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Mad Men and Bad Men: What Happened When British Politics Met Advertising by Sam Delaney - £9.99
How did a bunch of unelected, unaccountable admen end up running British politics?   Sam Delaney wanted to find out more about the strange relationship between British politics and advertising. What happened when a rag-tag band of scruffs and smart ... more
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This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War by Samanth Subramanian - £9.99
SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE 2015  In the summer of 2009, the leader of the dreaded Tamil Tiger guerrillas was killed, bringing to a bloody end the stubborn and complicated civil war in Sri Lanka. For nearly thirty years, the wa ... more
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Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg: 100 Days as a Prisoner of Putin by Ben Stewart - £9.99
There is a saying in Russian jails. Never ne boysya ne prosi: don't trust, don't fear, don't beg. Don't trust because life here will always disappoint you. Don't fear because whatever you're scared of, you are powerless to prevent it. And don't beg b ... more
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Annihilation of Caste by B.R. Ambedkar, edited by S. Anand, with an introduction by Arundhati Roy - £12.99
The classic analysis of the caste system with an extensive introduction by Arundhati Roy.   B.R. Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste is one of the most important, yet neglected, works of political writing from India. Written in 1936, it is an audaci ... more
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The Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz by Aaron Swartz - £15.99
The writings of the computer genius and Internet hacktivist whose tragic suicide shook the world.  In January 2013, Aaron Swartz, under arrest and threatened with thirty-five years’ imprisonment, committed suicide. He was twenty-six. But in his shor ... more
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Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs by Johann Hari - £9.99
Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. And the war on drugs is not what we see on our TV screens.   In Chasing the Scream, Johann Hari shares his discoveries through the riveting true stories he uncovered ... more
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Corbyn's Campaign by Tom Unterrainer (Editor) - £7.95
With contributions from Umaar Kazmi, Abi Rhodes, Ben Sellers, Christine Shawcroft, Tony Simpson, Nadia Whittome, Adele Williams, Chris Williamson, plus Jeremy Corbyn Defying all expectations, Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour Leader with a resou ... more
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Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora by Yasir Suleiman - £16.99
"These thoughtful, poignant reflections bring forth vividly some of the human dimensions of one of the great tragedies of current history, the forced dispossession of Palestinians from their homeland."(Noam Chomsky) "This handsome collection speak ... more
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Lean Out by Dawn Foster - £8.99
A Guardian Politics and Social Affairs Columnist Urges Women to “Lean Out” “If 1% Are Leaning In, What are the Other 99% Supposed to Do?”  The backlash against Sheryl Sandberg’s business advice book, Lean In, began before it was even publish ... more
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City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World's Largest Refugee Camp by Ben Rawlence - £14.99
To the charity workers, Dadaab refugee camp is a humanitarian crisis; to the Kenyan government, it is a 'nursery for terrorists'; to the western media, it is a dangerous no-go area; but to its half a million residents, it is their last resort.   ... more
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The New Threat from Islamic Militancy by Jason Burke - £9.99
In The New Threat renowned expert and prize-winning reporter Jason Burke provides the clearest and most comprehensive guide to Islamic militancy today.   From Syria to Somalia, from Libya to Indonesia, from Yemen to the capitals of Europe, Isl ... more
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Human Cargo: A Journey Among Refugees by Caroline Moorehead - £10.99
A new edition of this seminal book, now with a new introduction by the author on the current crisis.  How can society cope with the diaspora of the twenty-first century? Is there a difference between ‘good’ asylum seekers and ‘bad’ economic mig ... more
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Academics in Action! A Model for Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Service by S.L. Barnes, L.Brinkley-Rubinstein, B. Doykos, N.C. Martin and A. McGuire (Eds) - £24.99
The academy is often described as an ivory tower, isolated from the community surrounding it. Presenting the theory, vision, and implementation of a socially engaged program for the Department of Human and Organizational Development (HOD) in Peabody’ ... more
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1916: Ireland's Revolutionary Tradition by Kieran Allen - £12.99
A few minutes after noon on the 24th April, 1916, Patrick Pearse stepped outside the newly occupied GPO on Sackville Street with a copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Reading aloud, he declared a strike for Irish freedom against the world ... more
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Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War by Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami - £14.99
In 2011, many Syrians took to the streets of Damascus to demand the overthrow of the government of Bashar al-Assad. Today, much of Syria has become a warzone where foreign journalists find it almost impossible to report on life in this devastated lan ... more
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Paul Robeson: The Artist as Revolutionary by Gerald Horne - £12.99
A world-famous singer and actor, a trained lawyer, an early star of American professional football and a polyglot who spoke over a dozen languages. These could be the crowning achievements of a life well-lived, yet for Paul Robeson the higher calling ... more
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Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia by Peter Pomerantsev - £8.99
A journey into the glittering, surreal heart of 21st century Russia: into the lives of Hells Angels convinced they are messiahs, professional killers with the souls of artists, bohemian theatre directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, supermodel sect ... more
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A Diet of Austerity: Class, Food and Climate Change by Elaine Graham-Leigh - £12.99
How and why the working class are being blamed for climate change, and what we can do about it.   Received wisdom is increasingly that we all have to eat less to save the planet, but received wisdom is wrong. A Diet of Austerity argues that, j ... more
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Swallow This: Serving Up the Food Industry's Darkest Secrets by Joanna Blythman - £8.99
Even with 25 years experience as a journalist and investigator of the food chain, Joanna Blythman still felt she had unanswered questions about the food we consume every day. How ‘natural’ is the process for making a ‘natural’ flavouring? What, exact ... more
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Over Land, Over Sea: Poems for Those Seeking Refuge by Kathleen Bell, Emma Lee and Siobhan Logan (Editors) - £9.99
An anthology of 102 poems expressing solidarity with the refugees who are currently receiving so little welcome as they take to boats and rafts to cross the Mediterranean and make their way with difficulty through Europe. Readers are invited to take ... more
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The 'R' Word by Kurt Barling - £9.99
Race and racism remain an inescapable part of the lives of black people. Daily slights, often rooted in fears and misperceptions of the ‘other’, still damage lives. But does race matter as much as it used to? Many argue that the post-racial society i ... more
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Improper Names: Collective Pseudonyms from the Luddites to Anonymous by Marco Deseriis - £20.00
The first comprehensive analysis of the shared pseudonym, a collective strategy to build symbolic power that challenges established forms of political and aesthetic representation.   Bridging gaps among the history of the labor movement, cinema stu ... more
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This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror by Moustafa Bayoumi - £13.99
Over the last few years, Moustafa Bayoumi has been an extra in Sex and the City 2 playing a generic Arab, a terrorist suspect (or at least his namesake “Mustafa Bayoumi” was) in a detective novel, the subject of a trumped-up controversy because a boo ... more
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Fortress Europe: Inside the War Against Immigration by Matthew Carr - £9.99
When the Berlin Wall crumbled in 1989, a euphoric continent hailed the advent of a new ‘borderless’ Europe in which such barriers would become obsolete. More than twenty-five years later, in the midst of the continent’s worst refugee crisis since Wor ... more
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The Adventures of a Happy Homosexual by Terry Sanderson - £8.99
In this funny, warm and touching book Terry Sanderson reveals how he – the most unwilling and unlikely of activists - honed his skills as a campaigner at the very beginning of the struggle for gay rights in Britain. But this is more than just the sto ... more
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Snowden by Ted Rall - £11.99
As many as 1.4 million citizens with security clearance saw some or all of the same documents that would later be leaked by Edward Snowden. Why did he, and no one else, decide to step forward and take on the risks associated with becoming a whistlebl ... more
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The Grandmothers' Movement: Solidarity and Survival in the Time of AIDS by May Chazan - £20.99
At the height of the African AIDS crisis older women mobilized across two continents and an ocean of difference to change the lives of innumerable African women confronting insecurity, violence, grief, and illness.   In 2006 the Stephen Lewis Foun ... more
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Project Fear: How an Unlikely Alliance Left a Kingdom United But a Country Divided by Joe Pike - £12.99
It was a unique and bizarre moment in British political history: the three main Westminster parties working together to prevent the break-up of the United Kingdom. Yet despite sustaining a defeat that caused the resignation of Scotland’s longest-serv ... more
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Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class by Immanuel Ness - £16.99
The site of industrial struggle is shifting. The West needs to look further if it wants to understand how workers’ self-organisation is developing in countries it too often ignores. Across the Global South, peasant communities are forced off the land ... more
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I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb - £7.99
The highly anticipated memoir of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl from Pakistan's Swat region who stood up to the Taliban.  I come from a country which was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.   When the Taliban to ... more
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Easter 1916: The Irish Rebellion by Charles Townshend - £10.99
Ireland's Easter Rising of 1916 transformed millions of lives and created its own powerful mythology. This remarkable book vividly recreates this extraordinary time when, as Irish insurgents rose up and occupied Dublin, as British artillery retaliat ... more
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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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