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Where the Line is Drawn: Crossing Boundaries in Occupied Palestine by Raja Shehadeh - £14.99
As a young boy, Raja Shehadeh was entranced by a forbidden Israeli postage stamp in his uncle's album, intrigued by tales of a green land beyond the border. Impossible then to know what Israel would come to mean to him, or to foresee the future occup ... more
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Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism by L.A. Kauffman - £9.99
A longtime movement insider's powerful account of the origins of today's protest movements and what they can achieve now.   As Americans take to the streets in record numbers to resist the presidency of Donald Trump, L.A. Kauffman’s timely, ... more
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Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left by Helena Sheehan - £16.99
Utterly corrupt corporate and government elites bankrupted Greece twice over. First, by profligate deficit spending benefitting only themselves; second, by agreeing to an IMF “bailout” of the Greek economy, devastating ordinary Greek citizens who ... more
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Movement Parties Against Austerity by Donatella della Porta, Joseba Fernández, Hara Kouki and Lorenzo Mosca - £16.99
The ascendance of austerity policies and the wave of protests they have generated have had a deep impact on the shape of contemporary politics. The stunning electoral successes of Syriza in Greece, Podemos in Spain and the Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S) in ... more
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Bob Crow: Socialist, Leader, Fighter: A Political Biography by Gregor Gall - £20.00
Bob Crow was the most high-profile and militant union leader of his generation. This biography focuses on his leadership of the RMT union, examining and exposing a number of popular myths created about him by political opponents. Using the schema of ... more
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The Raqqa Diaries: Escape from Islamic State by Samer - £9.99
Since ISIS occupied Raqqa in eastern Syria, it has become one of the most isolated and fear-ridden cities on earth.  The sale of televisions has been banned, wearing trousers the wrong length is a punishable offence, and using a mobile phone ... more
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The Benn Diaries by Tony Benn - £30.00
Tony Benn was one of the twentieth century's most charismatic politicians. The Benn Diaries, kept for almost seventy years, are a uniquely authoritative, fascinating and readable record of the political life of our times.  This single-volume ... more
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The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine by Ben Ehrenreich - £9.99
This is a book about Palestine today. It is neither apologetic nor romanticized, but a powerful and brilliantly realized scream of a book, scorching and tender, from a journalist whose anger and empathy burn through every word.   Over the past thr ... more
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The Unchosen: The Lives of Israel's New Others by Mya Guarnieri Jaradat - £14.99
Drawing on a decade of courageous and pioneering reporting, Mya Guarnieri Jaradat brings us an unprecedented and compelling look at the lives of asylum seekers and migrant workers in Israel, who hail mainly from Africa and Asia.  From illegal ... more
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I am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin and Raoul Peck - £8.99
The New York Times bestseller based on the Oscar nominated documentary film.   In June 1979, the writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin embarked on a project to tell the story of America through the lives of three of his murdered friends: ... more
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Planet of Slums by Mike Davis - £9.99
The classic, brilliant, best-selling account of the rise of the world’s slums, where, according to the United Nations, one billion people now live.   According to the United Nations, more than one billion people now live in the slums of the ... more
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When We Rise: My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones - £14.99
A personal memoir from a leading figure in the gay rights movement, and partial inspiration for the acclaimed mini-series When We Rise from Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, executive producer Gus Van Sant, and starring Guy Pearc ... more
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Where are the Unions? Workers and Social Movements in Latin America, the Middle East and Europe by Sian Lazar (Editor) - £19.99
The first fully comprehensive comparison of the Latin American ‘turn to the left’, the Middle East and North African ‘Arab Spring’ and the Occupy and anti-austerity movements of Europe and North America, with a focus on the apparent lack of u ... more
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Another Economy is Possible: Culture and Economy in a Time of Crisis by Manuel Castells - £17.99
Throughout the Western world, governments and financial elites responded to the financial crisis of 2008 by trying to restore the conditions of business as usual, but the economic, social and human damage inflicted by the crisis has given rise to a r ... more
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Cast Away: Stories of Survival from Europe's Refugee Crisis by Charlotte McDonald-Gibson - £9.99
Riot police are shutting down borders, 800 lives are lost in a single shipwreck, a boy's body washes up on a beach: this is the European Union in summer 2015. But how did a bloc founded upon the values of human rights and dignity for all reach this p ... more
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The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria by Janine di Giovanni - £9.99
Winner of the Hay Festival Award for Prose Winner of the 2016 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award Shortlisted for the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Excellence in Journalism Award   In May of 2012, Janine di Giovanni travelled to Syr ... more
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Romantic Rationalist: A William Godwin Reader by William Godwin, edited by Peter Marshall - £15.99
William Godwin (1756–1836) was one of the first exponents of utilitarianism and the first modern proponent of anarchism. He was not only a radical philosopher but a pioneer in libertarian education, a founder of communist economics, and an acute an ... more
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Modern Women: 52 Pioneers by Kira Cochrane - £20.00
Modern Women is a celebration of some of the­ influential and inspiring women who have changed the world through their lives, work and actions. From suffragettes to scientists, activists to artists, politicians to pilots and writers to riot grrrls, ... more
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Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There by Rutger Bregman - £16.99
A Sunday Times Bestseller.  We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. Rutger Bregman ... more
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Romaphobia: The Last Acceptable Form of Racism by Aidan McGarry - £14.99
Identifies the origins of Romaphobia, and points to meaningful ways to promote the inclusion of Roma in society.   Demonised by the media and persecuted for hundreds of years Roma communities are among the most persecuted groups in Europe. Based o ... more
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Beyond Brexit? How to Assess the UK's Future by Janice Morphet - £9.99
As the UK negotiates Brexit, what are the effects, implications and challenges that lie ahead? Janice Morphet takes a long term view on the range of institutional and operational options that may be deployed by the UK, EU and other international inst ... more
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Parliament Ltd: A Journey to the Dark Heart of British Politics by Martin Williams - £9.99
Investigative journalist Martin Williams lifts the lid on the hidden greed and corruption within British politics in this explosive expos�. "Eye-popping analysis of politicians' finances... a ground-breaking study... a fascinating and important ... more
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The Last Day of Oppression, and the First Day of the Same by Jeffery Webber - £16.99
In this penetrating volume, Jeffery Webber explains the political dynamics and conflicts underpinning the contradictory evolution of left-wing governments and social movements in Latin America in the last two decades.   Throughout the 2000s, L ... more
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What We Do Now: Standing Up for Your Values in Trump's America by Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians (Editors) - £12.99
Short, powerful essays on what we can do now to cope with Trump’s election, and how, moving forward, we can protect our values, our politics, and our country.  Contributors:   Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the Nati ... more
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Respectable: The Experience of Class by Lynsey Hanley - £9.99
Society is often talked about as a ladder, from which you can climb from bottom to top. The walls are less talked about. This book is about how people try to get over them, whether they manage to or not.   In autumn 1992, growing up on a vast Birm ... more
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How to Thrive in the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow's World Today by John Thackara - £9.99
A visionary yet practical guide to building a more sustainable future, by one of the great voices of the environmental movement.   Is there no escape from an economy that devours nature in the name of endless growth? John Thackara’s answer i ... more
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Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin - £12.99
On February 26th 2012 seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was walking home with a bag of Skittles and a can of juice when a fatal encounter with a gun-wielding neighbourhood watchman ended his young life. In a matter of weeks, Trayvon Martin’s name w ... more
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The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of Bankers by Ann Pettifor - £12.99
What is money, where does it come from, and who controls it?  In this accessible, brilliantly argued book, leading political economist Ann Pettifor explains in straightforward terms history’s most misunderstood invention: the money system. Pe ... more
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And the Weak Suffer What They Must? Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability by Yanis Varoufakis - £8.99
THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER 1 BESTSELLER � The crisis in Europe is not over, it's getting worse. In this dramatic narrative of Europe�s economic rise and spectacular fall, Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister of Greece, �the emerging rock st ... more
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Renegade: The Life and Times of Darcus Howe by Robin Bunce and Paul Field - £9.99
Born in Trinidad during the dying days of British colonialism, Darcus Howe has become an uncompromising champion of racial justice. The book examines how Howe's unique political outlook was inspired by the example of his friend and mentor C.L.R. Jame ... more
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Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbours by Slavoj �i�ek - £7.99
Today, hundreds of thousands of people, desperate to escape war, violence and poverty, are crossing the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Europe. Our response from our protected European standpoint, argues Slavoj Zizek, offers two versions of ideologic ... more
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Street Spirit: The Power of Protest and Mischief by Steve Crawshaw, with a Foreword by Ai Weiwei - £16.99
When no one’s listening, it takes more than shouting louder to be heard...   Street Spirit is a celebration of some of the most remarkable protests from around the world that have used humour, courage and creativity to bring about change. Am ... more
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Indefensible: Seven Myths That Sustain the Global Arms Trade by Paul Holden et al. - £9.99
Although there is often opposition to individual wars, most people continue to believe that the arms industry is necessary in some form: to safeguard our security, provide jobs and stimulate the economy. Not only conservatives, but many progressives ... more
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Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Jerry Kaplan - £10.99
An insightful, engaging tour by a noted Silicon Valley insider of how accelerating developments in Artificial Intelligence will transform the way we live and work.   Selected as one of the 10 best science and technology books of 2015 by The Econom ... more
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"They Can't Kill Us All": The Story of Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery - £9.99
A deeply reported book on the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement, offering unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America, and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it   In over a year of on-the-ground ... more
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The Ways of the World by David Harvey - £9.99
The essential anthology of writings by the world's leading Marxist thinker: this book presents a sequence of landmark works in David Harvey's intellectual journey over five decades.   It shows how experiencing the riots, despair and injustice ... more
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The Rise of the Right: English Nationalism and the Transformation of Working-Class Politics by Simon Winlow, Steve Hall and James Treadwell - £12.99
The shock Brexit result highlighted a worrying trend: underemployed white men and women who have seen their standard of living fall, their communities disintegrate and their sense of value, function and inclusion diminish, desperately want a mainstre ... more
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A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming - £16.99
This is the story of Doaa, an ordinary girl from a village in Syria, who in 2015 became one of five hundred people crammed on to a fishing boat setting sail for Europe. The boat was deliberately capsized, and of those five hundred people, eleven surv ... more
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The Egyptians: A Radical Story by Jack Shenker - £10.99
"I started reading this and couldn't stop. It's a remarkable piece of work, and very revealing. A stirring rendition of a people's revolution."(Noam Chomsky) "The deepest and most comprehensive account of Egypt's revolution in the English language ... more
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Black Power 50 by Sylviane A. Diouf and Komozi Woodard (Editors) - £21.99
With a foreword by Khalil Gibran Muhammad.   The fully illustrated companion to a major exhibit at New York’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a sweeping fiftieth-anniversary retrospective of Black Power in America and around ... more
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Trump: A Graphic Biography by Ted Rall - £9.99
Real Estate Billionaire. Reality TV star. President?   Donald Trump inherited a fortune from his father. But he wanted more.   Shrewd and indefatigable, he never missed an opportunity to expand his holdings. He transformed himself into ... more
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Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? Police Violence and Resistance in the United States by Joe Macaré, Maya Schenwar and Alana Yu-lan Price (Editors) - £15.99
A thorough and timely exploration of the reality of US police violence against Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.   What is the reality of policing in the United States? Do the police keep anyone safe and secure other than the very wealthy? ... more
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Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life by Nato Thompson - £20.00
"Culture As Weapon is a brilliant and scathing take no prisoners critique of contemporary culture. Spanning military occupation, capitalism masquerading as charity, and personal computing, Nato Thompson shows us the dark side of how culture is deploy ... more
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Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the American Circus by Matt Taibbi - £14.99
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  "The thing is, when you actually think about it, it's not funny. Given what's at stake, it's more like the opposite, like the first sign of the collapse of the United States as a global superpower. Twenty years from ... more
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Last Interview - and Other Conversations by Martin Luther King, Jr. - £12.99
As the Black Lives Matter movement gains momentum, and books like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me and Claudia Rankine’s Citizen swing national attention toward the racism and violence that continue to poison our communities, it’s as ... more
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The Ministry of Nostalgia: Consuming Austerity by Owen Hatherley - £9.99
Why should we have to “Keep Calm and Carry On”?  In this brilliant polemical rampage, Owen Hatherley shows how our past is being resold in order to defend the indefensible. From the marketing of a “make do and mend” aesthetic to the gro ... more
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Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Woman Who are Transforming the Arab World by Katherine Zoepf - £12.99
For more than a decade, Katherine Zoepf has lived in or traveled throughout the Arab world, reporting on the lives of women, whose role in the region has never been more in flux. Only a generation ago, female adolescence as we know it in the West did ... more
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The Lost World of British Communism by Raphael Samuel - £12.99
A fascinating account of life as a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain.   The Lost World of British Communism is a vivid account of the Communist Party of Great Britain. Raphael Samuel, one of post-war Britain’s most notable histo ... more
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Hillsborough Voices: The Real Story Told by the People Themselves by Kevin Sampson, in association with the Hillsborough Justice Campaign - £8.99
On 15 April 1989 the world witnessed one of the worst football disasters occur at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield: 96 people were crushed to death and another 766 injured in what later was admitted to be caused by a shocking failure by police. ... more
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Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe by Antony Loewenstein - £9.99
How Capitalism makes a fortune from disaster, poverty and catastrophe.   Disaster has become big business. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, ... more
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The New Way of the World: On Neoliberal Society by Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval - £12.99
Exploring the genesis of neoliberalism, and the political and economic circumstances of its deployment, Pierre Dardot and Christian Laval dispel numerous common misconceptions.  Neoliberalism is neither a return to classical liberalism nor the r ... more
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