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The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution by Patrick Cockburn - £9.99
The essential “on the ground” report on the fastest-growing new threat in the Middle East from the Winner of the 2014 Foreign Affairs Journalist of The Year Award   Out of the failures of Iraq and Afghanistan, the Arab Spring and Syria, a new ... more
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Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain by Lisa McKenzie - £14.99
While the 1% rule, poor neighbourhoods have become the subject of public concern and media scorn, blamed for society's ills. This unique book redresses the balance.  Lisa Mckenzie lived on the St Ann’s estate in Nottingham for more than 20 years ... more
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Totalled: Salvaging the Future from the Wreckage of Capitalism by Colin Cremin - £14.99
In this book, Colin Cremin tackles the overbearing truth that capitalism encompasses the totality of our societal relations, weaving deep into the fabric of all that it means to be human. He shows how it is a system that totalises and which has upend ... more
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Conscientious Objection: Bertrand Russell and the Pacifists in the First World War by Jo Vellacott - £14.99
"Jo Vellacott’s excellent book is a model of careful scholarship, clear and lively writing, and the choice of a subject that matters deeply. One hundred years on, it’s high time we honored those who had the courage to speak out against the madness of ... more
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The Fascist Party in Wales? Plaid Cymru, Welsh Nationalism and the Accusation of Fascism by Richard Wyn Jones - £12.99
For decades, otherwise highly respected figures in Welsh life have repeatedly claimed that Welsh nationalists sympathised with Fascism during the dark days of the 1930s and the Second World War.  In this path-breaking book, Wales's leading polit ... more
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Land and Labour: Marxism, Ecology and Human History by Martin Empson - £13.99
Martin Empson draws on a Marxist understanding of history to grapple with the contradictory potential of our relationship with our environment. In so doing he shows that human action is key, both to the destruction of nature and to the possibility of ... more
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Turning Money into Rebellion: The Unlikely Story of Denmark's Revolutionary Bank Robbers by Gabriel Kuhn - £14.99
Blekingegade is a quiet Copenhagen street. It is also where, in May 1989, the police discovered an apartment that had served Denmark’s most notorious twentieth-century bank robbers as a hideaway for years. The Blekingegade Group members belonged to a ... more
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Remapping 'Crisis': A Guide to Athens by Myrto Tsilimpounidi and Aylwyn Walsh - £15.99
In periods of intense crisis the pressing need to take sides comes to the surface and trumps neutrality. The claim to objectivity, always a little problematic, can no longer be sustained, and becomes itself a ground of confrontation as the conflicts ... more
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Constructed Situations: A New History of the Situationist International by Frances Stracey - £16.99
The Situationist International were a group of anti-authoritarian, highly cultured, revolutionary artists whose energy and enragement fundamentally shaped the revolutions of the late 1960’s, most famously in Paris in May ‘68. They took on their shoul ... more
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Philosophical Anarchism and Political Obligation by Magda Egoumenides - £19.99
Political obligation refers to the moral obligation of citizens to obey the law of their state and to the existence, nature, and justification of a special relationship between a government and its constituents. This volume in the Contemporary Anarch ... more
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Feeding Frenzy: The New Politics of Food by Paul McMahon - £8.99
A passionate argument that asks 'can the world feed itself?' Comparable to Jared Diamond in its compelling and accessible narrative style.   This subject is as big as they come: the world's food supply.   Written for a popular audience, ... more
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Look Back in Anger: The Miners' Strike in Nottinghamshire 30 Years On by Harry Paterson - £9.99
The scars left by the 1984/85 "Great Strike for Jobs" are still raw in Nottinghamshire, thirty years later. There, the majority of the National Union of Mineworkers did not support their union, working throughout the strike, later forming the breakaw ... more
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PolyluxMarx: An Illustrated Guide to Studying Capital by V. Bruschi, A. Muzzupappa, S. Nuss, A. Stecklner and I. Stütz - £15.99
The Great Recession, triggered by the collapse of financial markets in 2008, struck with such ferocity that millions of people began to question the rationality of our capitalist economic system. And as scholars, journalists, and activists tried to c ... more
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The IRA 1956-69: Rethinking the Republic by Matt Treacy - £13.99
While there have been many books written about the IRA since 1916, comparatively little attention has been paid to the organisation during the 1960s, despite the fact that the internal divisions culminating in the 1969 split are often seen as key to ... more
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Strike for America by Micah Uetricht - £8.99
The Chicago Teachers Union strike was the most important domestic labor struggle so far this century — and perhaps for the last forty years — and the strongest challenge to the conservative agenda for restructuring education, which advocates for more ... more
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From Deptford to Antarctica by Pete Wilkinson - £14.99
Pete Wilkinson helped establish Friends of the Earth, leaving after three years. In order to allow his his natural campaigning flair to flourish he then joined Greenpeace UK. He was a co-founding member and became a central figure in the UK’s embryon ... more
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After Israel: Towards Cultural Transformation by Marcelo Svirsky - £19.99
In this unique new contribution, Marcelo Svirsky asserts that no political solution currently on offer can provide the cultural marrow necessary to effect a transformation of modes of being and ways of life in the State of Israel. Controversially ... more
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Notes from the End of History: A Memoir of the Left in Wales by Philip Bounds - £14.95
After the collapse of the Soviet Union it was widely believed that Marxists would be all but extinct by the year 2000. Humanity, wrote Francis Fukuyama, had come to the "end of history". All thoughts of finding an alternative to capitalism could be f ... more
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Undoing Border Imperialism by Harsha Walia - £12.00
Undoing Border Imperialism combines academic discourse, lived experiences of displacement, and movement-based practices into an exciting new book. By reformulating immigrant rights movements within a transnational analysis of capitalism, labor exploi ... more
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Why We Can't Afford the Rich by Andrew Sayer - £19.99
As inequalities widen and the effects of austerity deepen, in many countries the wealth of the rich has soared. Why we can’t afford the rich exposes the unjust and dysfunctional mechanisms that allow the top 1% to siphon off wealth produced by others ... more
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SOS Alternatives to Capitalism by Richard Swift - £9.99
Financial collapse and crisis; disgust at bankers’ greed; the devastating effects of yawning inequality: all these and more have led to widespread dissatisfaction and disenchantment with capitalism. People are crying out for an alternative but are co ... more
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Reading Revolution: Shakespeare on Robben Island by Ashwin Desai - £13.99
"Somehow, Shakespeare always seems to have something to say to us."(Nelson Mandela) The prison authorities on apartheid South Africa's Robben Island strictly censored the reading materials inmates received from the outside world. Yet, the prisoner ... more
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The Black Panthers Speak by Philip S. Foner (Editor) - £14.99
From its founding by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966 to contemporary attempts to censor its history and revise its significance, the Black Panther Pary has aroused fear, hope, misunderstanding, pride, vilification, and government-sponsored rep ... more
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Realizing Hope: Life Beyond Capitalism by Michael Albert - £12.99
Something is profoundly wrong with capitalist globalization, as neo-liberal policies continue to vastly increase the disparity between rich and poor. 'What is the alternative?' is a question challenging activists around the world.  Michael Alber ... more
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Cairo: Memoir of a City Transformed by Ahdaf Soueif - £8.99
Ahdaf Soueif was born and brought up in Cairo. When the Egyptian Revolution of 2011 erupted on January 25th, she, along with thousands of others, called Tahrir Square home for eighteen days. She reported for the world's media and did, like everyone e ... more
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Languages of the Unheard: Why Militant Protest is Good for Democracy by Stephen D - £14.99
Martin Luther King once insisted that 'a riot is the language of the unheard.' Since 2011 swathes of protest, rebellion, and rioting have covered the globe. A new, disenfranchised generation is fighting for its voice as once again scores of police li ... more
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Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Culture and Resistance in a Post-Crash World by Max Haiven - £14.99
Today, when it seems like everything has been privatized, when austerity is too often seen as an economic or political problem that can be solved through better policy, and when the idea of moral values has been commandeered by the right, how can we ... more
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The Theory of Monopoly Capitalism: An Elaboration of Marxian Political Economy by John Bellamy Foster - £17.99
In 1966, Paul Baran and Paul Sweezy published Monopoly Capital, a monumental work of economic theory and social criticism that sought to reveal the basic nature of the capitalism of their time. Their theory, and its continuing elaboration by Sweezy, ... more
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Liberation Diaries: Reflections on 20 Years of Democracy by Busani Ngcaweni (Editor) - £18.95
Liberation Diaries is a compilation of 38 essays written by South Africans reflecting on the journey of 20 years of democracy, against expectations, aspirations and outcomes.  Contributors were asked to reflect on what freedom means to them in t ... more
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The Open Tribe by Sue Goss - £14.99
This book asks whether or not it is possible to combine the values of solidarity and belonging with curiosity and openness towards difference. Is it possible to create an ‘Open Tribe’?   As markets become global, and social welfare is cut back ... more
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Peace: A Very Short Introduction by Oliver Richmond - £7.99
* Provides a succinct analysis of the evolution of the concept of peace * Clearly explains the concepts, theory, and terminology related to all aspects of peace * Examines the international institutions of peace, civil peace, and conflict resolutio ... more
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Revolution is My Name: An Egyptian Woman's Diary from Eighteen Days in Tahrir by Mona Prince - £9.99
A writer, a university professor, a woman: this is the insightful and humorous description of one hesitant revolutionary's experiences through the eighteen days of the Egyptian uprising that led to the fall of President Hosni Mubarak in January/Febru ... more
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Ukraine Diaries by Andrey Kurkov - £9.99
-16°C, sunlight, silence. I drove the children to school, then went to see the revolution. I walked between the tents. Talked with rev­olutionaries. They were weary today. The air was thick with the smell of old campfires.   Ukraine Diaries is acc ... more
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Gandhi: A Spiritual Biography by Arvind Sharma - £9.99
Arvind Sharma was awarded the 2013 Hindu American Foundation's Mahatma Gandhi Award for the Advancement of Religious Pluralism.   In his Autobiography, Gandhi wrote, “What I want to achieve—what I have been striving and pining to achieve these ... more
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Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars is More Important Than Winning Them by David Keen - £10.99
There are currently between twenty and thirty civil wars worldwide, while at a global level the Cold War has been succeeded by a "war on drugs" and a "war on terror" that continues to rage a decade after 9/11. Why is this, when we know how destructiv ... more
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Good Times, Bad Times: The Welfare Myth of Them and Us by John Hills - £12.99
Two-thirds of UK government spending now goes on the welfare state and where the money is spent – healthcare, education, pensions, benefits – is the centre of political and public debate. Much of that debate is dominated by the myth that the populati ... more
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The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels - £10.00
A rousing call to arms whose influence is still felt today, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' The Communist Manifesto is edited with an introduction by Gareth Stedman-Jones in Penguin Classics.   Marx and Engels's revolutionary summons to the wo ... more
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The Complete Works of Rosa Luxemburg: Volume 1: Economic Writings by Rosa Luxemburg, edited by Peter Hudis - £29.95
First volume of a major project to publish the complete works of a remarkable social theorist  This first volume in Rosa Luxemburg’s Complete Works, entitled Economic Writings 1, contains some of Luxemburg’s most important statements on the glo ... more
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Left Hemisphere: Mapping Critical Theory Today by Razmig Keucheyan, translated by Gregory Elliott - £12.99
A panoramic account of the world’s leading writers and thinkers  As the crisis of capitalism unfolds, the need for alternatives is felt ever more intensely. The struggle between radical movements and the forces of reaction will be merciless. A ... more
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Supercrash: How to Hijack the Global Economy by Darryl Cunningham - £14.99
Darryl Cunningham’s latest investigation takes us to the heart of free-world politics and the financial crisis, as he traces the roots of bankrupt countries to the domination of right-wing policies and the people who created them.   Cunningham ... more
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Marx by Anne Simon and Corinne Maier - £13.99
My name is Karl Marx. I was once nicknamed the Devil for decrying Capitalism. But, before you judge, let me tell you my story...   Karl Marx dreamt of a world free from exploitation, inequality and unemployment. Growing up in an ever transform ... more
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Comradely Greetings: The Prison Letters of Nadya and Slavoj by Nadya Tolokonnikova and Slavoj Žižek - £5.99
A fascinating exchange between the punk-philosopher and the philosopher-punk.   ”We are the rebels asking for the storm, and believing that truth is only to be found in an endless search ... Two years of prison for Pussy Riot is our tribute to ... more
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Story of a Death Foretold: The Coup Against Salvador Allende, 11 September 1973 by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera - £12.99
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 End of Equality by Beatrix Campbell - £6.50
Among liberal thinkers, there is an optimistic belief that men and women are on a cultural journey toward equality - in the workplace, on the street, and in the home. But observation and evidence both tell us that in many ways this progress has stopp ... more
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Dirty Wars: The World is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill - £9.99
A shocking expose of America's hidden dirty wars - now an Oscar nominated documentary.   In this story from the frontlines of the undeclared battlefields of the War on Terror, Jeremy Scahill exposes America's new approach to war: fought far fr ... more
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On Liberty by Shami Chakrabarti - £17.99
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 Libe ... more
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The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, A Movement by David Graeber - £9.99
From their earliest meetings, activist David Graeber knew that the Occupy Wall Street movement was something different. From small beginnings its demonstrations spread across the world to cities like Cairo, Athens, Barcelona and London and gave a gli ... more
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The Bedside Guardian 2014 by Becky Gardiner - £14.99
2014 was a memorable year for the Guardian. In the space of a few weeks it won the Newspaper of the Year award, the European Press Prize for journalism, and - the ultimate honour - the Pulitzer Prize for its groundbreaking articles on NSA surveillanc ... more
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The Best of Benn by Tony Benn, compiled by Ruth Winstone - £20.00
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 consistentl ... more
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The Little Red Schoolbook (3rd Original and Uncensored Edition) by Soren Hansen and Jensen Jesper - £5.00
When it first appeared in the 1970s, The Little Red Schoolbook was banned by the UK authorities, which confiscated copies and prosecuted the publisher under the Obscene Publications Act. Why? Because this little book aimed to educate teenagers about ... more
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Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan by Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds - £25.00
Aneurin - Nye - Bevan was one of the pivotal Labour figures of the post-war era. As Minister for Health in Attlee's government, his role in the foundation of the NHS, the world's largest publically-funded health service and the centre-piece of the Op ... more
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