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The State Is Out of Date: We Can Do It Better by Gregory Sams - £14.99
Does anyone really think that politics is working?   Living in peace and harmony is a more natural condition than what we experience in today's conflict-driven world. We are community animals with built-in empathy, organizing best from the bot ... more
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Everybody Matters: A Memoir by Mary Robinson - £8.99
Moving memoir from the first female President of Ireland, and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson. Shortlisted for the Political Book Awards 2013 Political Book of the Year   The first woman President of Ireland, ... more
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What Money Can't Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael Sandel - £8.99
Should we financially reward children for good marks? Is it ethical to pay people to donate organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars, outsourcing inmates to for-profit prisons or selling citizenship? In recent decades, market values ha ... more
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Introducing Fascism: A Graphic Guide by Stuart Hood and Litza Jansz - £6.99
Did Fascism end with the Allied victory over the Axis powers in 1945, or has it been lying dormant and is now re-awakening as we move into the 21st century? Introducing Fascism trace the origins of Fascism in 19th-century traditions of ultra-conserva ... more
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Power Systems by Noam Chomsky - £9.99
Power Systems is a searing collection of new insights from the mind of Noam Chomsky, the world's most prolific public intellectual and author of the best-selling Failed States, Hopes and Prospects and Occupy.   In this new collection of conversat ... more
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Inventing Peace: A Dialogue on Perception by Wim Wenders and Mary Zournazi - £14.99
Inventing Peace revolves around the question of how we look at the world, but do not see it when there is so much war, injustice, suffering and violence. What are the ethical and moral consequences of looking, but not seeing, and, most of all, what h ... more
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Command and Control by Eric Schlosser - £25.00
From famed investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, comes Command and Control - a ground-breaking account of the management of nuclear weapons.   A ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary he ... more
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In the Shadow of the Rising Dragon: Stories of Repression in the New China by Xu Youyu and Hua Ze (Editors) - £10.99
Over the last decade China has undergone a transformation. After the dark days of the Cultural Revolution, it has emerged as one of the twenty-first century’s most powerful economies, with millions of citizens now entering the middle class. Yet, desp ... more
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Race, Racism and Social Work: Contemporary Issues and Debates by Michael Lavalette, Laura Penketh - £24.99
Without a doubt, structural and institutionalised racism is still present in Britain and Europe, a factor that social work education and training has been slow to acknowledge.  In this timely new book, Lavalette and Penketh reveal that racism to ... more
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Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by Clayborne Carson - £10.99
On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flocked to the nation’s capital for the March on Washington. That day Clayborne Carson, a 19-year-old black student from a working-class family in New Mexico who had hitched a ride to Washing ... more
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Utopia or Bust by Benjamin Kunkel - £8.99
"For anyone who cares about historical necessity, the crisis of capitalism, and our fate."(Rachel Kushner) After the financial crash and the Great Recession, the media rediscovered Karl Marx, socialist theory, and the very idea that capitalism can ... more
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The Rebellious Life of Mrs Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis - £15.99
The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement.   When Rosa Parks died in October 2005, she became the first woman and ... more
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The Enemy Within: The Secret War Against the Miners by Seumas Milne - £12.99
Margaret Thatcher branded the leaders of the 1984–85 miners' strike "the enemy within."   In this classic account, Seumas Milne reveals the astonishing lengths to which her government and its intelligence machine were prepared to go to destro ... more
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Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made by Richard Seymour - £12.99
Five years into capitalism's deepest crisis, which has led to cuts and economic pain across the world, Against Austerity addresses a puzzling aspect of the current conjuncture: why are the rich still getting away with it? Why is protest so ephemeral? ... more
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Protest, Inc: The Corporatization of Activism by Peter Dauvergne and Genevieve LeBaron - £15.99
Mass protests have raged since the global financial crisis of 2008. Across the world students and workers and environmentalists are taking to the streets. Discontent is seething even in the wealthiest countries, as the world saw with Occupy Wall Stre ... more
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An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions by Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen - £10.99
From two of India's leading economists, Jean Drèze (Hunger and Public Action) and Nobel Prize-winner Amartya Sen (The Idea of Justice), An Uncertain Glory is a passionate, considered argument for the need for a greater understanding of inequalities i ... more
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The New Urban Question by Andy Merrifield - £15.00
The New Urban Question is an exuberant and illuminating adventure through our current global urban condition, tracing the connections between radical urban theory and political activism.   From Haussmann’s attempts to use urban planning to rid ... more
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Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country by Patrick Tyler - £12.99
'Israel, six decades after its founding, remains a nation in thrall to an original martial impulse.'   Born of idealism, under David Ben Gurion and his protégés Dayan, Sharon and Peres, Israel came to prioritize security at all costs, and to ... more
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The Cancer Stage of Capitalism: From Crisis to Cure by John McMurtry - £21.99
The Cancer Stage of Capitalism is a modern classic of critical philosophy and political economy, renowned for its depth and comprehensive research. It provides a step by step diagnosis of the continuing economic collapse in the US and Europe and has ... more
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Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup Against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973 by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera - £20.00
On 11 September 1973, President Salvador Allende of Chile, Latin America's first democratically elected Marxist president, was deposed in a violent coup d'etat. Early that morning the phone lines to Allende's office were cut, army officers loyal to t ... more
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The Russian Revolution: A Beginner's Guide by Abraham Ascher - £9.99
When the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917 the world held its breath. Here suddenly was the first modern socialist state, 'a kingdom more bright that any heaven had to offer'. But the dream was short lived and the following decades of internal struggle ... more
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Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields - £11.99
Tackling the myth of a post-racial society.  Most people assume that racism grows from a perception of human difference: the fact of race gives rise to the practice of racism. Sociologist Karen E. Fields and historian Barbara J. Fields argue ot ... more
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Undercover: The True Story of Britain's Secret Police by Paul Lewis and Rob Evans - £8.99
The gripping stories of a group of police spies - written by the award-winning investigative journalists who exposed the Mark Kennedy scandal - and the uncovering of forty years of state espionage.   The job of the clandestine unit was to monitor B ... more
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Cancel The Apocalypse: The New Path to Prosperity by Andrew Simms - £10.99
A fascinating look at a world in which we have become obsessed with economic growth at the expense of quality of life - and what we can do to change.  Ever get the feeling that things are falling apart? You're not alone. From bad banks to globa ... more
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Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life by Vivian Gornick - £10.99
Finalist for the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in the Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir category, as given by the Jewish Book Council.   Honorable Mention in the Biography/Autobiography category at the Los Angeles Book Festival.   ... more
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The Muslims are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani - £14.99
Death came instantly to Imam Luqman, as four FBI agents fired semiautomatic rifles at him from a few feet away. Another sixty officers surrounded the building on that October morning, the culmination of a two-year undercover investigation that had in ... more
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Investment in Blood: The True Cost of Britain's Afghan War by Frank Ledwidge - £18.99
In this follow-up to his much-praised book Losing Small Wars: British Military Failure in Iraq and Afghanistan, Frank Ledwidge argues that Britain has paid a heavy cost – both financially and in human terms – for its involvement in the Afghanistan wa ... more
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Anarchy, Geography, Modernity: Selected Writings of Elisee Reclus by Elisée Reclus - £16.99
Anarchy, Geography, Modernity is the first comprehensive introduction to the thought of Elisée Reclus, the great anarchist geographer and political theorist. It shows him to be an extraordinary figure for his age. Not only an anarchist but also a rad ... more
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Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown by Philip Mirowski - £20.00
After the financial apocalypse, neoliberalism rose from the dead — stronger than ever.  At the onset of the Great Recession, as house prices sank and joblessness soared, many commentators concluded that the economic convictions behind the disaster w ... more
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The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell - £8.99
A searing account of George Orwell's observations of working-class life in the bleak industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire in the 1930s, The Road to Wigan Pier is a brilliant and bitter polemic that has lost none of its political impact ... more
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Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror by Victoria Brittain - £14.99
Shadow Lives reveals the unseen side of the '9/11 wars': their impact on the wives and families of men incarcerated in Guantanamo, or in prison or under house arrest in Britain and the US. Victoria Brittain shows how these families have been made soc ... more
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Gandhi: A Political and Spiritual Life by Kathryn Tidrick - £12.99
A major reinterpretation of Gandhi’s life, politics, religion and nation.  Throughout his long and turbulent career as a political leader, first in South Africa and then in India, Gandhi sought to fulfil his religious aspirations through politi ... more
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All That is Solid: The Great Housing Disaster by Danny Dorling - £20.00
Housing was at the heart of the financial collapse, and our economy is now precariously reliant on the housing market. In this groundbreaking new book, Danny Dorling argues that housing is the defining issue of our times.  Tracing how we got to ... more
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Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Masha Gessen - £9.99
On February 21st 2012, five members of an obscure feminist post-punk collective called Pussy Riot staged a performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Dressed in their trademark brightly coloured dresses and balaclavas, the women perform ... more
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"In a Single Garment of Destiny": A Global Vision of Justice by Martin Luther King Jr., Edited and Introduced by Lewis V. Baldwin - £13.99
An unprecedented and timely collection that captures the global vision of Dr. King — in his own words.   Too many people continue to think of Dr. King only as "a southern civil rights leader" or "an American Gandhi," thus ignoring his impact o ... more
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House of Fun: 20 Glorious Years in Parliament by Simon Hoggart - £9.99
Read about how John Major learned the English language from his time in Nigeria. There is Tony Blair, with his verb-free sentences which imply everything and promise nothing. Gordon Brown, the grumpiest prime minister of recent years, both Stalin and ... more
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Africa's Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent by Adekeye Adebajo - £14.99
As Africa and its diaspora commemorate fifty years of post-independence Pan-Africanism, this unique volume provides profound insight into the thirteen prominent individuals of African descent who have won the Nobel Peace Prize since 1950.   From th ... more
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Kicking the Kremlin: Russia's New Dissidents and the Battle to Topple Putin by Marc Bennetts - £11.99
An astonishing journey through Russia’s new protest movement.   As 2011 came to a close, in what was a watershed moment, 100,000 took to Moscow’s freezing streets to protest the election victory of United Russia – Vladimir Putin’s party – amid ... more
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Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding - £12.99
Edward Snowden, a young computer genius working for America's National Security Agency, blew the whistle on the way this powerful organisation uses new technology to spy on the entire planet. The spies call it "mastering the internet". This title tel ... more
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Austerity: The Great Failure by Florian Schui - £16.99
Austerity is at the center of political debates today. Its defenders praise it as a panacea that will prepare the ground for future growth and stability. Critics insist it will precipitate a vicious cycle of economic decline, possibly leading to poli ... more
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Writing Revolution: The Voices from Tunis to Damascus by Matthew Cassel, Layla Al-Zubaidi and Nemonie Craven Roderick (Editors) - £12.99
From Cairo to Damascus and from Tunisia to Bahrain, Layla Al-Zubaidi and Matthew Cassel have brought together some of the most exciting new writing born out of revolution in the Arab world. This is a remarkable collection of testimony, entirely compo ... more
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The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money by Brett Scott - £12.99
Popular anger against the financial system has never been higher, yet the practical workings of the system remain opaque to many people. The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance aims to bridge the gap between protest slogans and practical proposals for ... more
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In Place of Fear II: A Socialist Programme for an Independent Scotland by Jim Sillar - £4.95
Jim Sillars argues convincingly that the referendum gives the Scottish people the power to create a better country, helps renew our belief in socialism as the answer to the economic and social crisis facing the country, and challenges the idea in the ... more
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Prelude to Revolution: France in May 1968 by Daniel Singer - £14.99
An essential history of the May 1968 upheaval in France — and how it changed the world.   Prelude to Revolution is the indispensable study of May 1968. Generations have looked to this book for inspiration. Singer, who died in 2000, was widely ... more
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Blowing Up Russia: The Secret Plot to Bring Back KGB Power by Alexander Litvinenko, with Yuri Felshtinksy - £8.99
Vividly written and based on Litvinenko's 20 years of insider's knowledge of Russian spy campaigns, Blowing up Russia describes how the successor of the KGB fabricated terrorist attacks and launched war to have the unknown Putin - Litvinenko's former ... more
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Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone and the World Economic Crisis by Christos Laskos and Euclid Tsakalotos - £15.99
Crucible of Resistance seeks to challenge the mainstream account of the 'Greek Crisis' and situate it within a broader regional context and ultimately a critique of the world economic system.   Christos Laskos and Euclid Tsakalotos argue that ... more
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Austerity Ireland: The Failure of Irish Capitalism by Kieran Allen and Brian O' Boyle - £14.99
Ireland has been marketed as the poster boy of EU austerity. EU elites and neoliberal commentators claim that the country’s ability to suffer economic pain will attract investors and generate a recovery.   In Austerity Ireland, Kieran Allen ch ... more
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America's Deadliest Export: Democracy - The Truth About US Foreign Policy and Everything Else by William Blum - £12.99
For over sixty-five years, the United States war machine has been on automatic pilot. Since World War II we have been conditioned to believe that America's motives in 'exporting' democracy are honorable, even noble.  In this startling and provoc ... more
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Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Blyth - £16.99
Conservatives in America have succeeded in casting government spending as useless profligacy that has made their economy worse, centering the policy debate in the wake of the financial crisis on draconian budget cuts. Americans are told that they nee ... more
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Art and Politics: A Small History of Art for Social Change Since 1945 by Claudia Mesch - £16.99
Contemporary art is increasingly concerned with swaying the opinions of its viewier. To do so, the art employs various strategies to convey a political message. This book provides readers with the tools to decode and appreciate political art, a cruci ... more
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Utopia as Method: The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society by Ruth Levitas - £19.99
In this major new work by one of the leading writers on Utopian Studies, Ruth Levitas argues that a prospective future of ecological and economic crises poses a challenge to the utopian imaginary, to conceive a better world and alternative future. &n ... more
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