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Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google & Amazon Have Cornered Culture&Undermined Democracy by Jonathan Taplin - £8.99
LONGLISTED FOR THE FT & MCKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD   Google. Amazon. Facebook. The modern world is defined by vast digital monopolies turning ever-larger profits. Those of us who consume the content that feeds them are farmed for ... more
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Dear Zealots: Letters from a Divided Land by Amos Oz - £10.99
"Concise, evocative... Dear Zealots is not just a brilliant book of thoughts and ideas – it is a depiction of the struggle of one man who, for decades, has insisted on keeping a sharp, strident and lucid perspective in the face of chaos and at time ... more
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Too Much Stuff: Capitalism in Crisis by Kozo Yamamura - £9.99
Where has capitalism gone wrong? Why are advanced capitalist economies so sick and why do conventional policy solutions, such as reduced taxes and increased money supply, produce only wider income disparity and inequality?   We now live in a n ... more
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Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, and Anna Rosling Rönnlund - £12.99
A timely, short and essential book about the power of facts in a post-truth world, by late international sensation Hans Rosling ('a true inspiration' - Bill Gates) and his long-term collaborators Ola and Anna.   Factfulness: The stress-reducin ... more
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Pay No Heed to the Rockets: Palestine in the Present Tense by Marcello Di Cintio - £8.99
Across Palestine, from the Allenby Bridge and Ramallah, to Jerusalem and Gaza, Marcello Di Cintio has met with writers, poets, librarians, booksellers and readers, finding extraordinary stories in every corner. Stories of how revolutionary writing is ... more
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What Would Marx Do? How the greatest political theorists would solve your everyday problems by Gareth Southwell - £12.99
Let the greatest political philosophers in history answer all your everyday questions and in doing so make even the most complex political theories easy to understand.  Have you ever wondered what Kant might have to say about your addiction t ... more
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Borderwall as Architecture: A Manifesto for the U.S.-Mexico Boundary by Ronald Rael - £24.95
Borderwall as Architecture is an artistic and intellectual hand grenade of a book, and a timely re-examination of what the physical barrier that divides the United States of America from the United Mexican States is and could be.  It is both a p ... more
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The Working Class: Poverty, Education and Alternative Voices by Ian Gilbert - £24.99
In The Working Class: Poverty, Education and Alternative Voices, Ian Gilbert unites educators from across the UK and further afield to call on all those working in schools to adopt a more enlightened and empathetic approach to supporting children in ... more
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Between The Bullet And The Lie: Essays on Orwell by Kristian Williams - £15.00
Old debates about democracy vs. socialism vs. fascism are back. Missing from today’s versions are the voices of moral clarity, those that challenge us to be our best selves in difficult times. Kristian Williams has mined the intellect of a man who, ... more
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Coretta: My Life, My Love, My Legacy by Coretta Scott King and Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds - £10.99
The life story of Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King Jr. and singular twentieth-century American civil and human rights activist. "Coretta is more relevant today than ever... a female who takes responsibility for creating something bet ... more
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Why Marx Was Right by Terry Eagleton - £10.99
In this combative, controversial book, Terry Eagleton takes issue with the prejudice that Marxism is dead and done with. Taking ten of the most common objections to Marxism - that it leads to political tyranny, that it reduces everything to the econo ... more
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Posters for Change: Tear, Paste, Protest: 50 Removable Posters by Various artists - £21.99
The US presidential election in 2016 brought to a head myriad political activism around the world, around the rights of minorities, women, the LGBTQ community, and the environment. In the midst of this turmoil, nearly 300 designers from around the wo ... more
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Where the Line is Drawn: Crossing Boundaries in Occupied Palestine by Raja Shehadeh - £8.99
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.He couldn't have known then what Israel would come to mean to him, or to foresee the future oc ... more
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Protest! Stories of Resistance by Ra Page (Editor) - £12.99
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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Everywoman: One Woman's Truth About Speaking the Truth by Jess Phillips - £8.99
Shortlisted for the Parliamentary Book Awards 2017: the perfect book for International Women's Day.   If you’re thinking, ‘Jess, who?’ then I’m glad that there was something about ‘Everywoman’ and ‘truth’ that caught your eye. ... more
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A New Politics from the Left by Hilary Wainwright - £9.99
Millions of people passionately desire a viable alternative to austerity, authoritarianism and fear. They reject both corporate capitalism and an elite political system over which they have no control, but they are sceptical of the traditional weapon ... more
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Reframing 1968: American Politics, Protest and Identity by Martin Halliwell and Nick Witham (Editors) - £24.99
The first 50-year retrospective of the most tumultuous year the 1960s for activism and radical politics.  The assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy. Gay rights, women's rights and civil rights. The Black Panthers and the Viet ... more
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Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth - £9.99
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER   Economics is broken. It has failed to predict, let alone prevent, financial crises that have shaken the foundations of our societies. Its outdated theories have permitted a world in which extreme poverty persists whil ... more
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Blood Barrios: Dispatches from the World's Deadliest Streets by Alberto Arce - £10.99
Winner of the 2018 PEN Translates Award for Non-Fiction Features illustrations by the Honduran artist Germán Andino   Welcome to a country that has a higher casualty rate than Iraq. Wander streets considered the deadliest in the world. ... more
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Of Women: In the 21st Century by Shami Chakrabarti - £9.99
A powerful, urgent and timely polemic on why women still need equality, and how we get there.  It is the greatest human rights abuse on the planet. It blights first and developing worlds, rich and poor women's health, wealth, education, repre ... more
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Police: A Field Guide by David Correia and Tyler Wall - £12.99
Radical glossary of the vocabulary of policing that redefines the very way we understand law enforcement.   It doesn’t take firsthand experience to learn the meaning of pain compliance or rough ride.   Police: A Field Guide is an illu ... more
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Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge - £8.99
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 histo ... more
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The Candidate by Alex Nunns - £10.99
NEW EDITION WITH EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE 2017 ELECTION   WINNER OF THE 2017 BREAD AND ROSES AWARD FOR RADICAL PUBLISHING   In June 2017 an earthquake shook the very foundations of British politics. With Labour widely predicted to suff ... more
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Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There by Rutger Bregman - £8.99
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, a ... more
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Marxism: A Graphic Guide by Rupert Woodfin and Oscar Zarate - £11.99
Karl Marx was one of the most influential thinkers of the late 19th century, inspiring revolutions and colossal political upheavals that have radically transformed the lives of millions of people and the geopolitical map of the entire world. But was ... more
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Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch - £16.99
Where are you really from?   You’re British. Your parents are British. You were raised in Britain. Your partner, your children and most of your friends are British.   So why do people keep asking you where you are from?   Brit(ish) is abou ... more
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Radicals: Outsiders Changing the World by Jamie Bartlett - £9.99
In the last few years the world has changed in unexpected ways. The power of radical ideas and groups is growing. What was once considered extreme is now the mainstream. But what is life like on the political fringes? What is the real power of radica ... more
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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Woolff - £20.00
With extraordinary access to the Trump White House, Michael Wolff tells the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time.   The first nine months of Donald Trump's term were stormy, outrageous - and absolutely mesmerising. Now, th ... more
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What by Tom Slee - £9.99
Airbnb facilitates the booking of over 37 million overnight stays per year. Uber operates in 450 cities in 60 countries. Both claim to be part of the rapidly growing ‘sharing economy’ — but what does that actually mean?   Here, Tom Slee offe ... more
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Introducing Intersectionality by Mary Romero - £16.99
How can we hope to understand social inequality without considering race, class, and gender in tandem? How do they interact with other categories such as sexuality, citizenship, and ableism? How does an inclusive analysis of domination and privilege ... more
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Broken Benefits: What's Gone Wrong with Welfare Reform by Sam Royston - £15.00
Britain is going through the most radical upheaval of the benefits system since its foundations were laid at the end of the 1940s. In Broken Benefits, Sam Royston argues that social security isn’t working, and without a change in direction, it will ... more
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Europe's Fault Lines: Racism and the Rise of the Right by Liz Fekete - £14.99
An expansive investigation into the relationship between contemporary states and the far-right.   It is clear that the right is on the rise, but after Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the spike in popularity of extreme-right parties across ... more
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Bittersweet Brexit: The Future of Food, Farming, Land and Labour by Charlie Clutterbuck - £19.99
*Selected as one of openDemocracy's Best Political Books of 2017*   Although widely criticised and hugely wasteful, The Common Agricultural Policy did at least afford British farmers a degree of support. Post-Brexit, that support will vanish - ... more
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Things That Help: Healing Our Lives Through Feminism, Anarchism, Punk, & Adventure by Cindy Crabb - £14.99
Living in the margins of a culture she never felt comfortable in, Cindy Crabb touches on her experiences with feminism, girl-gangs, abuse, and gender identity. With stories, essays, interviews, and more, Cindy writes with fierce honesty and compassio ... more
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I Can't Breathe: The Killing that Started a Movement by Matt Taibbi - £12.99
The incredible story of the death of Eric Garner, the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement and the new fault lines of race, protest, policing and the power of the people.   On July 17, 2014, a forty-three-year-old black man named Eric Garn ... more
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No Refuge for Women: The Tragic Fate of Syrian Refugees by Maria Von Welser - £12.99
An exposé of the hidden suffering that over half of Syria’s refugees endure and the conflicts they continue to flee.   No refuge: this is the harsh reality encountered by the women and children who flee Syria in search of safety. When boatl ... more
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Red Star Over Russia: Revolution in Visual Culture, 1905-55 by Natalia Sidlina and Matthew Gale - £9.99
In exploring the intersection of art, politics and society, few collections in the world can compare with the David King collection. Published to accompany the Red Star Over Russia exhibition at Tate Modern, this accessible and highly illustrated cat ... more
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Freedom Hospital: A Syrian Story by Hamid Sulaiman - £16.99
"With the intimacy of a person who has lived the tragedy himself but with the restraint of a true artist, Hamid Sulaiman tells a powerful tale of Syria’s descent into cataclysm while reminding us of those still tending the seeds of the revolutionar ... more
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After Charlie Hebdo: Terror, Racism and Free Speech by Gavan Titley, Des Freedman, Gholam Khiabany, and Aurélien Mondon (Editors) - £16.99
An incisive and timely analysis of the impact the Paris terror attacks have had on today’s struggles over multiculturalism, integration and freedom of speech.  As the world looked on in horror at the Paris terror attacks of January and Nove ... more
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The Corbyn Effect by Mark Perryman (Editor) - £15.00
"Jeremy Corbyn has re-packaged socialism into something progressive and essential, something that isn’t archaic as we’ve been told it is for so long. Striving for justice and fairness isn’t a sign of our weakness but the sign of our great stren ... more
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For A Libertarian Communism by Daniel Guérin - £13.99
Daniel Guérin not only provides a critique of the socialist and communist parties of his day, he analyzes some of the most fundamental and pressing questions with which all radicals must engage.   In his foreword to an earlier collection of e ... more
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This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century by Mark and Paul Engler - £13.99
From protests around climate change and immigrant rights, to Occupy, the Arab Spring, and #BlackLivesMatter, a new generation is unleashing strategic nonviolent action to shape public debate and force political change. When mass movements erupt onto ... more
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Student Revolt: Voices of the Austerity Generation by Matt Myers - £12.99
*Selected as one of openDemocracy's Best Political Books of 2017*   Whatever happened to the student revolt? In 2010 young people across Britain took to the streets to defy a wave of government attacks on education, increasing tuition fees, an ... more
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The Age of Jihad: Islamic State and the Great War for the Middle East by Patrick Cockburn - £12.99
From the award-winning author of The Rise of Islamic State, the essential story of the Middle East’s disintegration.  The Age of Jihad charts the turmoil of today’s Middle East and the devastating role the West has played in the region from 200 ... more
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Know Your Place: Essays on the Working Class by the Working Class by Nathan Connolly (Editor) - £15.99
"In July 2016, a little over a month after the Brexit vote, Nikesh Shukla, the man behind The Good Immigrant, tweeted:   Someone should do a Good Immigrant-style state of the nation book of essays by writers from working class backgrounds.  Ou ... more
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Terrorism and Communism: A Reply to Karl Kautsky by Leon Trotsky, with an introduction by Slavoj Žižek - £9.99
Trotsky and Slavoj Žižek defend revolutionary violence.   Written in the white heat of revolutionary Russia’s Civil War, Trotsky’s Terrorism and Communism is one of the most potent defenses of revolutionary dictatorship.  In his pro ... more
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On Practice and Contradiction by Mao Tse-Tung, with an introduction by Slavoj Žižek - £9.99
The writings that underpinned the Chinese revolution, introduced by Slavoj Žižek.  These early philosophical writings underpinned the Chinese revolutions, and Mao’s clarion call to insurrection has lost none of its ability to stir the blo ... more
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Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi - £9.99
The first and only diary written by a Guantanamo detainee during his imprisonment, now with previous censored material restored. Mohamedou Ould Slahi was imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay in 2002.There he suffered the worst of what the prison had to ... more
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Disobedient Theatre: Alternative Ways to Inspire, Animate and Play by Chris Johnston - £18.99
Theatre is at its best when it is disobedient, when it argues back to society. But what enables it to achieve this impact? What makes it a force to be reckoned with? What are the principles and the tools of the trade that shape it to be effective, po ... more
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Notes From Underground: Zines and the Politics of Alternative Culture by Stephen Duncombe - £17.99
"Zines and underground culture offer up an alternative, a way of understanding and acting in the world that operates with different rules and upon different values than those of consumer capitalism. It is an alternative fraught with contradictions an ... more
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Do We Need Economic Inequality? by Danny Dorling - £9.99
Although economic inequality provokes widespread disquiet, its supposed necessity is rarely questioned. At best, a basic level of inequality is seen as a necessary evil. At worst, it is seen as insufficient to encourage aspiration, hard work and inve ... more
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