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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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Here We Stand: Women Changing the World by Helena Earnshaw and Angharad Penrhyn Jones (Editors) - £10.99
"A beautiful and necessary book full of passion, humour, encouragement, information and hope. This is the kind of writing that saves lives."(A.L. Kennedy, novelist)A fascinating and unique anthology about contemporary women campaigners and how they w ... more
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How Capitalism Failed the Arab World by Richard Javad Heydarian - £12.99
Economic liberalization has failed in the Arab world. Instead of ushering in economic dynamism and precipitating democratic reform, it has over the last three decades resulted in greater poverty, rising income inequality and sky-rocketing rates of yo ... more
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The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm's Way by Alice Walker - £12.99
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Color Purple, stunning new meditations on the intersections of spirituality and politics. "A lavishly gifted writer."(The New York Times) In her newest collection of wide-ranging meditations on ... more
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Austerity Bites: A Journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK by Mary O'Hara - £15.99
After coming to power in May 2010, the Coalition government in the United Kingdom embarked on a drastic programme of cuts to public spending and introduced a raft of austerity measures that had profoundly damaging effects on much of the population. T ... more
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Pink Sari Revolution: A Tale of Women and Power in the Badlands of India by Amana Fontanella-Khan - £8.99
A Radio 4 Book of the Week.   When Sheelu was arrested for stealing from a powerful politician in the notoriously crooked region of Uttar Pradesh, she was sure that she would be forced to accept a prison sentence, not least because she had alleged ... more
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Eleanor Marx: A Life by Rachel Holmes - £25.00
Unrestrained by convention, lion-hearted and free, Eleanor Marx (1855-98) was an exceptional woman. Hers was the first English translation of Flaubert’s Mme Bovary. She pioneered the theatre of Henrik Ibsen. She was the first woman to lead the Britis ... more
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Ad-Liberation by Sai Murray - £8.99
Sai Murray follows in the committed political footsteps of Gil Scott-Heron, Adrian Mitchell and Linton Kwesi Johnson, while delighting in the kind of punk wordplay that brought fame to John Cooper Clarke. His dramatic performances have earned him an ... more
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His Day is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute by Maya Angelou - £12.99
He was a son of Africa who became father to a nation and, for billions of people around the world, a beacon of hope, courage, and perseverance in the face of opposition. Now, acclaimed poet Maya Angelou honors the life and remarkable soul of Nelson M ... more
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Until Our Blood is Dry by Kit Habianic - £10.00
Up ahead, Helen saw the police line harden into a barricade of bodies and shields. Resin batons thudded on Perspex shields; slow, thuggish, brutal. Goosebumps studded her arms and legs. Her pace slowed to the truncheons’ beat. Mary halted a yard from ... more
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Here I Am: The Story of Tim Hetherington, War Photographer by Alan Huffman - £9.99
"I don’t think I fully understood how brave my good friend Tim Hetherington was until reading these pages. Not only does Huffman bring Tim back to life — his brilliant work, his extraordinary vision — but he also leads us through some of the most har ... more
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Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, translated by Arthur Goldhammer - £29.95
What are the grand dynamics that drive the accumulation and distribution of capital? Questions about the long-term evolution of inequality, the concentration of wealth, and the prospects for economic growth lie at the heart of political economy. But ... more
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We are Going to Kill Each Other Today: The Marikana Story by T. Jika, S. Mosamo, L. Sadiki, A. Saba, F.Dlangamandla and L. Ledwaba - £15.95
On 16 August 2012 the most shocking carnage in South Africa’s recent history occurred in the platinum mining town of Rustenburg: the Marikana shooting that left 34 striking miners dead.   This book tells the story behind the newspaper headlin ... more
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On Anarchism by Noam Chomsky - £6.00
On Anarchism offers a vital overview of the foundations of Noam Chomsky's thought, focussing in particular on his constant questioning of the legitimacy of entrenched power. The book gathers his essays and interviews to provide a short, accessible in ... more
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The Road to Independence: Scotland in the Balance by Murray Pittock, with a Foreword by Alex Salmond - £14.95
Is the United Kingdom really as united as its name might suggest? For many people in the UK, increasing nationalism in Scotland raises serious questions about what the UK is, and where its future lies. In The Road to Independence?, now available in a ... more
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What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife? A Memoir by David Harris-Gershon - £12.99
David Harris-Gershon and his wife, Jamie, moved to Jerusalem full of hope. Then, mere days after Israel thwarted historic cease-fire negotiations among the Palestinians, a bomb ripped open Hebrew University’s cafeteria. Jamie’s body was sliced with s ... more
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