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I.W.W. Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent by I.W.W. - £4.99
A RADICAL LABOR CLASSIC  Undoubtedly the most popular book in American labor history, the I.W.W.’s Little Red Song Book has been a staple item on picket lines and at other workers’ gatherings for generations, and has gone through numerous edi ... more
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The Last of the Hippies: An Hysterical Romance by Penny Rimbaud - £8.99
First published in 1982 as part of the Crass record album Christ: The Album, Penny Rimbaud's The Last of the Hippies is a fiery anarchist polemic centered on the story of his friend, Phil Russell (aka Wally Hope), who was murdered by the State while ... more
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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson - £8.99
Named a Book of the Year by the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Esquire, and Time.  The US has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. One in every 15 people born there today is expected to go to prison. For black men t ... more
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Jeremy Corbyn: Accidental Hero by W Stephen Gilbert - £9.99
How did modest backbench MP Jeremy Corbyn come virtually out of nowhere to lead the parliamentary opposition, as the most avowedly non-conformist Labour leader in British history? Is his leadership built to last? Will those in the Labour party who re ... more
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Do it Like a Woman... And Change the World by Caroline Criado-Perez - £12.99
Every day, all around the world, women are reinventing what it means to be female in cultures where power, privilege or basic freedoms are all too often equated with being male.   Here, Caroline Criado-Perez, one of the most vocal and tenaciou ... more
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Outsider in the White House by Bernie Sanders, with Huck Gutman - £9.99
The political autobiography of the insurgent presidential candidate.  Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the presidency of the United States has galvanized people all over the country, putting economic, racial, and social justice into the spotlight, ... more
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Britain's Best Political Cartoons: 2015 by Tim Benson (Editor) - £12.99
Britain's Best Political Cartoons 2015 is a compelling, razor-sharp and frequently hilarious collection of almost 200 of the year's most acerbic and insightful political cartoons.   All the highs and lows of the past year are covered: from ma ... more
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Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman - £9.99
Here is the ultimate book on the worldwide movement of hackers, pranksters, and activists that operates under the non-name Anonymous, by the writer the Huffington Post says “knows all of Anonymous’ deepest, darkest secrets.”   Half a dozen yea ... more
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Masters of Mankind: Essays and Lectures, 1969-2013 by Noam Chomsky - £8.99
In this collection of essays from 1969-2013, many in book form for the first time, Noam Chomsky exposes the real nature of state power. With unrelenting logic, he holds the arguments of empire up to critical examination and shatters the myths of thos ... more
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First Measures of the Coming Insurrection by Eric Hazan and Kamo - £9.99
We have witnessed a beginning, the birth of a new age of revolt and upheaval. In North Africa and the Middle East it took the people a matter of days to topple what were supposedly entrenched regimes. Now, to the west, multiple crises are etching awa ... more
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The Bedside Guardian 2015 by Malik Meer (Editor), with a foreword by Naomi Klein - £14.99
It was the year of an unexpected general election result and a dramatic Labour leadership contest; ‘Je suis Charlie’ and #BlackLivesMatter; a year in which FIFA spectacularly imploded on the world stage and a transgender woman appeared on the front o ... more
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Social Class in the 21st Century by Mike Savage - £8.99
A fresh take on social class from the experts behind the BBC's 'Great British Class Survey'.  Why does social class matter more than ever in Britain today? How has the meaning of class changed? What does this mean for social mobility and in ... more
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Trouble in Paradise: From the End of History to the End of Capitalism by Slavoj Žižek - £9.99
In Trouble in Paradise, Slavoj Žižek, one of our most famous, most combative philosophers, explains how by drawing on the ideas of communism, we can find a way out of the crisis of capitalism.  There is obviously trouble in the global capital ... more
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Philosophy for Militants by Alain Badiou, translated by Bruno Bosteels - £5.99
A philosophical guidebook for the struggles to come.  An urgent and provocative account of the modern “militant,” a transformative figure at the front line of emancipatory politics. Around the world, recent events have seen the creation of a ra ... more
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Petticoat Heroes: Gender, Culture and Popular Protest in the Rebecca Riots by Rhian E. Jones - £19.99
The wave of unrest which took place in 1840s Wales, known as ‘Rebeccaism’ or ‘the Rebecca riots’, stands out as a success story within the generally gloomy annals of popular struggle and defeat.   The story is remembered in vivid and compelling ... more
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On Liberty by Shami Chakrabarti - £9.99
On 11 September 2001, our world changed. The West's response to 9/11 has morphed into a period of exception. Governments have decided that the rule of law and human rights are often too costly.  In On Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti - who joined Liberty, ... more
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Politics in a Time of Crisis: Podemos and the Future of Democracy in Europe by Pablo Iglesias - £10.99
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 pa ... more
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Understanding Class by Erik Olin Wright - £14.99
A leading sociologist examines how different readings of class enrich our understanding of capitalism.   Few ideas are more contested today than “class.” Some have declared its death, while others insist on its centrality to contemporary cap ... more
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How to Speak Money by John Lanchester - £9.99
Money is our global language. Yet so few of us can speak it. The language of the economic elite can be complex, jargon-filled and completely baffling. Above all, the language of money is the language of power - power in the hands of the same economic ... more
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Empire of Cotton: A New History of Global Capitalism by Sven Beckert - £12.99
Winner of the 2015 Bancroft Prize and the 2015 Philip Taft Prize Finalist for the 2015 Pulizter Prize for History and shortlisted for the 2015 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature  For about 900 years, from 1000 to 1900, cotton was the w ... more
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Our Enemies in Blue: Police and Power in America by Kristian Williams - £17.50
Freddie Gray. Walter Scott. Eric Garner. Michael Brown. Tamir Rice. Akai Gurley. Azelle Rodney. Rekia Boyd. Mark Duggan. Ian Tomlinson. Oscar Grant. Jean Charles de Menezes. Dannette Daniels. Blair Peach. Harry Stanley. Kevin Gately. This heart-wrenc ... more
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Michael Collins: A Biography by Tim Pat Coogan - £10.99
When President of the Irish Republic Michael Collins signed the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, he remarked to Lord Birkenhead, 'I may have signed my actual death warrant.' And in August 1922 during the Irish Civil War, that prophecy came true - ... more
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De Valera: Long Fellow, Long Shadow by Tim Pat Coogan - £11.99
The history of Ireland for much of the Twentieth century is the history of Eamon De Valera.   From the 1916 Rising, the troubled Treaty negotiations and the Civil War, right through to his retirement after longer in power than any other twent ... more
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No Gods, No Masters, No Peripheries: Global Anarchisms by Barry Maxwell and Raymond Craib (Editors) - £19.99
Was anarchism in areas outside of Europe an import and a script to be mimicked? Was it perpetually at odds with other currents of the Left? The authors in this collection take up these questions of geographical and political peripheries.  Buildi ... more
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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - £10.99
Winner, Kirkus Prize for Non-Fiction, United States, 2015 Shortlisted, National Book Award for Non-Fiction, United States, 2015  In the 150 years since the end of the Civil War and the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, the story of r ... more
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Occupation Culture: Art & Squatting in the City from Below by Alan W. Moore - £17.00
Occupation Culture is the story of a journey through the world of recent political squatting in Europe, told by a veteran of the 1970s and ‘80s New York punk art scene. It is also a kind of scholar adventure story. Alan W. Moore sees with the trained ... more
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Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War by Susan Southard - £20.00
"Politicians debating the nuclear deal with Iran would do well to spend some time with Southard’s ‘Nagasaki’. It does not tell us what to do. It only reminds us of the stakes."(Washington Post) On August 9th, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on ... more
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Moments: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs by Hal Buell - £20.00
The bestselling, complete collection of more than 600 Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs, from the first awards in 1942 through the 2015 honors.   This revision of a Black Dog classic is the only book to include every Pulitzer Prize-winning p ... more
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The Writing on the Wall: A Visual History of Northern Ireland's Troubles by Stuart Borthwick - £19.99
The Writing on the Wall is a stunning chronological history of Northern Ireland as told through its wall murals, the iconic images depicting the Troubles, conflicts and struggles of its people across religious and political divides. Beginning with re ... more
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Complacency and Collusion: A Critical Introduction to Business and Financial Journalism by Keith J. Butterick - £19.99
The growing passivity and changing bias of Western journalists is widely acknowledged. Journalism is increasingly hollowed out by writers who are no longer gathering news but rather churning out unsourced information, PR texts and snippets found onli ... more
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The Right Side of History: 100 Years of LGBTQI Activism by Adrian Brooks - £12.99
The Right Side of History tells the hundred-year history of queer activism in a series of revealing close-ups, first person accounts, and intimate snap-shots of some of LGBT pioneers and radicals, both the known and many heretofore unknown. Adrian Br ... more
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Socialism ... Seriously: A Brief Guide to Human Liberation by Danny Katch - £9.99
Opinion polls show that many people in the U.S. prefer socialism to capitalism. But after being declared dead and buried for decades, socialism has come to mean little more than something vaguely less cruel and stupid than what we have now. That's no ... more
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All the Countries the Americans Have Ever Invaded: Making Friends and Influencing People? by Stuart Laycock and Christopher Kelly - £12.99
Since its creation, the United States seems to have pushed the accelerator in the invasion category. This book sets out to find the facts. How many countries has America been militarily involved with, and what’s it been doing in all these countries? ... more
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Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams - £12.99
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 ... more
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Visual Impact: Creative Dissent in the 21st Century by Liz McQuiston - £24.95
An accessible and richly illustrated exploration of how art and design have driven major social and political change in the 21st century.   Features the work of over 200 artists, from the famous such as Ai Weiwei and Shepard Fairey, to the an ... more
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Disarming Conflict by Ernie Regehr - £12.99
In the last quarter century our world has hosted 98 wars, 26 of these are ongoing.   The bill for maintaining huge stores of weapons and some 70 million people in uniform currently stands at $1.7 trillion, a year. Of these wars, over 85 perce ... more
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Peoples Apart: The Different Faces of Apartheid: Israel and South Africa by Ilan Pappe - £14.99
Any time that a politician or commentator compares the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to South Africa under apartheid, the response is swift denunciation. Yet many prominent, respected academics and politicians--including Jimmy Carter--have drawn such ... more
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Traces of Survival: Drawings of Refugees in Iraq - Selected by Ai Weiwei by Tamara Chalabi and Philippe Van Cauteren (Editors) - £17.99
This compelling book is the result of a project intended to visually communicate the hardships endured by Iraqi communities. Utilizing art materials donated to camps by the Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq, these 350 drawings were cre ... more
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Radical Cities: Across Latin America in Search of a New Architecture by Justin McGuirk - £11.99
What makes the city of the future? How do you heal a divided city?   In Radical Cities, Justin McGuirk travels across Latin America in search of the activist architects, maverick politicians and alternative communities already answering these ... more
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Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy - £7.99
An impassioned manifesto from the author of Booker-winner God of Small Things, one of the most vocal campaigners in the world  In Capitalism: A Ghost Story, best-selling writer Arundhati Roy examines the dark side of Indian democracy—a nation of 1.2 ... more
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An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - £13.99
2015 Recipient of the American Book Award 2015 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature   The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples.  Today in the United States, there are mo ... more
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The Toss of a Coin: Voices from a Modern Crisis by Rory O’Keeffe - £14.99
Ghaddafi’s Libya was home to a huge number of refugees. People who had escaped war, terror, repression, starvation and disease in their homelands flocked to the state to set up home (as Ghaddafi had invited them to do) or to use Libya as a stopping p ... more
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The Poor Had No Lawyers: Who Owns Scotland and How They Got it by Andy Wightman - £14.99
Who owns Scotland? How did they get it? What happened to all the common land in Scotland? Has the Scottish Parliament made any difference? Can we get our common good land back?   In The Poor Had No Lawyers, Andy Wightman, author of Who Owns Scotla ... more
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The Buddha on Wall Street: What's Wrong with Capitalism and What to Do About it by Vaddhaka Linn - £9.99
After his Enlightenment the Buddha set out to help liberate the individual, and create a society free from suffering. The economic resources now exist to offer a realistic possibility of providing everyone with decent food, shelter, work and leisure, ... more
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Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace by Noam - £12.99
For decades, Noam Chomsky has been considered one of the most important critics of American's foreign policy in Central and Latin America and yet Turning the Tide is one of his only written works which makes that region its sole focus.   At l ... more
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Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky by David Barsamian - £9.99
First published in 2001, Propaganda & The Public Mind constitutes a series of discussions with the journalist David Barsamian and is the perfect complement to Chomsky’s major works of media study such as Manufacturing Consent and Necessary llusions. ... more
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War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians, and Global Pacification by Jeff Halper - £14.99
Modern warfare has a new form. The days of international combat are fading. So how do major world powers maintain control over their people today?   War Against the People is a disturbing insight into the new ways world powers such as the US, ... more
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Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service by Alastair McIntosh and Matt Carmichael - £19.99
Over the past half century the issues facing activists have changed, as has our understanding and awareness of spirituality. For activists, spiritual philosophy is rising up the agenda because it offers distinct, tried and tested approaches to deep q ... more
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Photography and Social Movements by Antigoni Memou - £18.99
Now available for the first time in paperback, Photography and Social Movements is the first thorough study of photography’s interrelationship with social movements.   Focusing on photographic production and dissemination during the student and wo ... more
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Swimming with Sharks: My Journey into the World of the Bankers by Joris Luyendijk - £12.99
Joris Luyendijk, an investigative journalist, knew as much about banking as the average person: almost nothing. Bankers, he thought, were ruthless, competitive, bonus-obsessed sharks, irrelevant to his life. And then he was assigned to investigate th ... more
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Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth by Kevin Ovenden - £12.99
The world’s eyes are on Greece. Elected in January 2015 under the leadership of Alexis Tsipras, the radical Syriza party sought to challenge the European economic status-quo and secure a better future for the Greek people. The fierce confrontation wi ... more
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