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Inequality and the 1% by Danny Dorling - £12.99
Can we afford the rich? Why the growth of the wealthy is making the UK a more dangerous place to live.  Since the great recession hit in 2008, the 1% has only grown richer while the rest find life increasingly tough. The gap between the haves a ... more
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Rainbow Warriors by Maite Mompo - £14.99
Following the lives of the three ships with the name Rainbow Warrior, this book, written by a long-serving Greenpeace activist, tells the inside stories of life on board and recounts some of the ships’ most exciting adventures and actions.   I ... more
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A Colossal Wreck: A Road Trip Through Political Scandal, Corruption, and American Culture by Alexander Cockburn - £12.99
A roller coaster ride through the ruins of modern America from the most influential journalist of his Generation.  Whether ruthlessly exposing Beltway hypocrisy, pricking the pomposity of those in power, or tirelessly defending the rights of ... more
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How Numbers Rule the World: The Use and Abuse of Statistics in Global Politics by Lorenzo Fioramonti - £12.99
Numbers dominate global politics and, as a result, our everyday lives. Credit ratings steer financial markets and can make or break the future of entire nations. GDP drives our economies. Stock market indices flood our media and national debates. Sta ... more
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Brazil's Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Struggle for Democracy by Dave Zirin - £11.99
As the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games approach, ordinary Brazilians are holding the country's biggest protest marches in decades. Sports journalist Dave Zirin traveled to Brazil to find out why.  In a rollicking read that travels from ... more
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Women's Oppression Today: The Marxist/ Feminist Encounter by Michèle Barrett - £15.00
Women’s Oppression Today is a classic text in the debate about Marxism and feminism, exploring how gender, sexuality and the 'family-household system' operate in relation to contemporary capitalism.  In this updated edition, Michèle Barrett ... more
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Capitalism's Last Stand? Deglobalization in the Age of Austerity by Walden Bello - £12.99
In this eye-opening and often scathing book, Walden Bello provides a forensic dissection of contemporary capitalism's multiple crises. Trenchant but constructive, Bello's analysis of the collapse of the global real economy, covering such issues as th ... more
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Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play by James C. Scott - £12.50
James Scott taught us what's wrong with seeing like a state. Now, in his most accessible and personal book to date, the acclaimed social scientist makes the case for seeing like an anarchist. Inspired by the core anarchist faith in the possibilities ... more
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Manifesto of the Poor: Solutions Come from Below by Francisco Van der Hoff Boersma - £5.95
Written by the co-founder of Fairtrade movement, Francisco Van der Hoff Boersma, this book uses models of Fairtrade and small-scale organic farming to explain why Fairtrade farmers don't need all the money and luxury that is deemed so important in th ... more
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The Establishment: And How They Get Away with it by Owen Jones - £16.99
In The Establishment Owen Jones, author of the international bestseller Chavs, offers a biting critique of the British Establishment and a passionate plea for democracy. Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wi ... more
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Black Star: Britain's Asian Youth Movements by Anandi Ramamurthy - £19.99
Black Star documents the vibrant Asian Youth Movements in 1970s and 80s Britain who struggled against the racism of the street and the state. Anandi Ramamurthy shows how they drew inspiration from Black Power movements as well as anti-imperialist and ... more
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Letters to a Young Generation by Amanda Wilson (Editor) - £6.99
Letters to a Young Generation is a collection of 13 letters from men who understand what it’s like to be a black male growing up in the United Kingdom; from actors to MPs, fashion designers to athletes.   Inspiring, humorous and most importantly ho ... more
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Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch by Nick Davies - £20.00
The stand-out, definitive book about phone-hacking, the biggest scandal of our age, told by the man who broke the story.  At first, it seemed like a small story. The royal editor of the News of the World was caught listening to the voicemail me ... more
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A Quiet Word: Lobbying, Crony Capitalism and Broken Politics in Britain by Tamasin Cave and Andy Rowell - £20.00
Q. What’s worth £2,000,000,000, answers to no-one and operates out of public sight? A. Britain’s influence industry   The corporate takeover of democracy is no conspiracy theory – it’s happening, and it affects every aspect of our lives: the foo ... more
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Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism by David Harvey - £14.99
Following on from The Enigma of Capital, the world's leading Marxist thinker explores the hidden workings of capital and reveals the forces that will lead inexorably to the demise of our system.   You thought capitalism was permanent? Think ag ... more
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The Body Economic: Eight Experiments in Economic Recovery, from Iceland to Greece by David Stuckler and Sanjay Basu - £9.99
The Body Economic puts forward a radical proposition. Austerity, it argues, is seriously bad for your health. We can prevent financial crises from becoming epidemics, but to do so, we must acknowledge what the hard data tells us: that, throughout his ... more
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The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business by Richard Brooks - £9.99
In the first book to uncover the British government’s complicity in tax avoidance, investigative journalist and former tax-inspector Richard Brooks charts how the UK has become a global tax haven that serves the super wealthy, while everyone else pic ... more
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Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs to Someone Else by James Meek - £12.99
How the British government packaged and sold its people to the world.   In a little over a generation the bones and sinews of the British economy – rail, energy, water, postal services, municipal housing – have been sold to remote, unaccountable pr ... more
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Martin Luther King Jr.: Let Freedom Ring by Michael Teitelbaum & Lewis Helfand, illustrated by Naresh Kumar - £6.99
It seems unbelievable now that not even half a century ago, America was segregated. Everything depended on the colour of one’s skin, whether it was black or white. Access to schools, restaurants, parks, buses, or even water fountains was segregated. ... more
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GB84 by David Peace - £8.99
Great Britain. 1984. The miners' strike. It is the closest Britain has come to civil war in fifty years, setting the government against the people.   David Peace's sweeping, bloody and dramatic fictional portrait of the year that left an indel ... more
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Masks of Anarchy: The History of a Radical Poem, from Percy Shelley to the Triangle Factory Fire by Michael Demson, illustrated by Summer McClinton - £9.99
A graphic history of a poem that became an inspiration to immigrant workers in New York.  Masks of Anarchy tells the extraordinary story of Percy Shelley’s poem “The Masque of Anarchy,” from its conception in Italy and suppression in England ... more
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The Spectacle of Disintegration: Situationist Passages Out of the Twentieth Century by McKenzie Wark - £16.99
Acclaimed author follows the work of the Situationist International after May 1968.  Following his acclaimed history of the Situationist International up until the late sixties, The Beach Beneath the Street, McKenzie Wark returns with a compani ... more
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Bohemians: A Graphic History by David Berger and Paul Buhle - £9.99
"Marvelously drawn tribute to free thinkers ... Engaging, informative, and inspiring."(Joe Sacco) The countercultures that came to define bohemia spanned the Atlantic, encompassing Walt Whitman's Brooklyn and the Folies Bergère of Josephine Baker, ... more
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Craftivism: the Art of Craft and Activism by Betsy Greer - £17.99
Craftivism is a worldwide movement that operates at the intersection of craft and activism; Craftivism the book is full of inspiration for crafters who want to create works that add to the greater good. In these essays, interviews, and images, crafti ... more
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The Battle for Scotland by Andrew Marr - £8.99
Scots have tried unfamiliar political tactics as they struggle with the dilemma of being a minority inside a centralised state and their experience is now being studied by opposition leaders in England. Yet for many Scots, their own political history ... more
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Hard Times: The Divisive Toll of the Economic Slump by Tom Clark with Anthony Heath - £18.99
2008 was a watershed year for global finance. The banking system was eventually pulled back from the brink, but the world was saddled with the worst slump since the 1930s Depression, and millions were left unemployed. While numerous books have addres ... more
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The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age by Martha C. Nussbaum - £12.95
What impulse prompted some newspapers to attribute the murder of 77 Norwegians to Islamic extremists, until it became evident that a right-wing Norwegian terrorist was the perpetrator? Why did Switzerland, a country of four minarets, vote to ban thos ... more
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Unfinished Leninism: The Rise and Return of a Revolutionary Doctrine by Paul Le Blanc - £12.99
Lenin was perhaps the greatest revolutionary of the twentieth century, leader of the Russian Revolution of 1917, and the central founder of modern Communism. These clearly-written essays offer a succinct account of his life and times, a lively view o ... more
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Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns by A. Dey, J. Garate, S. Kattel, C. Schweitzer and J. Shee (Editors) - £7.00
In 2009, War Resisters' International released the Handbook for Nonviolent Campaigns; a toolbox of ideas and resources to support activists to run more effective campaigns. The original was translated into over ten languages, including Spanish, Germa ... more
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Voice Male: The Untold Story of the Pro-Feminist Men's Movement by Rob A. Okun (Editor), with a foreword by Michael S. Kimmel - £16.99
Voice Male: The Untold Story of the Pro-Feminist Men's Movement takes you inside one of the most important social justice movements you may never have heard of—the social transformation of masculinity. Although it’s been underway since the late 1970s ... more
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The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail by Óscar Martínez - £9.99
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Economist & The Financial Times  One day a few years ago, 300 migrants were kidnapped between the remote desert towns of Altar, Mexico, and Sasabe, Arizona. A local priest got 120 released, many ... more
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The Politics of Empire: The US, Israel and the Middle East by James Petras - £11.99
This book provides a unique conception of US empire building, linking overseas expansion with:  1) the growth of a police state and declining living standards; 2) advanced technologically driven global spying on adversaries and allies ... more
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Fighting Fascism: the British Left and the Rise of Fascism, 1919-39 by Keith Hodgson - £14.99
In the years between the two world wars, fascism triumphed in Italy, Germany, Spain and elsewhere, coming to power after intense struggles with the labour movements of those countries.   This book, available in paperback for the first time, a ... more
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Disobedient Objects by Catherine Flood and Gavin Grindon - £19.99
Disobedient Objects is about out-designing authority. It explores the material culture of radical change and protest - from objects familiar to many, such as banners or posters, to the more militant, cunning or technologically cutting-edge, including ... more
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Jobs with Justice: 25 Years, 25 Voices by Eric Larson (Editor) - £11.99
The world today has no shortage of economic crises — or politicians and pundits who claim to have the vision that will get us out of the Great Recession. For 25 years, the labor-community coalition Jobs with Justice (JwJ) has endured the brutal vagar ... more
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Good White People: The Problem with Middle-Class White Anti-Racism by Shannon Sullivan - £21.50
Building on her book Revealing Whiteness, Shannon Sullivan identifies a constellation of attitudes common among well-meaning white liberals that she sums up as “white middle-class goodness,” an orientation she critiques for being more concerned with ... more
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Revolution By Love: Emerging Arab Youth Voices by Dala Ghandour, Emna Ben Yedder, Mohammed Masbah and Steve Parks (Editors) - £14.99
Beginning in Tunisia and spreading across the Middle East and North Africa, everyday citizens stepped into the streets, staking their claim to a democratic future. The image of these protests captured the imagination of the world. Revolution by Love ... more
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Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Mutiny by Laurie Penny - £12.99
‘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 ... more
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Independence: An Argument for Home Rule by Alasdair Gray - £9.99
Gray argues that a truly independent Scotland will only ever exist when people in every home, school, croft, farm, workshop, factory, island, glen, town and city feel that they too are at the centre of the world.   Independence asks whether w ... more
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Harry's Last Stand: How the World My Generation Built is Falling Down, and What We Can Do to Save It by Harry Leslie Smith - £12.99
‘As one of the last remaining survivors of the Great Depression and the Second World War, I will not go gently into that good night. I want to tell you what the world looks like through my eyes, so that you can help change it...’  In November ... more
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Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War to End Apartheid by Alan Wieder - £16.99
Ruth First and Joe Slovo, husband and wife, were leaders of the war to end apartheid in South Africa. Communists, scholars, parents, and uncompromising militants, they were the perfect enemies for the white police state. Together they were swept up i ... more
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Profiting without Producing: How Finance Exploits Us All by Costas Lapavitsas - £20.00
Financialization is one of the most innovative concepts to emerge in the field of political economy in the last three decades, although there is no agreement on what exactly it is. Profiting Without Producing defines financialization in terms of the ... more
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Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion by Ryan Conrad (Editor) - £11.50
Does gay marriage support the right-wing goal of linking access to basic human rights like health care and economic security to an inherently conservative tradition?  Will the ability of queers to fight in wars of imperialism help liberate and ... more
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Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson by Barbara Ransby - £16.99
Won Honorable Mention for the 2013 Southern California Book Festival, in the Biography/Autobiography category, sponored by JM Northern Media LLC.   Won an Honorable Mention for the 2013 New England Book Festival given by the JM Northern Media ... more
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Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence by James Foley and Pete Ramand - £12.00
The United Kingdom faces a historic turning point in 2014. A 'Yes' vote in the referendum on Scottish independence would see the break-up of the 300-year-old union, adding a constitutional crisis to a deep economic crisis.   An accessible pole ... more
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Blacks in and Out of the Left by Michael C. Dawson - £18.95
The radical black left that played a crucial role in twentieth-century struggles for equality and justice has largely disappeared. Michael Dawson investigates the causes and consequences of the decline of black radicalism as a force in American polit ... more
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The Battle for Justice in Palestine by Ali Abunimah - £12.99
Efforts to achieve a “two-state solution” have finally collapsed; the struggle for justice in Palestine is at a crossroads. As Israel and its advocates lurch toward greater extremism, many ask where the struggle is headed.  This book offers a clear a ... more
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Pranksters: Making Mischief in the Modern World by Kembrew McLeod - £18.99
From Benjamin Franklin's newspaper hoax that faked the death of his rival to Abbie Hoffman’s attempt to levitate the Pentagon, pranksters, hoaxers, and con artists have caused confusion, disorder, and laughter in Western society for centuries. Profil ... more
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The European Union: A Very Short Introduction by John Pinder and Simon Usherwood - £7.99
Since the second edition of this popular Very Short Introduction published in 2007, the world has faced huge economic and political change. Showing how and why the EU has developed from 1950 to the present day, John Pinder and Simon Usherwood cover a ... more
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The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay by Jess Bravin - £12.99
A Publishers Weekly Top-Ten Political Book Pick   Named one of the top books of the year (2013) by the Kansas City Star   Washington Post Notable Nonfiction of 2013   Winner of the 2013 American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award ... more
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North Korea: State of Paranoia by Paul French - £12.99
North Korea continues to make headlines, arousing curiosity and fear in equal measure. The world’s most secretive nuclear power, it still has Gulag-style prison camps, allows no access to the Internet and bans its people from talking to foreigners wi ... more
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