Books published by Verso


Red State Revolt

Verso | June 18, 2019 | 224 pages
"An indispensable window into the changing shape of the American working class and American politics After nearly four decades of labour quiescence, the US was hit by a wave of strikes in early 2018. Educators in Oklahoma, Arizona and beyond walked off their jobs to demand increased school funding... More Info

Revolting Prostitutes

Verso Trade | October 23, 2018 | 288 pages
How the law harms sex workers--and what they want instead Do you have to endorse prostitution in order to support sex worker rights? Should clients be criminalized, and can the police deliver justice? In Revolting Prostitutes, sex workers Juno Mac and Molly Smith bring a fresh perspective to... More Info

The Zad and NoTAV

Verso | January 15, 2018 | 240 pages
Vivid account and reflection on two struggles that are at the heart of the contestation of neoliberal technocracy and the state At a time of ever more accelerated and expanded development of natural and agricultural territory, in the aim of making targeted areas more profitable and controllable,... More Info

Towards a New Manifesto

Verso | March 12, 2019 | 112 pages
Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer wrote the central text of "critical theory", Dialectic of Enlightenment, a measured critique of the Enlightenment reason that, they argued, had resulted in fascism and totalitarianism. Towards a New Manifesto shows the two philosophers in a uniquely spirited and... More Info

The Management of Savagery

Verso | June 18, 2019 | 400 pages
THE MANAGEMENT OF SAVAGERY excavates the real story behind America's dealings with the world and shows how the extremist forces that now threaten peace across the globe are the inevitable flowering of America's imperial designs of a national security state. Washington's secret funding of the... More Info

Philosophy and Revolution

Verso Trade | November 20, 2018 | 480 pages
Throughout the nineteenth century, German philosophy was haunted by the specter of the French Revolution. Kant, Hegel and their followers spent their lives wrestling with its heritage, trying to imagine a specifically German path to modernity: a "revolution without revolution." Trapped in a... More Info

A People's History of Scotland

Verso Trade | September 25, 2018 | 336 pages
A People's History of Scotland looks beyond the kings and queens, the battles and bloody defeats of the past. It captures the history that matters today, stories of freedom fighters, suffragettes, the workers of Red Clydeside, and the hardship and protest of the treacherous Thatcher era. With... More Info

Algiers - Third World Capital

Verso Trade | August 7, 2018 | 240 pages
A fascinating portrait of life with the Black Panthers in Algiers: a story of liberation and radical politics Following the Algerian war for independence and the defeat of France in 1962, Algiers became the liberation capital of the Third World. Here, Elaine Mokhtefi, a young American woman who had... More Info

First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

Verso Trade | June 26, 2018 | 160 pages
The leading philosopher of our time tackles the demise of liberalism, from the tragedy of 9/11 to the farce of the financial meltdown. Billions of dollars were hastily poured into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilization. So why has it not been possible to bring the... More Info

The Communist Horizon

Verso Trade | July 10, 2018 | 256 pages
In this new title in Verso's Pocket Communism series, Jodi Dean unshackles the communist ideal from the failures of the Soviet Union. In an age when the malfeasance of international banking has alerted exploited populations the world over to the unsustainability of an economic system predicated on... More Info


Verso | May 1, 2018 | 384 pages
Award-winning author China Mi�ville plunges us into the year the world was turned upside down On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, China Mi�ville tells the extraordinary story of this pivotal moment in history. In February of 1917 Russia was a backwards, autocratic monarchy, mired in an... More Info

Climate Leviathan

Verso | February 13, 2018 | 224 pages
How climate change will affect our political theory--for better and worse Despite all the science and summits, leading capitalist states have not managed to mitigate anything close to an adequate level of carbon emissions. There is no way the world will warm less than the critical 2C threshold.... More Info

Tear Gas

Verso | May 17, 2016 | 176 pages
Chemical weapons are banned from war zones. But today, tear gas has become the most commonly used form of "less-lethal" police force. In 2011, the year that protests exploded from the Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, tear gas sales tripled. The majority of tear gas is producted in the United... More Info

Damming the Flood

Verso Books | June 18, 2019 | 474 pages
In a book updated with a new afterword that covers the international response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the author of Absolutely Postcolonial analyzes the American and French role in the violent overthrow of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004. Reprint.  More Info

How Will Capitalism End?

Verso | November 14, 2017 | 272 pages
The provocative political thinker asks if it will be with a bang or a whimper After years of ill health, capitalism is now in a critical condition. Growth has given way to stagnation; inequality is leading to instability; and confidence in the money economy has all but evaporated. In How Will... More Info

Out of the Wreckage

Verso | June 18, 2019 | 214 pages
A toxic ideology of extreme competition and individualism has come to dominate our world. It misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. Only a positive vision can replace it, a new story that re-engages people in politics and lights a path to a better future.  More Info

Lenin 2017

Verso | July 11, 2017 |
One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, i[ek shows why Lenin s thought is still important today Lenin s originality and importance as a revolutionary leader is most often associated with the seizure of power in 1917. But, i[ek argues in this new study and collection of original texts, Lenin... More Info


Verso | July 4, 2017 | 224 pages
A radical call for solidarity between humans and non-humans What is it that makes humans human? As science and technology challenge the boundaries between life and non-life, between organic and inorganic, this ancient question is more timely than ever. Acclaimed Object-Oriented philosopher Timothy... More Info

Thomas Piketty's 'Capital in the Twenty First Century'

Verso | January 24, 2017 | 112 pages
An introduction to Thomas Piketty's monumental work US Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman described Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century as "perhaps the most important book of the last decade". It has sparked major international debates, dominated bestseller lists and generated a level... More Info

Class, Race and Marxism

Verso | July 4, 2017 | 192 pages
Founder of whiteness studies surveys the race/class relationship Seen as a pioneering figure in the critical study of whiteness, US historian David Roediger has sometimes received criticism, and praise, alleging that he left Marxism behind in order to work on questions of identity. This volume... More Info


Verso | June 6, 2017 | 176 pages
A heartbreaking, full-color graphic novel of the refugee drama In the French port town of Calais, the historic home of the lace industry, a city within a city has arisen. This new town, known as the Jungle, is the home of thousands of refugees, mainly from the Middle East and Africa, all hoping,... More Info

Ten Myths about Israel

Verso | June 18, 2019 | 192 pages
What are the myths--and reality--behind the state of Israel? Ilan Pappe is one of the most outspoken and radical thinkers writing on the history of Israel. In this groundbreaking and controversial book he examines ten of the most contested ideas concerning the origins and identity of the... More Info

Fictitious Capital

Verso | June 13, 2017 | 240 pages
How finance is a mechanism of social and political domination The turbulence of the financial markets is often explained in terms of the immorality of market agents, misguided economic theory or unsuitable regulation. Even when these explanations are not false ones, they leave aside the main... More Info

General Intellects

Verso | May 9, 2017 |
A guide to the thinkers and the ideas that will shape the future What happened to the public intellectuals that used to challenge and inform us? Who is the Sartre or De Beauvoir of the internet age? General Intellects argues that we no longer have such singular figures, but we do have general... More Info

How Did We Get Into This Mess?

Verso | March 7, 2017 | 352 pages
Leading political and environmental commentator on where we have gone wrong, and what to do about it " Without countervailing voices, naming and challenging power, political freedom withers and dies. Without countervailing voices, a better world can never materialise. Without countervailing voices,... More Info

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 | June 18, 2019 | 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 | June 18, 2019 | 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 | June 18, 2019 | 255 pages
The origins of nationalism and anti-globalization are traced by the bestselling author of Imagined Communities.  More Info

Redistribution Or Recognition?

Verso | June 18, 2019 | 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

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

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