Books published by Verso Books


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

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

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

War on Terror, Inc

Verso Books | March 27, 2015 | 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

The Returns of Zionism

Verso Books | March 27, 2015 | 298 pages
Leading Israeli scholar with a major re-evaluation of Zionism.  More Info

Cities Under Siege

Verso Books | November 1, 2011 | 402 pages
A powerful exposé of how political violence operates through the spaces of urban life. Cities are the new battleground of our increasingly urban world. From the slums of the global South to the wealthy financial centers of the West, Cities Under Siege traces the spread of political violence... More Info

Adam Smith in Beijing

Verso Books | January 1, 2009 | 418 pages
Acclaimed exploration of China's emergence as the most dynamic center of current economic expansion.  More Info

The Punishment of Gaza

Verso Books | March 27, 2015 | 148 pages
Israel's 2009 invasion of Gaza was a vicious act of aggression that left well over one thousand Palestinians dead and devastated the infrastructure of an already impoverished enclave. In this searching examination of Israel's policies, award- winning journalist Gideon Levy shows how the ground was... More Info

Politics and the Other Scene

Verso Books | January 2, 2012 | 192 pages
Essays on politics by the pupil of Althusser.  More Info

Frames of War

Verso Books | March 27, 2015 | 193 pages
Explores the media's portrayal of state violence and its influence on how the western world engages in warfare, contending that misleading depictions of oppressed or troubled foreign nations has prompted the rationalization of the deaths of large population groups. Reprint.  More Info

Planet of slums

Verso Books | September 17, 2007 | 228 pages
A celebrated urban historian's bestselling account of the global explosion of slums.  More Info

A People's History of the World: From the Stone Age to the New Millennium

Verso Books | March 27, 2015 | 729 pages
A comprehensive history of human society covers its earliest period through the present, avoiding the typical practice of recounting history from the perspectives of dates and famous people to document how everyday people lived and contributed to societal changes. Original.  More Info

Praised be our lords

Verso Books | March 27, 2007 | 328 pages
The capitvating autobiography of one of France's leading political activists and intellectuals.  More Info

Ruling the Void

Verso Books | May 1, 2009 | 208 pages
Chilling account ofthe end of party democracy, by the leading political scientist  More Info

The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg

Verso Books | August 6, 2013 | 656 pages
Collects 190 letters by a socialist revolutionary and founder of the German Communist Party to those who shared her ideals and to her friends and lovers.  More Info


Verso Books | July 9, 2013 | 228 pages
Passionate defense of“the political” by the author of TheDemocratic Paradox  More Info


Verso Books | July 9, 2013 | 400 pages
A major reinterpretation of Gandhi's life, politics, religion and nation  More Info

Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown

Verso Books | July 9, 2013 | 384 pages
After the financial apocalypse, neoliberalism rose from the dead—stronger than ever At the onset of the Great Recession, as house prices sank and joblessness soared, many commentators thought that neoliberalism itself was in its death throes. And yet it seems that—post-apocalypse—we’ve... More Info

Carbon Democracy

Verso Books | May 7, 2013 | 288 pages
How oil undermines democracy, and our ability to address the environmental crisis  More Info

Soldier Box

Verso Books | June 4, 2013 | 320 pages
A brave, moving account of a soldier who refused to return to Afghanistan  More Info

The Revenge of History

Verso Books | June 4, 2013 | 400 pages
From 9/11 to the Arab Spring: the decade of living dangerously  More Info

Scattered Sand

Verso Books | June 4, 2013 | 320 pages
Documents the massive annual migration of 200 million unorganized Chinese workers who comprise half of China's GDP, arguing that they represent the country's most marginalized and impoverished group while citing the brutal conditions they endure, from illness and broken families to documented labor... More Info


Verso Books | June 4, 2013 | 304 pages
Composed in a series of scenes, Aisthesis–Rancière's definitive statement on the aesthetic–takes its reader from Dresden in 1764 to New York in 1941. Along the way, we view the Belvedere Torso with Winckelmann, accompany Hegel to the museum and Mallarmé to the Folies-Bergère, attend a... More Info

Ryszard Kapuscinski

Verso Books | May 7, 2013 | 472 pages
An assessment of the influential career of the 20th-century journalist places his achievements against a backdrop of the great revolutions of his age, offering insight into his resolute anti-colonialism, his creation of a new genre of creative reporting and his personal relationships. 10,000 first... More Info

From A to X

Verso Books | April 14, 2009 | 197 pages
Faithfully writing letters to her imprisoned insurgent lover, A'ida describes the approach of a faceless power that is threatening her ramshackle village, a time throughout which she experiences life-affirming appreciation for small details and acts of humanity. By the author of Ways of Seeing.... 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

Changing Venezuela by taking power

Verso Books | March 27, 2015 | 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

Rebel Cities

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

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

The Future As Cultural Fact

Verso Books | February 12, 2013 | 336 pages
Acclaimed author presents a decade's research toward creating an anthropology of the future.  More Info

Why It's Still Kicking Off Everywhere

Verso Books | March 12, 2013 | 334 pages
The world is facing a wave of uprisings, protests and revolutions: Arab dictators swept away, public spaces occupied, slum-dwellers in revolt, cyberspace buzzing with utopian dreams. Events we were told were consigned to history—democratic revolt and social revolution—are being lived by... More Info

A Singular Modernity

Verso Books | January 16, 2013 | 250 pages
A major new interpretation of the concepts of modernism and modenirty  More Info

The Fiery Brook

Verso Books | January 16, 2013 | 320 pages
Explaining his fundamental criticism of the "old philosophy" of Hegel, and the advances of his own humanistic thought, which was based in life and sensuality, this collection of central essays, advancing his humanist and atheist thought, establishes the philosopher's importance and relevance.... More Info

The Spirit of Terrorism

Verso Books | January 16, 2013 | 112 pages
Updated to include the essays "Hypotheses on Terrorism" and "Violence of the Global," this chilling volume views the power of the terrorists as lying in the symbolism of slaughter - not merely the reality of death, but in a sacrifice that challenges the whole system. Original.  More Info

Welcome to the Desert of the Real

Verso Books | January 16, 2013 | 160 pages
Probing beneath the level of TV punditry, Žižek offers a highly original and readable account that serves as a fascinating and insightful comprehension of the events of September 11.  More Info


Verso Books | January 15, 2013 | 224 pages
One of the most powerful voices in contemporary French philosophy explodes the facile assumptions behind the recent ethical turn.  More Info

Infinitely Demanding

Verso Books | January 16, 2013 | 176 pages
A new political ethics that confronts the injustices of liberal democracy.  More Info

Two Girls

Verso Books | January 16, 2013 | 224 pages
A groundbreaking collection of essays by the esteemed Brazilian literary critic.  More Info


Verso Books | January 16, 2013 | 176 pages
Early critique of Freud from a Marxist and linguistic perspective.  More Info

Marxism and Philosophy

Verso Books | January 16, 2013 | 176 pages
An influential scholarly classic argues for a reexamination of the relationship between Marxist theory and bourgeois philosophy, calling for a centrality of the Hegelian dialect and a commitment to revolutionary praxis. Original.  More Info

Capitalism, Socialism, Ecology

Verso Books | January 16, 2013 | 160 pages
Against the background of recent technological developments, Gorz's major new book explores the political agendas facing both right and left in the midst of the transformations of the nature of work and the structure of the workforce.  More Info

Rationality and Irrationality in Economics

Verso Books | January 16, 2013 | 368 pages
An analysis of social and economic systems and why they appear and disappear throughout history.  More Info


Verso Books | January 16, 2013 | 416 pages
Containing the first complete translations of Wilhelm Reich's writings from his Marxist period, this volume, exploring his quest to find ways of relieving human suffering, reveals how he has re-emerged as an influential thinker on politics and psychology. Original.  More Info

Critique of Instrumental Reason

Verso Books | January 16, 2013 | 180 pages
These essays, written between 1949 and 1967, focus on a single theme: the triumph in the twentieth century of the state-bureaucratic apparatus and 'instrumental reason' and the concomitant liquidation of the individual and the basic social institutions and relationships associated with the... More Info

Power and money

Verso Books | March 27, 1992 | 252 pages
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Immanuel Kant

Verso Books | January 2, 2012 | 240 pages
The classic introductory text to Kant's legacy and philosophy.  More Info