many similarities exist between the new movements against austerity that have emerged since 2011, ranging from Taksim Square in Turkey to the Chilean student protests, and from Greece to NYC. One of them is their return to the principles of direct democracy and their organization around popular... More Info

An Ecology of World Literature

Verso | January 6, 2015 | 320 pages
What constitutes a nation's literature? How do literatures of different countries interact with one another? In this groundbreaking study, Alexander Beecroft develops a new way of thinking about world literature. Drawing on a series of examples and case studies, the book ranges from ancient epic to... More Info

The Prophet

Verso | November 4, 2014 | 1512 pages
Few political figures of the twentieth century have aroused as much controversy as the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. Trotsky's extraordinary life and extensive writings have left an indelible mark on revolutionary conscience, yet there was a danger that his name would disappear from history.... More Info

The Muslims Are Coming

Verso | January 6, 2015 | 256 pages
"Following the killing of Osama bin Laden, polls showed that Americans were more anxious about terrorism than they were before his death. The new front in the War on Terror is the "homegrown enemy," domestic terrorists who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing... More Info

War on Terror, Inc

Verso Books | April 24, 2017 | 262 pages
A critical assessment of the practices of commercial military suppliers who have profited from the War on Terror evaluates the relationships between political decision-makers and wartime commercial ventures, the wartime contributions of private contractors, and the moral issues associated with... More Info

Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis

Verso Books | April 24, 2013 | 248 pages
Charts the history of women’s liberation and calls for a revitalized feminism. Nancy Fraser’s major new book traces the feminist movement’s evolution since the 1970s and anticipates a new—radical and egalitarian—phase of feminist thought and action. During the ferment of the New Left,... More Info


Verso | August 28, 2014 | 392 pages
The product of five years' investigative reporting, the subject of intense national controversy, and the source of death threats that forced the National Human Rights Commission to assign two full-time bodyguards to its author, Anabel Hernández, Narcoland has been a publishing and political... More Info

Profiting Without Producing

Verso | April 24, 2017 | 393 pages
Based on a wealth of empirical data, this timely resource discusses the innovative concept of financialization, defining it in terms of the fundamental conduct of non-financial enterprises, banks and households and discussing it's upsides and downsides. Original.  More Info

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy

Verso | November 4, 2014 | 464 pages
Examines the rise of the global collective of hackers, pranksters and tech activists that make up the group known as “Anonymous” who played large roles in the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street movements.  More Info

The Age of the Poets

Verso | November 4, 2014 | 160 pages
The Age of the Poets revisits the age-old problem of the relation between literature and philosophy, arguing against both Plato and Heidegger's famous arguments. Philosophy neither has to ban the poets from the republic nor abdicate its own powers to the sole benefit of poetry or art. Instead, it... More Info

The Actuality of Communism

Verso | November 1, 2014 | 256 pages
One of the rising stars of contemporary critical theory, Bruno Bosteels discusses the new currents of thought generated by figures such as Alain Badiou, Jacques Rancière and Slavoj ?i?ek, who are spearheading the revival of interest in communism. Bosteels examines this resurgence of communist... More Info