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Because We Say So by Noam Chomsky - £12.99
Because We Say So is Noam Chomsky's essential counter punch to American hegemony.   In 1962, the eminent statesman Dean Acheson enunciated a principle that has dominated global politics ever since: that no legal issue arises when the United St ... more
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Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by David J. Garrow - £13.95
"The work of David J. Garrow is more than a day-by-day account of how the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965 came into being. It is also a skillful analysis of the dynamics of protest activity and more particularly of the ways in which successful pr ... more
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The Economics of Inequality by Thomas Piketty, translated by Arthur Goldhammer - £16.95
Thomas Piketty — whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century pushed inequality to the forefront of public debate — wrote The Economics of Inequality as an introduction to the conceptual and factual background necessary for interpreting changes in econo ... more
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Night in Gaza by Mads Gilbert - £16.00
In the summer of 2014, Gaza was attacked by Israel for the fourth time since 2006. This attack lasted fifty-one days. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor, had worked at al-Shifa Hospital during each previous conflict, and in July 2014 he went back there ... more
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Green Parties, Green Future: From Local Groups to the International Stage by Per Gahrton - £16.99
Over the past four decades the world has seen a 'Green awakening'. Green parties have been elected to parliaments and councils all over the world, and in many cases have played a part in national and local government. A common set of Green priorities ... more
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How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps by Youssef El-Gingihy - £7.99
Dr Youssef El-Gingihy – a GP – tells the story of how the NHS has been gradually converted into a market-based healthcare system over the past 25 years. This process is accelerating under the Coalition government and the very existence of a National ... more
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The Kurds of Syria: Political Parties and Identity in the Middle East by Harriet Allsopp - £14.99
In September 2014, the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobane was subjected to a massive attack by fighters of the movement Islamic State (IS). As a result, the plight of the Kurds of Syria became known around the world. Less well-known, however, is their str ... more
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An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians? by Geoffrey Robertson QC - £10.99
Winner of Polemic of the Year at The Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2015   The most controversial question that is still being asked about the First World War - was there an Armenian genocide? - will come to a head on 24 April 2015, when Ar ... more
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Anti-Semitism: The Oldest Hatred by John Mann - £16.99
"The Jewish people in its very being constitutes a living protest against a world of hatred, violence and war'"(Emeritus Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks) The history of Jewish persecution is as old as the written word, though the epithet `antisemitism` was ... more
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Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup That Remade the Middle East by Mike de Seve, illustrated by Daniel Burwen - £14.99
Graphic true-life spy thriller about the CIA mission that overthrew Iran’s democracy.  The year is 1953. As the value of oil skyrockets, global power brokers begin to take interest in the political regimes of the Middle East. British agents hav ... more
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Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine - £9.99
WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR POETRY   WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR POETRY   'Everywhere were flashes, a siren sounding and a stretched-out roar. Get on the ground. Get on the ground now. Then I ... more
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We Have Nothing to Lose But Our Fear: Activism and Resistance in Dangerous Times by Fiona Jeffries - £14.99
Our 24/7 lives are saturated with round-the-clock fear. Scare-tactic headlines fill our homes and our public spaces. If it’s not the war on terror, it’s the new war on the middle class. Crisis is the new black, as catastrophe after casualty after cra ... more
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Gods of Metal by Eric Schlosser - £1.99
'Sitting not far below my feet, there was a thermonuclear warhead about twenty times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, all set and ready to go. The only sound was the sound of the wind.'   Seventy years after the bombing of ... more
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Hiroshima by John Hersey - £1.99
2015 is the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima, when, at 8.15am, an atomic bomb was dropped over the Japanese city, killing one hundred thousand men, women and children in its white fury.   John Hersey's spare, devastating report on the attack was ... more
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Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason - £16.99
From Paul Mason, the award-winning Channel 4 presenter, Postcapitalism is a guide to our era of seismic economic change, and how we can build a more equal society.   Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone continual change ... more
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Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good by Christian Felber - £12.99
Is it possible for businesses to have a bottom line that is not profit and endless growth, but human dignity, justice, sustainability and democracy? Or an alternative economic model that is untainted by the greed and crises of current financial syste ... more
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Che and Fidel: Images from History by Aleida March - £14.99
A photographic testimony to the extraordinary bond that existed between two extraordinary individuals, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.   Introduced and selected by Che Guevara’s widow, Aleida March, this book offers a photographic testimony to t ... more
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Popular Protest in Palestine: The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance by Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby - £16.99
Popular Protest in Palestine provides an overview and analysis of the role and significance of unarmed civil (popular) resistance in the Palestinian national movement. The main focus is on the contemporary popular resistance movement in the Occupied ... more
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Riots and Political Protest by Simon Winlow, Steve Hall, Daniel Briggs and James Treadwell - £29.99
The years 2008 to 2013 saw a new generation of political protestors take to the streets. Riots disrupted many Western cities and new protest movements emerged, keen to address a bleak context of economic collapse and austerity politics.   In t ... more
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The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti by Rick Geary - £7.99
Rick Geary tackles the most controversial case of the 20th century.  Anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti were accused of robbery and murder but so many supposedly damning pieces of evidence were questionable their guilty verdict elicited massive protest ... more
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Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Mutiny by Laurie Penny - £9.99
‘This is not a fairytale. This is a story about how sex and money and power police our dreams.’   Clear-eyed, witty and irreverent, Laurie Penny is as ruthless in her dissection of modern feminism and class politics as she is in discussing her own ... more
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My Life's Battles by Will Thorne - £9.99
My Life’s Battles is one of the first true working-class autobiographies, the story of Will Thorne, who helped to make a better world for ordinary people. Thorne’s life story is a journey from tenements and factories to the corridors of power and the ... more
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Keir Hardie: From Serfdom to Socialism by Keir Hardie - £12.99
Keir Hardie was the founder of the Labour Party, a pioneer trade unionist, a tireless campaigner for women’s rights, and the first working man ever to be elected to Parliament.  As a key text for the first generation of Labour Party activists, F ... more
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Economics After Capitalism: A Guide to the Ruins and a Road to the Future by Derek Wall - £14.99
‘There is no alternative’ has been the unofficial mantra of the neoliberal order since its utterance by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. As Derek Wall argues in Economics After Capitalism, there is in fact an alternative to our crisis-ridden, austerit ... more
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Finding Home: The Real Stories of Migrant Britain by Emily Dugan - £12.99
Award-winning reporter Emily Dugan’s Finding Home follows the tumultuous lives of a group of immigrants, all facing intense challenges in their quest to live in the UK.   Syrian refugee Emad set up the Free Syrian League and worked illegally i ... more
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Total State Machine by Test Dept - £40.00
Total State Machine is published by PC-Press and is a unique historical document and visual representation of Test Dept, one of the UK’s truly investigative agitators, authentic industrialists, utilisers and recyclers of society's debris.   Pr ... more
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The Hidden Stories of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry: Personal Reflections by Richard Stone - £8.99
Young people who come into contact with police officers on the streets today have little idea of the significance of the stabbing to death of Stephen Lawrence in a racist attack in 1993. Only their parents or grandparents remember the daily exposures ... more
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The Headscarf Revolutionaries: Lillian Bilocca and the Hull Triple-Trawler Disaster by Brian W. Lavery - £12.99
Brian W. Lavery‘s The Headscarf Revolutionaries takes readers back to the highly dramatic Winter of 1968. Three trawlers from Hull’s fleet sank in rapid succession. One fishwife, Lillian Bilocca, put down her filleting knife.   It sickened her that ... more
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Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange - £9.99
An inspiring international bestseller, Good Morning, Mr Mandela tells the story of Zelda la Grange's incredible friendship with Nelson Mandela.   Zelda la Grange grew up in South Africa as a white Afrikaner who supported the rules of segrega ... more
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The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin - £9.99
'Well-being for all is not a dream.'   In this brilliantly enjoyable, challenging rallying-cry of a book, Kropotkin lays out the heart of his anarchist beliefs - beliefs which surged around the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries a ... more
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How Politics Makes Us Sick: Neoliberal Epidemics by Ted Schrecker and Clare Bambra - £19.99
Since the early 1980s, neoliberalism or 'market fundamentalism' has dominated politics and economics across the globe.  In this important book, Ted Schrecker and Clare Bambra consider the effects of over three decades of these policies with part ... more
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Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics by Jacques Rancière - £9.99
Dissensus: On Politics and Aesthetics brings together some of Jacques Rancière's most recent writings on art and politics to show the critical potential of two of his most important concepts: the aesthetics of politics and the politics of aesthetics. ... more
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The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy by Yanis Varoufakis - £8.99
In this remarkable and provocative book, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis explodes the myth that financialisation, ineffectual regulation of banks, greed and globalisation were the root causes of both the Eurozone crisis and the global economi ... more
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The Great Divide by Joseph E. Stiglitz - £25.00
Why has inequality increased in the Western world - and what can we do about it? In The Great Divide, Joseph E. Stiglitz expands on the diagnosis he offered in his best-selling book The Price of Inequality and suggests ways to counter this growing pr ... more
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The Best of Benn by Tony Benn, compiled by Ruth Winstone - £9.99
Tony Benn was one of the twentieth century's most charismatic politicians. The Best of Benn showcases his powers of original thinking and communication over seven decades.  From 'the baby of the house' to a retired widower, he was a consistently rad ... more
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Revolution by Russell Brand - £7.99
Russell Brand will donate 100% of his money for this book to Tre Era Cafe, a social enterprise community project on the New Era estate - whose vicotory against corporations and inefficient government exemplifies the principles in this book.   We al ... more
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Life in Strangeways: From Riots to Redemption, My Thirty-Two Years Behind Bars by Alan Lord and Anita Armstrong - £7.99
A key player in the worst prison riot in British history at Strangeways Prison in April 1990, Alan Lord was always in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was drawn to trouble like water to a sponge. After experiencing a troubled childhood during wh ... more
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The Second Arab Awakening: And the Battle for Pluralism by Marwan Muasher - £10.99
This important book is not about immediate events or policies or responses to the Arab Spring. Instead, it takes a long, judicious view of political change in the Arab world, beginning with the first Awakening in the nineteenth century and extending ... more
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City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran by Ramita Navai - £8.99
Lying in Tehran is about survival.   Welcome to Tehran, a city where survival depends on a network of subterfuge. Here is a place where mullahs visit prostitutes, drug kingpins run crystal meth kitchens, surgeons restore girls' virginity and h ... more
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Raising Generation RX: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality by Linda M. Blum - £18.99
Recent years have seen an explosion in the number of children diagnosed with “invisible disabilities” such as ADHD, mood and conduct disorders, and high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Whether they are viewed as biological problems in brain wi ... more
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100 Acts of Minor Dissent by Mark Thomas - £9.99
Comedian Mark Thomas has been campaigning for over nearly three decades. He has remained uniquely relevant and agitated where others have mellowed and capitulated.  One Hundred Acts of Minor Dissent is the brilliantly funny account of a year spe ... more
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Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism and History by Vron Ware, Foreword by Mikki Kendall - £11.99
Pioneering study of how ideas about white women have shaped the history of racism.   How have ideas about white women figured in the history of racism? Vron Ware argues that they have been central, and that feminism has, in many ways, develope ... more
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The World is Waiting for You: Graduation Speeches to Live by from Activists, Writers, & Visionaries by Tara Grove and Isabel Ostrer (Editors) - £12.99
Rousing and indispensable commencement speeches from celebrated thinkers and change-makers — sure to inspire graduates everywhere. "Bit by bit, step by step, you can change things — the things that need changing."(Toni Morrison, Rutgers University ... more
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Separate and Dominate: Feminism and Racism After the War on Terror by Christine Delphy, translated by David Broder - £14.99
An examination of how mainstream feminism has been mobilized in support of racist measures.  Feminist Christine Delphy co-founded the journal Nouvelles questions féministes with Simone de Beauvoir in the 1970s and became one of the most influ ... more
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Last Soldiers of the Cold War: The Story of the Cuban Five by Fernando Morais - £12.99
Here is the story of political prisoners finally freed in December 2014, after being held captive by the United States since the late 1990s. Through the 1980s and 1990s, violent anti-Castro groups based in Florida carried out hundreds of military at ... more
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The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg by Norman Geras - £14.99
An important contribution to our understanding of twentieth-century Marxism During the first decades of the twentieth century, Rosa Luxemburg was the leader of the workers’ movement in Poland and Germany. She made a remarkable contribution to social ... more
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Havel: A Life by Michael Zantovský - £12.99
Václav Havel: iconoclast and philosopher-king, an internationally successful playwright who became a political dissident and then, reluctantly, a president. His pivotal role in the Velvet Revolution, the end of Communism and the birth of a modern, we ... more
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The 13th Labour of Hercules: Inside the Greek Crisis by Yannis Palaiologos - £9.99
Since the revelation of its massive hidden deficit in late 2009, Greece has been at the centre of the world's attention. Observers around the globe have watched with morbid fascination as the country has repeatedly flirted with political and financia ... more
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Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings by Owen Hatherley - £25.00
"In the craven world of architectural criticism Hatherley is that rarest of things: a brave, incisive, elegant and erudite writer, whose books dissect the contemporary built environment to reveal the political fantasies and social realities it embodi ... more
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The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography by Miriam Pawel - £14.99
Cesar Chavez founded a labor union, launched a movement, and inspired a generation. He rose from migrant worker to national icon, becoming one of the great charismatic leaders of the 20th century. Two decades after his death, Chavez remains the most ... more
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Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to Capitalist Catastrophe by Michael Löwy - £10.99
Capitalism is killing the planet, and the preservation of a natural environment favorable to human life requires a radical alternative.  In this new collection of essays, long time revolutionary and environmental activist Michael Löwy offers a v ... more
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