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  • THE BREAK-UP OF BRITAIN

    In this classic text, first published in 1977, Tom Nairn memorably depicts the slow foundering of the United Kingdom on the rocks of constitutional anachronism, its fall from empire and the gathering force of civic nationalism. Rich in comparisons between the nationalisms of the British Isles and those of the wider world, The Break-Up of Britain concludes by reflecting on the Janus-faced nature of national identity. Postscripts from the Thatcher and New Labour years trace the political strategies whose upshot accelerated the demise of a British order they were intended to serve.

    As a second Scottish independence referendum beckons, a new introduction by open Democracys Anthony Barnett underlines the book?s enduring relevance.
    ISBN: 9781781683200
    Publisher: VERSO
    Subtitle: CRISIS AND NEO NATIONALISM
    Author: TOM NAIRN

     2,195
  • DISASTER CAPITALISM

    Disaster has become big business. Best selling journalist Antony Loewenstein travels across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies cash in on organized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining.

    What emerges through Loewenstein’s re-porting is a dark history of multinational corporations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valuable commodity.

    ISBN: 9781784781156
    AUTHOR: ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN
    ISBN: 9781784781156
    Publisher: VERSO
    Subtitle: MAKING A KILLING OUT OF CATASTROPHE
    Author: ANTONY LOEWENSTEIN

     3,995
  • NIGHT OF THE GOLDEN BUTTERFLY

    ight of the Golden Butterfly concludes the Islam Quintet Tariq Ali’s much lauded series of historical novels, translated into more than a dozen languages, that has been twenty years in the writing. Completing an epic panorama that began in fifteenth-century Moorish Spain, the latest novel moves between the cities of the twenty-first century, from Lahore to London, from Paris to Beijing. The narrator is rung one morning and reminded that he owes a debt of honour.
    ISBN: 9781781680063
    AUTHOR: TARIQ ALI
    ISBN: 9781781680063
    Publisher: VERSO
    Subtitle:
    Author: TARIQ ALI

     1,595
  • THE ROMANCE OF AMERICAN COMMUNISM

    ‘Before I knew that I was Jewish or a girl I knew that I was a member of the working class.’
    So begins Vivian Gornick?s exploration of how the world of socialists, communists, and progressives in the 1940s and 1950s created a rich, diverse world where ordinary men and women felt their lives connected to a larger human project. Now back in print after its initial publication in 1977 and with a new introduction by the author, The Romance of American Communism is a landmark work of new journalism, profiling American Communist Party members and fellow travelers as they joined the Party, lived within its orbit, and left in disillusionment and disappointment as Stalin?s crimes became public.
    ISBN: 9781788735506
    AUTHOR: VIVIAN GORNICK
    ISBN: 9781788735506
    Publisher: VERSO
    Subtitle:
    Author: VIVIAN GORNICK

     1,995
  • KILL CHAIN

    Kill Chain is the essential history of drone warfare, a development in military technology that, as Andrew Cockburn demonstrates, has its origins in long-buried secret programmes dating to US military interventions in Vietnam and Yugoslavia. Cockburn follows the links in a chain that stretches from the White House, through the drone command center in Nevada, to the skies of Helmand Province. The book reveals the powerful interests-military, CIA and corporate-that turned the Pentagon away from manned aircraft and boots on the ground to killing by remote control. Cockburn uncovers the technological breakthroughs, the revolution in military philosophy, and the devastating collateral damage resulting from assassinations allegedly targeted with pinpoint precision. Vivid, powerful and chilling, Kill Chain draws on sources deep in the military and intelligence establishment to lay bare the failure of the modern American way of war.
    ISBN: 9781784782696
    AUTHOR: ANDREW COCKBURN
    ISBN: 9781784782696
    Publisher: VERSO
    Subtitle: DRONES AND THE RISE OF HIGH-TECH ASSASSINS
    Author: ANDREW COCKBURN

     1,795
  • RADICAL HAPPINESS

    Why are we so obsessed by the pursuit of happiness? With new ways to measure contentment we are told that we have a right to individual joy. But at what cost? In an age of increasing individualism, we have never been more alone and miserable. But what if the true nature of happiness can only be found in others? In Radical Happiness, leading feminist thinker Lynne Segal believes that we have lost the art of radical happiness-the art of transformative, collective joy. She shows that only in the revolutionary potential of coming together it is that we can come to understand the powers of flourishing. Radical Happiness is a passionate call for the re-discovery of the political and emotional joy that emerge when we learn to share our lives together.
    ISBN: 9781786637444
    AUTHOR: LYNNE SEGAL
    ISBN: 9781786637444
    Publisher: VERSO
    Subtitle: MOMENTS OF COLLECTIVE JOY
    Author: LYNNE SEGAL

     1,895
  • A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

    El Salvador and Honduras have had the highest homicide rates in the world over the past ten years. Oscar Martinez, author of The Beast, which was named one of the best books of the year by the Economist and the Financial Times, shares a beautiful and immersive account of life in one of the most violent places on earth. Martinez travels to Nicaraguan fishing towns, southern Mexican brothels where Central American women are trafficked, isolated Guatemalan jungle villages and crime-ridden Salvadoran slums. With his precise and empathetic reporting, he reveals the underbelly of some of the most dangerous places in the world, going undercover to drink with narcos, accompanying police patrols, riding in trafficking boats and hiding out with a gang informer. The result is an unforgettable portrait of a region of fear, helping to explain why migrants have been fleeing the area by the millions
    ISBN: 9781784784430
    Publisher: VERSO
    Subtitle: LIVING AND DYING IN CENTRAL AMERICA
    Author: OSCAR MARTINEZ

     1,695
  • THE CLASH OF FUNDAMENTALISMS

    `In this timely and important book, Tariq Ali puts the events of September 11 into sweeping historical perspective. As we have come to expect from him, he is lucid, eloquent, literary, and painfully honest, as he dissects both Islamic and Western fundamentalism.’ Howard Zinn

    `[Ali] finds little to distinguish between the organised violence of the United States and that of those who oppose it …’ Sydney Morning Herald

    The book is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of the nightmare of history from which so many people are struggling to awake, and deserves serious engagement and consideration. Ali broadens our horizons, geographically, historically, intellectually and politically…. Ali has a sharp mind and wit. His mode of history telling is lyrical and engaging, humane and passionate.’ Anthony Arnove, The Nation

    `As … Ali suggests, the notion that September 11 represents a new epoch or a historic turning point is little more than propaganda.’ Peter Rodgers, The Weekend Australian

    `Ali’s style is vigorous, his narrative compelling, showing that the short-term, self-interested and oil-greedy policies of the British and Americans in such countries as Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Iran must make our much-vaunted ideals of democracy and equity seem like a bad joke.’ Karen Armstrong, The Times

    `Dissatisfied with explanations that the attacks could be reduced to the psychic disorders of a few Islamic militants who hate the US for its sheer “innate goodness”, Chalmers Johnson, Noam Chomsky and Tariq All published lucid, historical explanations of why the. US is so hated and feared in Central Asia and the Middle East.’ Scott Burchill, The Age
    ISBN: 185984457X
    Publisher: LONDON
    Subtitle: CRUSADES, JIHADS AND MODERNITY
    Author: TARIQ ALI

     1,495
  • MODERN TSARS AND PRINCES


    ISBN: 1859849148
    Publisher: VERSO
    Subtitle: THE STRUGGLE FOR HEGEMONY IN RUSIA
    Author: JEREMY LESTER

     13,869
  • THE MAKING OF POLITICAL IDENTITIES


    ISBN: 0860916634
    Publisher: VERSO
    Subtitle:
    Author: ERNESTO LACLAU

     4,305
  • THE WAY OF THE WORLD


    ISBN: 0860911594
    Publisher: VERSO
    Subtitle: THE BILDUNGSROMAN IN EUROPEAN CULTURE
    Author: FRANCO MORETTI

     7,698
  • THE TRAGEDY OF AFGHANISTAN


    ISBN: 0860912086
    Publisher: VERSO
    Subtitle: A FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT
    Author: RAJA ANWAR

     4,305 5,538