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The Best of Benn by Tony Benn, compiled by Ruth Winstone - £9.99
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 consistently rad ... more
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The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the Global Economy by Yanis Varoufakis - £8.99
In this remarkable and provocative book, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis explodes the myth that financialisation, ineffectual regulation of banks, greed and globalisation were the root causes of both the Eurozone crisis and the global economi ... more
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Life in Strangeways: From Riots to Redemption, My Thirty-Two Years Behind Bars by Alan Lord and Anita Armstrong - £7.99
A key player in the worst prison riot in British history at Strangeways Prison in April 1990, Alan Lord was always in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was drawn to trouble like water to a sponge. After experiencing a troubled childhood during wh ... more
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Revolution by Russell Brand - £7.99
Russell Brand will donate 100% of his money for this book to Tre Era Cafe, a social enterprise community project on the New Era estate - whose vicotory against corporations and inefficient government exemplifies the principles in this book.   We al ... more
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City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran by Ramita Navai - £8.99
Lying in Tehran is about survival.   Welcome to Tehran, a city where survival depends on a network of subterfuge. Here is a place where mullahs visit prostitutes, drug kingpins run crystal meth kitchens, surgeons restore girls' virginity and h ... more
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The Second Arab Awakening: And the Battle for Pluralism by Marwan Muasher - £10.99
This important book is not about immediate events or policies or responses to the Arab Spring. Instead, it takes a long, judicious view of political change in the Arab world, beginning with the first Awakening in the nineteenth century and extending ... more
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Raising Generation RX: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality by Linda M. Blum - £18.99
Recent years have seen an explosion in the number of children diagnosed with “invisible disabilities” such as ADHD, mood and conduct disorders, and high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. Whether they are viewed as biological problems in brain wi ... more
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100 Acts of Minor Dissent by Mark Thomas - £9.99
Comedian Mark Thomas has been campaigning for over nearly three decades. He has remained uniquely relevant and agitated where others have mellowed and capitulated.  One Hundred Acts of Minor Dissent is the brilliantly funny account of a year spe ... more
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Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism and History by Vron Ware, Foreword by Mikki Kendall - £11.99
Pioneering study of how ideas about white women have shaped the history of racism.   How have ideas about white women figured in the history of racism? Vron Ware argues that they have been central, and that feminism has, in many ways, develope ... more
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The World is Waiting for You: Graduation Speeches to Live by from Activists, Writers, & Visionaries by Tara Grove and Isabel Ostrer (Editors) - £12.99
Rousing and indispensable commencement speeches from celebrated thinkers and change-makers — sure to inspire graduates everywhere. "Bit by bit, step by step, you can change things — the things that need changing."(Toni Morrison, Rutgers University ... more
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Separate and Dominate: Feminism and Racism After the War on Terror by Christine Delphy, translated by David Broder - £14.99
An examination of how mainstream feminism has been mobilized in support of racist measures.  Feminist Christine Delphy co-founded the journal Nouvelles questions féministes with Simone de Beauvoir in the 1970s and became one of the most influ ... more
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Last Soldiers of the Cold War: The Story of the Cuban Five by Fernando Morais - £12.99
Here is the story of political prisoners finally freed in December 2014, after being held captive by the United States since the late 1990s. Through the 1980s and 1990s, violent anti-Castro groups based in Florida carried out hundreds of military at ... more
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The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg by Norman Geras - £14.99
An important contribution to our understanding of twentieth-century Marxism During the first decades of the twentieth century, Rosa Luxemburg was the leader of the workers’ movement in Poland and Germany. She made a remarkable contribution to social ... more
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Havel: A Life by Michael Zantovský - £12.99
Václav Havel: iconoclast and philosopher-king, an internationally successful playwright who became a political dissident and then, reluctantly, a president. His pivotal role in the Velvet Revolution, the end of Communism and the birth of a modern, we ... more
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The 13th Labour of Hercules: Inside the Greek Crisis by Yannis Palaiologos - £9.99
Since the revelation of its massive hidden deficit in late 2009, Greece has been at the centre of the world's attention. Observers around the globe have watched with morbid fascination as the country has repeatedly flirted with political and financia ... more
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Landscapes of Communism: A History Through Buildings by Owen Hatherley - £25.00
"In the craven world of architectural criticism Hatherley is that rarest of things: a brave, incisive, elegant and erudite writer, whose books dissect the contemporary built environment to reveal the political fantasies and social realities it embodi ... more
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The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A Biography by Miriam Pawel - £14.99
Cesar Chavez founded a labor union, launched a movement, and inspired a generation. He rose from migrant worker to national icon, becoming one of the great charismatic leaders of the 20th century. Two decades after his death, Chavez remains the most ... more
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Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to Capitalist Catastrophe by Michael Löwy - £10.99
Capitalism is killing the planet, and the preservation of a natural environment favorable to human life requires a radical alternative.  In this new collection of essays, long time revolutionary and environmental activist Michael Löwy offers a v ... more
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Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923 by R F Foster - £10.99
A searing cultural history of the remarkable generation who transformed Ireland, from R. F. Foster.   TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT BOOKS OF THE YEAR and OBSERVER BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2014   Vivid Faces surveys the lives and beliefs of the p ... more
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We Are All Migrants: Political Action and the Ubiquitous Condition of Migrant-Hood by Gregory Feldman - £9.99
Now more than ever, questions of citizenship, migration, and political action dominate public debate. In this powerful and polemical book, Gregory Feldman argues that We Are All Migrants. By challenging the division between those considered "citizens ... more
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Drug War Capitalism by Dawn Paley - £13.00
The drug war is less about cocaine or marijuana than it is about social, economic, and territorial control. In Drug War Capitalism, Dawn Paley lays bare the mechanisms through which state and corporate interests are advanced under the pretext of figh ... more
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Remnants: A Memoir of Spirit, Activism, and Mothering by Rosemarie Freeney Harding with Rachel Elizabeth Harding - £16.99
An activist influential in the civil rights movement, Rosemarie Freeney Harding’s spirituality blended many traditions, including southern African American mysticism, Anabaptist Christianity, Tibetan Buddhism, and Afro-Brazilian Candomblé.  Remn ... more
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Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies by Michael Parenti - £15.99
From market crisis to market boom, from welfare to wealth care, from homelessness to helplessness, and an all-out assault on the global environment — these are just some of the indecencies of contemporary economic life that Profit Pathology takes on. ... more
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Underground Passages: Anarchist Resistance Culture, 1848-2011 by Jesse Cohn - £18.00
What anarchists demanded from art was what they demanded from all aspects of their political lives: that it should, as much as possible, embody the principle in the practice, the end in the means. While prefiguring a post-revolutionary world, anarchi ... more
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Speakers' Corner: Debate, Democracy and Disturbing the Peace by Philip Wolmuth - £14.99
Speakers’ Corner is a unique look at the people who come to argue, discuss and preach at Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park, regarded worldwide as the home of free speech. Many of the photographs, taken on Sunday afternoons stretching back almost ... more
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Injustice: Why Social Inequality Still Persists (2nd Revised Edition) by Daniel Dorling - £9.99
In the five years since the first edition of Injustice there have been devastating increases in poverty, hunger and destitution in the UK. Globally, the richest 1% have never held a greater share of world wealth, while the share of most of the other ... more
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It's Been Beautiful: Soul! and Black Power Television by Gayle Wald - £16.99
Soul! was where Stevie Wonder and Earth, Wind & Fire got funky, where Toni Morrison read from her debut novel, where James Baldwin and Nikki Giovanni discussed gender and power, and where Amiri Baraka and Stokely Carmichael enjoyed a sympathetic foru ... more
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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson - £14.99
A powerful, bold true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix America's broken system of justice -- from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.   The US has the highest rate of incarc ... more
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Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality by Ben Kirshner - £18.99
This is what democracy looks like: Youth organizers in Colorado negotiate new school discipline policies to end the school to jail track. Latino and African American students march to district headquarters to protest high school closure. Young immigr ... more
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I Belong Only to Myself: The Life and Writings of Leda Rafanelli by Andrea Pakieser - £12.00
Leda Rafanelli (1880–1971) was one of the most prolific propagandists in early twentieth century Italy. She began working as a typesetter in her teens, and went on to found and run several publishing houses. Her own body of work included scores of no ... more
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The Mythology of Work: How Capitalism Persists Despite Itself by Peter Fleming - £17.99
There was once a time when ‘work’ was inextricably linked to survival and self-preservation; where the farmer ploughed the land so their family could eat. But the sun has long since set on this idyllic tableau, and what was once an integral part of l ... more
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Friends of Alice Wheeldon: The Anti-War Activist Accused of Plotting to Kill Lloyd George by Sheila Rowbotham - £16.99
Friends of Alice Wheeldon is a remarkable play by Sheila Rowbotham that re-enacts the 1917 trial and subsequent imprisonment of Wheeldon for her alleged role in plotting to assassinate the Prime Minister Lloyd George. It is prefaced by an extended es ... more
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The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism: The Political Economy of Human Rights: Volume 1 by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman - £12.99
The Political Economy of Human Rights is an important two volume work, co-authored with Edward Herman – also co-author of the classic Manufacturing Consent – which provides a complete dissection of American foreign policy during the 1960s and '70s, l ... more
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Year 501: The Conquest Continues by Noam Chomsky - £12.99
Exploring “the great work of subjugation and conquest” which began with Columbus, in Year 501 Chomsky surveys the history of American imperial power in the ensuing 500 years that followed. Touching on everything from the British in India to the Ameri ... more
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On Power and Ideology: The Managua Lectures by Noam Chomsky - £9.99
In the late 1980s, in the midst of Reagan’s interventions in Central America, Chomsky travelled to Nicaragua and gave the lectures that became On Power & Ideology. The lectures provide a master class in foreign policy analysis from an intellectual at ... more
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Rebel Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London's Radical History by David Rosenberg - £9.99
The radical response to conservative heritage tours and banal day-tripper guides, Rebel Footprints brings to life the history of social movements in the capital. Transporting readers from well-known landmarks to history-making hidden corners, David R ... more
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Making Plans for Nigel: A Beginner's Guide to Farage and UKIP by Harry Paterson - £7.99
Is Nigel Farage an anti-establishment figure or simply a more right-wing establishment figure than David Cameron? This book looks in detail at the politics and personalities of UKIP, the public announcements and the private gaffes.   This boo ... more
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Everyone is African: How Science Explodes the Myth of Race by Daniel J. Fairbanks - £14.99
What does science say about race? "Few are aware that the best ammunition against racism comes from modern evolutionary biology and genetics, and this gap in the public understanding of science needs to be closed. Daniel J. Fairbanks’s small but c ... more
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A Socialist History of the French Revolution by Jean Jaurès - £25.00
"Every revolutionary party, every oppressed people, every oppressed working class can claim Jaurès, his memory, his example, and his person, for our own"(Leon Trotsky) Jean Jaurès was the celebrated French Socialist Party leader, assassinated in 1 ... more
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The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou - £7.99
A new program for the Left after the death of neoliberalism. "We know that communism is the right hypothesis. All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy, to parliamentary democracy—the form of state s ... more
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On Palestine by Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé - £6.00
On Palestine is Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé's indispensable update on a suffering region.   Operation Protective Edge, Israel's most recent assault on Gaza, left thousands of Palestinians dead and cleared the way for another Israeli land gra ... more
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Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine by Anna Reid - £10.99
A classic and vivid history of Ukraine, fully updated to cover the Euromaidan Revolution in 2014 and ongoing crisis in the Donbass.   Centre of the first great Slav civilisation in the tenth century, then divided between warring neighbours for ... more
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Sailing Close to the Wind: Reminiscences by Dennis Skinner - £9.99
Dennis Skinner, the famed Beast of Bolsover, is adored by legions of supporters and respected as well as feared by admiring enemies. Fiery and forthright, with a prodigious recall, Skinner is one of the best-known politicians in Britain. He remains a ... more
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Listen, Yankee! Why Cuba Matters by Tom Hayden - £17.99
Based on unprecedented access to both Cuban and American officials, a book that offers fresh insight into one of history's most enigmatic relationships between nation-states—from one of America's best-known voices of political and social activism.&nb ... more
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If... The Graphic Novel by Steve Bell - £18.99
A new collection by Britain’s finest political cartoonist, covering the less than glorious days of the Cameron-Clegg coalition government.  In his daily cartoon for the Guardian and his long-running strip, IF, in the same paper, Steve Bell ha ... more
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Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary by Dennis Childs - £17.00
In Slaves of the State Dennis Childs argues that the incarceration of black people and other historically repressed groups in chain gangs, peon camps, prison plantations, and penitentiaries represents a ghostly perpetuation of chattel slavery.   ... more
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Making Other Worlds Possible: Performing Diverse Economies by Gerda Roelvink, Kevin St. Martin, and J. K. Gibson-Graham (Editors) - £26.00
What exactly constitutes an economy? Making Other Worlds Possible brings together a compelling range of projects inspired by the diverse economies research agenda pioneered by J. K. Gibson-Graham.  Firmly establishing diverse economies as a fiel ... more
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Don't Trust, Don't Fear, Don't Beg: The Extraordinary Story of the Arctic Thirty by Ben Stewart - £12.99
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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Just Money: How Society Can Break the Despotic Power of Finance by Ann Pettifor - £7.99
We all spend a lot of our time thinking about money; how to get it, how to spend it. But its nature eludes most of us. We do not ask what money is, and so we organise our lives around a mystery.   In Just Money the acclaimed economist and crit ... more
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Letters to Palestine: Writers Respond to War and Occupation by Vijay Prashad (Editor) - £8.99
Impassioned and intimate writing to Palestinians from celebrated American writers.   Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s seven-week bombing campaign and ground invasion of Gaza in the summer of 2014, resulted in half a million displaced Gazans ... more
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Fifty-Six: The Story of the Bradford Fire by Martin Fletcher - £16.99
On May 11 1985, fifty-six people died in a devastating fire at Bradford City's old Valley Parade ground. It was truly horrific, a startling story – and wholly avoidable – but it had only the briefest of inquiries, and it seemed its lessons were not l ... more
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