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The Buddha on Wall Street: What's Wrong with Capitalism and What to Do About it by Vaddhaka Linn - £9.99
After his Enlightenment the Buddha set out to help liberate the individual, and create a society free from suffering. The economic resources now exist to offer a realistic possibility of providing everyone with decent food, shelter, work and leisure, ... more
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Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the Struggle for Peace by Noam - £12.99
For decades, Noam Chomsky has been considered one of the most important critics of American's foreign policy in Central and Latin America and yet Turning the Tide is one of his only written works which makes that region its sole focus.   At l ... more
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Propaganda and the Public Mind: Conversations with Noam Chomsky by David Barsamian - £9.99
First published in 2001, Propaganda & The Public Mind constitutes a series of discussions with the journalist David Barsamian and is the perfect complement to Chomsky’s major works of media study such as Manufacturing Consent and Necessary llusions. ... more
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War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians, and Global Pacification by Jeff Halper - £14.99
Modern warfare has a new form. The days of international combat are fading. So how do major world powers maintain control over their people today?   War Against the People is a disturbing insight into the new ways world powers such as the US, ... more
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Spiritual Activism: Leadership as Service by Alastair McIntosh and Matt Carmichael - £19.99
Over the past half century the issues facing activists have changed, as has our understanding and awareness of spirituality. For activists, spiritual philosophy is rising up the agenda because it offers distinct, tried and tested approaches to deep q ... more
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Photography and Social Movements by Antigoni Memou - £18.99
Now available for the first time in paperback, Photography and Social Movements is the first thorough study of photography’s interrelationship with social movements.   Focusing on photographic production and dissemination during the student and wo ... more
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Swimming with Sharks: My Journey into the World of the Bankers by Joris Luyendijk - £12.99
Joris Luyendijk, an investigative journalist, knew as much about banking as the average person: almost nothing. Bankers, he thought, were ruthless, competitive, bonus-obsessed sharks, irrelevant to his life. And then he was assigned to investigate th ... more
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Syriza: Inside the Labyrinth by Kevin Ovenden - £12.99
The world’s eyes are on Greece. Elected in January 2015 under the leadership of Alexis Tsipras, the radical Syriza party sought to challenge the European economic status-quo and secure a better future for the Greek people. The fierce confrontation wi ... more
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NoNonsense Globalization: Buying and Selling the World by Wayne Ellwood - £7.99
Globalization has shrunk the world in the name of free trade and broken down many of the boundaries between peoples. But it has also been a powerful driver of inequality, over-consumption and corporate control. This fully updated edition unpacks the ... more
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On Marx: Revolutionary and Utopian by Alan Ryan - £7.99
In On Marx, Alan Ryan examines Marx’s writing, not within the framework of Lenin or Tolstoy but within its own time, tracing its Hegelian roots and providing a sterling explication and critique of his theories of alienation, class struggle and revolu ... more
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The Money Crisis: How Bankers Grabbed Our Money - and How We Can Get it Back by Peter Stalker - £7.99
A combination of deregulation, incompetence and greed create has created the conditions for boom and bust.  This concise book not only provides an understanding of these factors but also offers strategies for taking them out of the equation, so ... more
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My Life, My Body by Marge Piercy - £8.99
In a candid and intimate new collection of essays, poems, memoirs, reviews, rants, and railleries, Piercy discusses her own development as a working-class feminist, the highs and lows of TV culture, the ego-dances of a writer's life, the homeless and ... more
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Arguments Yard: Thirty Five Years of Ranting Verse and Thrash Mandola by Attila the Stockbroker - £14.99
Launched into public consciousness by John Peel in the early 1980s, poet, musician, journalist and political activist Attila the Stockbroker has since spent thirty five years touring the world as a self-sustaining, one man DIY cottage industry. Havin ... more
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The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World by Michael Marmot - £20.00
In Baltimore's inner-city neighborhood of Upton/Druid Heights, a man's life expectancy is sixty-three; not far away, in the Greater Roland Park/Poplar neighborhood, life expectancy is eighty-three. The same twenty-year avoidable disparity exists in t ... more
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The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire by WikiLeaks, with an introduction by Julian Assange - £20.00
Published in collaboration with WikiLeaks: What Cablegate tells us about US foreign policy.  WikiLeaks came to prominence in 2010 with the release of 251,287 top-secret State Department cables, which revealed to the world what the US government ... more
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1000 Lashes Because I Say What I Think by Raif Badawi - £5.99
"Raif Badawi's is an important voice for all of us to hear, mild, nuanced, but clear. His examination of his culture is perceptive and rigorous. Of course he must be saved from the dreadful sentence against him and the appalling conditions of his imp ... more
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Social Science Goes to War: The Human Terrain System in Iraq and Afghanistan by Montgomery McFate and Janice H. Laurence (Editors) - £22.00
The Human Terrain System (HTS) was catapulted into existence in 2006 by the US military’s urgent need for knowledge of the human dimension of the battlespace in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its centrepiece was embedded groups of mixed military and civilian ... more
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The Suffragettes: The Fight for Votes for Women by Joyce Marlow - £8.99
A comprehensive anthology of the long and bloody history of women's struggle to get the vote. Here is the story in the voices of the women themselves.  'Queen Victoria is most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in check ... more
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Shadow Sovereigns: How Global Corporations are Seizing Power by Susan George - £12.99
Lobbying has long been part of the political landscape. But in recent years links between big business and government have become stronger and more far-reaching than ever. Global corporations now demand control over decisions affecting labour laws, f ... more
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Clara Zetkin: Selected Writings by Clara Zetkin, Edited by Philip S. Foner, Foreword by Angela Y. Davis and Rosalyn - £12.99
"Clara Zetkin's arguments in support of women workers contain a logic which can be effectively employed today in defense of strong affirmative action programs, not only for women but for the racially and nationally oppressed as well... Her analysis o ... more
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Dixie be Damned: 300 Years of Insurrection in the American South by Neal Shirley and Saralee Stafford - £16.00
In 1891, when coal companies in eastern Tennessee brought in cheap convict labour to take over their jobs, workers responded by storming the stockades, freeing the prisoners, and loading them onto freight trains. Over the next year, tactics escalated ... more
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Noise Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World Musical Revolution by Michael Denning - £17.99
A radically new reading of the origins of recorded music.  Noise Uprising brings to life the moment and sounds of a cultural revolution. Between the development of electrical recording in 1925 and the outset of the Great Depression in the ear ... more
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The Death and Life of American Labor: Toward a New Workers' Movement by Stanley Aronowitz - £12.99
The decline of the American union movement – and how it can revive, by a leading analyst of labor.  Union membership in the United States has fallen below 11 percent, the lowest rate since before the New Deal. Labor activist and scholar of the ... more
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In Place of Failure: Making it Yes Next Time ... Soon by Jim Sillars - £7.95
The referendum is over, but Scotland’s underlying social and economic problems remain, as they have since its brutal deindustrialisation under Thatcher. Jim Sillars sets out the arguments for a second referendum and for an urgent resolution, as the V ... more
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Inequality and the 1% by Danny Dorling - £8.99
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 and th ... more
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Against the Troika: Crisis and Austerity in the Eurozone by Heiner Flassbeck and Costas Lapavitsas - £9.99
A radical anti-capitalist alternative to Eurozone austerity.  On the 25th January 2015 the Greek people voted in an election of historic importance — not just for Greece but potentially all of Europe. The radical party Syriza was elected and au ... more
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Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change by Caroline Lucas - £9.99
Caroline Lucas is an outsider, inside, fighting for parliamentary reform and for the interests of her constituents. She is a politician with a radical mission and a clear vision of how change can be achieved.  From the NHS to corporate tax evasion, f ... more
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Hidden Structure of Violence: Who Benefits from Global Violence and War by Marc Pilisuk and Jennifer Rountree - £17.99
Acts of violence assume many forms: they may travel by the arc of a guided missile or in the language of an economic policy decision that contaminates drinking water, and they may leave behind a smoldering village or a starved child. The all-pervasiv ... more
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Because We Say So by Noam Chomsky - £12.99
Because We Say So is Noam Chomsky's essential counter punch to American hegemony.   In 1962, the eminent statesman Dean Acheson enunciated a principle that has dominated global politics ever since: that no legal issue arises when the United St ... more
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Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital by Jason W. Moore - £19.99
The relationship between capital and ecology in the longue durée.   Finance. Climate. Food. Work. How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected? In Capitalism in the Web of Life, Jason W. Moore argues that the sources of today’s global ... more
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Protest at Selma: Martin Luther King, Jr, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by David J. Garrow - £13.95
"The work of David J. Garrow is more than a day-by-day account of how the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965 came into being. It is also a skillful analysis of the dynamics of protest activity and more particularly of the ways in which successful pr ... more
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The Economics of Inequality by Thomas Piketty, translated by Arthur Goldhammer - £16.95
Thomas Piketty — whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century pushed inequality to the forefront of public debate — wrote The Economics of Inequality as an introduction to the conceptual and factual background necessary for interpreting changes in econo ... more
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Night in Gaza by Mads Gilbert - £16.00
In the summer of 2014, Gaza was attacked by Israel for the fourth time since 2006. This attack lasted fifty-one days. Mads Gilbert, a Norwegian doctor, had worked at al-Shifa Hospital during each previous conflict, and in July 2014 he went back there ... more
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Green Parties, Green Future: From Local Groups to the International Stage by Per Gahrton - £16.99
Over the past four decades the world has seen a 'Green awakening'. Green parties have been elected to parliaments and councils all over the world, and in many cases have played a part in national and local government. A common set of Green priorities ... more
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How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps by Youssef El-Gingihy - £7.99
Dr Youssef El-Gingihy – a GP – tells the story of how the NHS has been gradually converted into a market-based healthcare system over the past 25 years. This process is accelerating under the Coalition government and the very existence of a National ... more
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The Kurds of Syria: Political Parties and Identity in the Middle East by Harriet Allsopp - £14.99
In September 2014, the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobane was subjected to a massive attack by fighters of the movement Islamic State (IS). As a result, the plight of the Kurds of Syria became known around the world. Less well-known, however, is their str ... more
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An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians? by Geoffrey Robertson QC - £10.99
Winner of Polemic of the Year at The Paddy Power Political Book Awards 2015   The most controversial question that is still being asked about the First World War - was there an Armenian genocide? - will come to a head on 24 April 2015, when Ar ... more
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Anti-Semitism: The Oldest Hatred by John Mann - £16.99
"The Jewish people in its very being constitutes a living protest against a world of hatred, violence and war'"(Emeritus Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks) The history of Jewish persecution is as old as the written word, though the epithet `antisemitism` was ... more
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Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup That Remade the Middle East by Mike de Seve, illustrated by Daniel Burwen - £14.99
Graphic true-life spy thriller about the CIA mission that overthrew Iran’s democracy.  The year is 1953. As the value of oil skyrockets, global power brokers begin to take interest in the political regimes of the Middle East. British agents hav ... more
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Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine - £9.99
WINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR POETRY   WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR POETRY   'Everywhere were flashes, a siren sounding and a stretched-out roar. Get on the ground. Get on the ground now. Then I ... more
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We Have Nothing to Lose But Our Fear: Activism and Resistance in Dangerous Times by Fiona Jeffries - £14.99
Our 24/7 lives are saturated with round-the-clock fear. Scare-tactic headlines fill our homes and our public spaces. If it’s not the war on terror, it’s the new war on the middle class. Crisis is the new black, as catastrophe after casualty after cra ... more
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Gods of Metal by Eric Schlosser - £1.99
'Sitting not far below my feet, there was a thermonuclear warhead about twenty times more powerful than the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, all set and ready to go. The only sound was the sound of the wind.'   Seventy years after the bombing of ... more
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Hiroshima by John Hersey - £1.99
2015 is the 70th anniversary of Hiroshima, when, at 8.15am, an atomic bomb was dropped over the Japanese city, killing one hundred thousand men, women and children in its white fury.   John Hersey's spare, devastating report on the attack was ... more
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Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason - £16.99
From Paul Mason, the award-winning Channel 4 presenter, Postcapitalism is a guide to our era of seismic economic change, and how we can build a more equal society.   Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone continual change ... more
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Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good by Christian Felber - £12.99
Is it possible for businesses to have a bottom line that is not profit and endless growth, but human dignity, justice, sustainability and democracy? Or an alternative economic model that is untainted by the greed and crises of current financial syste ... more
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Che and Fidel: Images from History by Aleida March - £14.99
A photographic testimony to the extraordinary bond that existed between two extraordinary individuals, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.   Introduced and selected by Che Guevara’s widow, Aleida March, this book offers a photographic testimony to t ... more
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Popular Protest in Palestine: The Uncertain Future of Unarmed Resistance by Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby - £16.99
Popular Protest in Palestine provides an overview and analysis of the role and significance of unarmed civil (popular) resistance in the Palestinian national movement. The main focus is on the contemporary popular resistance movement in the Occupied ... more
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Riots and Political Protest by Simon Winlow, Steve Hall, Daniel Briggs and James Treadwell - £29.99
The years 2008 to 2013 saw a new generation of political protestors take to the streets. Riots disrupted many Western cities and new protest movements emerged, keen to address a bleak context of economic collapse and austerity politics.   In t ... more
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The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti by Rick Geary - £7.99
Rick Geary tackles the most controversial case of the 20th century.  Anarchists Sacco & Vanzetti were accused of robbery and murder but so many supposedly damning pieces of evidence were questionable their guilty verdict elicited massive protest ... more
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Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Mutiny by Laurie Penny - £9.99
‘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 own ... more
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My Life's Battles by Will Thorne - £9.99
My Life’s Battles is one of the first true working-class autobiographies, the story of Will Thorne, who helped to make a better world for ordinary people. Thorne’s life story is a journey from tenements and factories to the corridors of power and the ... more
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