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I, Maybot: The Rise and Fall by John Crace - £9.99
Throughout 2017 John Crace, the Guardian’s parliamentary sketch writer, has watched Theresa May’s efforts to remain strong and stable - and, indeed, Prime Minister. He coined the term 'Maybot' for her malfunctioning public appearances. And now, i ... more
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Revolution! Sayings of Vladimir Lenin by Vladimir Lenin - £9.99
“Without a revolutionary theory there can be no revolutionary movement.” So wrote Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik Revolution and founder of the USSR. Lenin was profoundly aware of the power of words. As a prolific writer and orator ... more
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Change: Organising Tomorrow, Today by Jay Naidoo - £9.99
Unless there is significant change, the world is heading for an explosion. The growing gap between rich and poor is dangerous and unsustainable. The plundering of resources is damaging our planet. Something has to be done.   In this book, Jay ... more
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Resistance, Rebellion, Life: 50 Poems Now by Amit Majmudar (Editor) - £11.50
Poets on the march: 50 crucial poems written in response to the current political climate, selected and introduced by the Ohio Poet Laureate—and son of immigrants — Amit Majmudar.   In a political atmosphere where language and even meani ... more
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English Uprising: Brexit and the Mainstreaming of the Far-Right by Paul Stocker - £14.99
A timely and important examination of how and why Brexit, Trump, and the rise of the far right have happened, and the consequences for us all.   Brexit reflected perhaps the biggest vote of no confidence in the political establishment in moder ... more
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Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina - £16.99
From activist, Pussy Riot member and freedom fighter Maria Alyokhina, a raw, hallucinatory, passionate account of her arrest, trial and imprisonment in a penal colony in the Urals for standing up for what she believed in.  People who believe ... more
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Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color by Andrea J. Ritchie - £17.99
A timely examination of the ways Black women, Indigenous women, and other women of color are uniquely affected by racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement.   Invisible No More is a timely examination of how Black women, ... more
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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge - £16.99
LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION SHORTLISTED FOR A BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARD   What does it mean to be a person of colour in a world dominated by white privilege? Exploring everything from eradicated black history ... more
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The Penguin Book of Modern Speeches by Brian MacArthur (Editor) - £14.99
*FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED*   Whether it was Churchill rousing the British to take up arms or the dream of Martin Luther King, Fidel Castro inspiring the Cuban revolution or Barack Obama on Selma and the meaning of America, speeches have profo ... more
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The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison - £18.95
America’s foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging. What is race and why does it matter? What ... more
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Literature of Revolution: Essays on Marxism by Norman Geras - £14.99
Essential essays on key Marxist writers from a leading political thinker.   Literature of Revolution explores the pivotal texts and topics in the Marxist tradition, drawing on the works of Marx, Trotsky, Luxemburg, Lenin, and Althusser. In clo ... more
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Lenin 2017 by V. I. Lenin and Slavoj Žižek - £12.99
One hundred years after the Russian Revolution, Žižek shows why Lenin’s thought is still important today.   V. I. Lenin’s originality and importance as a revolutionary leader is most often associated with the seizure of power in 1917. Bu ... more
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The Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis by George Monbiot - £14.99
A thrilling new route to a better society.   A toxic ideology of extreme competition and individualism has come to dominate our world. It misrepresents human nature, destroying hope and common purpose. Only a positive vision can replace it, a new ... more
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Advertising: What Everyone Needs to Know® by Mara Einstein - £10.99
3000. That's the number of marketing messages the average American confronts on a daily basis from TV commercials, magazine and newspaper print ads, radio commercials, pop-up ads on gaming apps, to pre-roll on YouTube videos and native advertising on ... more
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Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics by Richard Seymour - £9.99
Demolishing the Blairite opposition in 2015, Jeremy Corbyn saw off an attempted coup against his leadership under the banner of the "soft left" one year on. This unassuming antiwar socialist now leads Labour with a huge mandate. For the first time in ... more
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Citizen Clem by John Bew - £12.99
The Orwell Prize-winning biography of Clement Attlee, a landmark contribution to the political dialogue by the 'outstanding historian of his generation'  **WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL WRITING** **WINNER OF THE ELIZABETH LONGFORD ... more
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Theatre & Protest by Lara Shalson - £6.99
How does protest engage with theatre? What does theatre have to gain from protest?  Theatre and protest are often closely interlinked in the contemporary cultural and political landscape, and the line between protest and performance can be diffi ... more
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The Trump Phenomenon: How the Politics of Populism Won in 2016 by Peter Kivisto - £14.99
On November 8, 2016, American voters surprised the world by electing a rank outsider with no previous political experience, businessman and celebrity Donald J. Trump, to become the 45th President of the United States after one of the most divisive an ... more
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So They Call You Pisher! A Memoir by Michael Rosen - £16.99
The brilliant family memoir of the much-beloved poet and political campaigner.  In this hilarious, moving memoir, much-loved children’s poet and political campaigner Michael Rosen recalls the first twenty-three years of his life. He was bor ... more
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Writing Diverse Characters For Fiction, Tv or Film by Lucy V. Hay - £16.99
We’re living in a time of unprecedented diversity in produced media content, with more characters appearing who are Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT), disabled, or from other religions or classes ... more
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Farewell Speeches by Barack Obama and Michelle Obama - £8.99
“Show up. Dive in. Persevere. Sometimes you’ll win. Sometimes you’ll lose.”   The final speeches of the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama. Both speeches were instant and moving lan ... more
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Marx, Capital and the Madness of Economic Reason by David Harvey - £14.99
Marx's Capital is one of the most important texts of the modern era. The three volumes, published between 1867 and 1883, changed the destiny of countries, politics and people across the world - and continue to resonate today. In this book, David Harv ... more
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Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red by Alex Prichard, Ruth Kinna, Saku Pinta, and David Berry (Editors) - £23.99
This collection reveals the enduring sores in the revolutionary socialist movement in order to explore the often neglected left-libertarian currents that have thrived there.   The history of anarchist-Marxist relations is usually told as a his ... more
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Blowback: How the West F**cked Up the Middle East (and Why it Was a Bad Idea) by Michael Luders - £9.99
In August 1953, in a covert operation, the CIA and MI6 jointly overthrew the democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh, installing the Shah in his place. Michael Luders illuminates the dark chain of cause and effect that flowe ... more
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The Writing on the Wall: On the Decomposition of Capitalism and its Critics by Anselm Jappe - £12.99
The 2008 global financial crisis has led to the re-emergence in public discourse of the idea that capitalism could end. For many, it was proof of the notion that capitalist civilisation has an endemic tendency towards crisis that will ultimately brin ... more
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Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge - £8.99
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013. It was just another day in America; an unremarkable Saturday on which ten children and teens were killed by gunfire. The youngest was nine; the oldest was nineteen. White, Black and Latino, they fell in suburbs, hamlets ... more
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Resisting Trump: Articles from International Viewpoint by Various authors - £6.99
Introduction by Susan Pashkoff and Veronica Fagan   Authors: Against the Current, Gilbert Achcar, Linda Martín Alcoff, Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, Tom Bramble, Nicole Colson, Joseph Daher, Democratic Socialists of America, Penelope D ... more
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Surviving Justice: America's Wrongfully Convicted and Incarcerated by Dave Eggers and Lola Vollen (Editors) - £14.99
Surviving Justice presents oral histories of thirteen people from all walks of life, who, through a combination of all-too-common factors — overzealous prosecutors, inept defense lawyers, coercive interrogation tactics, eyewitness misidentification ... more
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Pocket Piketty by Jesper Roine - £6.99
A handy introduction to one of the 21st century's most important works on the economy.   Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century has been hailed as a masterpiece, making a powerful case that wealth inequality is not an accident, ... more
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Viking Economics by George Lakey - £13.99
Liberals worldwide invoke Scandinavia as a promised land of equality, while most conservatives fear it as a hotbed of liberty-threatening socialism. But the left and right can usually agree on one thing: that the Nordic system is impossible to replic ... more
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The Struggle for Catalonia: Rebel Politics in Spain by Raphael Minder - £15.99
In 2012 on Catalonia’s National Day, the Diada, an enormous crowd calling for Catalan independence took over the heart of Barcelona. On the back of this show of force, Catalonia’s governing politicians turned secessionist claims into a new headac ... more
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In Their Place: The Imagined Geographies of Poverty by Stephen Crossley - £18.99
This book critiques how impoverished communities are represented by politicians, the media, academics and policy makers - and how our understanding of these neighbourhoods is, often misleadingly, shaped by these stories.  The alleged behaviou ... more
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The Lure of Greatness: England's Brexit and America's Trump by Anthony Barnett - £8.99
In 2016 two surprising explosions of popular contempt for the existing order drove Britain into Brexit and paved the way for Trump’s presidency of the United States.  On both sides of the Atlantic, proud regimes with global pretensions were ... more
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Trumpocalypse Now! The Triumph of the Conspiracy Spectacle by Kenn Thomas - £16.99
The controversial 2016 election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States sparked a debate that promises to define the global political dialogue going forward. Behind the scenes, however, a deeper dynamic has been put into play: cons ... more
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How to be a Craftivist: The Art of Gentle Protest by Sarah Corbett - £12.99
How to Be a Craftivist is a manifesto for quiet activism: how to tackle issues not with shouting and aggression but with gentle protest, using the process of ‘making’ to engage thoughtfully in the issues we are about, to influence and effect chan ... more
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Left Americana: The Radical Heart of US History by Paul Le Blanc - £19.99
Essays highlighting socialist and left-wing traditions that helped shape US history in the direction of "liberty and justice for all".   From the Marxist-tinged anarchism of the Haymarket martyrs to the Occupy Wall Street movement, these essays gi ... more
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The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World by Marwan M. Kraidy - £15.95
Uprisings spread like wildfire across the Arab world from 2010 to 2012, fueled by a desire for popular sovereignty. In Tunisia, Egypt, and Syria, protesters flooded the streets and the media, voicing dissent through slogans, graffiti, puppetry, video ... more
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Hinterland by Chris Mullin - £9.99
All serious politicians are supposed to possess a hinterland, but not all do. Chris Mullin was one who did. By the time he entered parliament he had reported from the wars in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and tracked down the survivors of the CIA operat ... more
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Mandela: The Graphic Novel by Umlando Wezithombe - £14.99
A vivid account of Nelson Mandela's extraordinary life in the form of a full-colour graphic novel.   Freedom fighter, fugitive, celebrated prisoner, president: the hero of a nation. Nelson Mandela was called a terrorist, forced into hiding, ca ... more
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Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles - £12.99
‘How to live in the face of so much suffering? What difference can one person make in this beautiful, imperfect, and imperilled world?’   In Draw Your Weapons, Sarah Sentilles offers an impassioned defence of life lived by peace and princi ... more
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Futures of Black Radicalism by Gaye Theresa Johnson and Alex Lubin (Editors) - £19.99
With racial justice struggles on the rise, a probing collection considers the past and future of Black radicalism.   Black rebellion has returned. Dramatic protests have risen up in scores of cities and campuses; there is renewed engagement wi ... more
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Thomas Piketty's 'Capital in the Twenty First Century': An Introduction by Stephan Kaufmann and Ingo Stützle, translated by Alexander Locascio - £7.99
An introduction to Thomas Piketty’s monumental work.   US Nobel Prize–winner Paul Krugman described Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century as “perhaps the most important book of the last decade.” It has sparked major intern ... more
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The Trump Revolt by Edward Ashbee - £9.99
This book considers the reasons for Donald Trump's surprise victory in the 2016 presidential election. It charts the prolonged campaign and the realigning processes that took place, analysing the ideas that defined the Trump platform, the electoral s ... more
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Inside This Place, Not of It: Narratives from Women's Prisons by Robin Levi and Ayelet Waldman (Editors) - £14.99
Inside This Place, Not of It reveals some of the most egregious human rights violations within women’s prisons in the United States.   In their own words, the thirteen narrators in this book recount their lives leading up to incarceration a ... more
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Big Capital: Who Is London For? by Anna Minton - £8.99
The inside story of London's housing crisis, by the award-winning author of Ground Control.  London is facing the worst housing crisis in modern times, with knock-on effects for the rest of the UK. Despite the desperate shortage of housing, t ... more
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Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean - £9.99
An explosive exposé of the man who devoted his career to shackling democracy — and succeeded.   Libertarian billionaires are using their wealth and power to drastically curtail the US democratic process, disempowering ordinary citizens whil ... more
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Protest! Stories of Resistance by Ra Page (Editor) - £14.99
Whatever happened to British protest?  For a nation that brought the world Chartism, the Suffragettes, the Tolpuddle Martyrs, and so many other grassroots social movements, Britain rarely celebrates its long, great tradition of people power. ... more
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Optimism Over Despair by Noam Chomsky - £6.00
An essential overview of the problems of our world today -- and how we should prepare for tomorrow -- from the world's leading public intellectual.   We have two choices. We can be pessimistic, give up, and help ensure that the worst will happ ... more
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The Palestine-Israel Conflict: A Basic Introduction (Fourth Edition) by Gregory Harms and Todd M. Ferry - £16.99
The Palestine-Israel conflict is the most notorious and ingrained conflict in living memory. Yet the way it is reported in the media is often confusing, leading many to falsely assume the hostilities stretch continuously back to an ancient period. ... more
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Muslim Identity in a Turbulent Age by Mike Hardy, Fiyaz Mughal and Sarah Markiewicz (Editors) - £14.99
How can Islam be understood in the context of internal struggles for unity and identity, a rise in anti-Muslim hate crime and continued media portrayals of violence, extremism, warfare and oppression? Looking at Islam as a faith, a whole system with ... more
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Irregular War: Isis and the New Threat from the Margins by Paul Rogers - £9.99
The world has changed. Rather than a clash of civilisations, the West now faces revolts from the margins, driven by widening economic divisions, rising global elites and dangerous environmental constraints.   The emergence of global terrorist ... more
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