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The Verso Book of Dissent: Revolutionary Words from Three Millennia of Rebellion and Resistance. Edited by Andrew Hsiao and Audrea Lim
Preface by Tariq Ali
This anthology, global in scope, presents voices of dissent from every era of human history: speeches and pamphlets, poems and songs, plays and manifestos.
Redemption Song: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties by Mike Marqusee
Foreword by Dave Zirin
A classic book that traces Muhammad Ali’s political development in the sixties.
Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe by Antony Loewenstein
“a keenly observed and timely investigation into rampant resource plunder, privatized detention centers, and an array of other forms of corporate rapacity on four continents. This book will serve as a potent weapon for shock resistors around the world.” – Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine
The latest set in our Radical Thinkers series focuses on Black Radicalism/Politics, with four classic works from leading black radical intellectuals.
If They Come in the Morning … : Voices of Resistance edited by Angela Y. Davis
With race and the police once more burning issues, this classic work from one of America’s giants of black radicalism has lost none of its prescience or power.
Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil by W.E.B. Du Bois. Introduction by Manning Marable
Reflecting the author’s ideas as a politician, historian, and artist, this volume has long moved and inspired readers with its militant cry for social, political, and economic reforms for black Americans.
Invisibility Blues: From Pop to Theory by Michele Wallace
First published in 1990, Michele Wallace’s Invisibility Blues is widely regarded as a landmark in the history of black feminism. Wallace’s considerations of the black experience in America include recollections of her early life in Harlem; a look at the continued underrepresentation of black voices in politics, media, and culture; and the legacy of such figures as Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Cade Bambara, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker.
Beyond Black and White: From Civil Rights to Barack Obama by Manning Marable
Highly acclaimed dissection of the “new racism,” from one of the greatest radical black intellectuals of our time.
Crowds and Party by Jodi Dean
How do mass protests become an organized activist collective?
“In this enthralling and exhilarating book, Jodi Dean shows that, contrary to neo-anarchist cliche, the party form and class struggle are very far from being outmoded. The revival of the party has produced a surge of enthusiasm in contemporary left politics” – Mark Fisher, author of Capitalist Realism
Revolutionary Yiddishland: A History of Jewish Radicalism by Alain Brossat and Sylvia Klingberg. Translated by David Fernbach
“This rich and poignant and often enthralling record traces the Yiddishland revolutionaries from their East European roots through the years of hope and struggle and hideous crimes to the heroic anti-Nazi resistance and beyond” – Noam Chomsky
Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work by Melissa Gira Grant
“A persuasive manifesto… Underneath Grant’s strategically inclusive argument lurks a harder political critique of the transformation of politics and economics since the 1970s.” – London Review of Books
Riot. Strike. Riot: The New Era of Uprisings by Joshua Clover
Baltimore. Ferguson. Tottenham. Clichy-sous-Bois. Oakland. Ours has become an “age of riots” as the struggle of people versus state and capital has taken to the streets. Award-winning poet and scholar Joshua Clover offers a new understanding of this present moment and its history.
Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World by Kumari Jayawardena
Foreword by Rafia Zakaria
For twenty-five years, Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World has been an essential primer on the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century history of women’s movements in Asia and the Middle East. In this engaging and well-researched survey, Kumari Jayawardena presents feminism as it originated in the Third World, erupting from the specific struggles of women fighting against colonial power, for education or the vote, for safety, and against poverty and inequality.
Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter
Edited by Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton
Traces the global spread of the broken-windows policing strategy, first established in New York City under Police Commissioner William Bratton; a doctrine that has vastly broadened police power the world over—to deadly effect.
Close to Home: A Materialist Analysis of Women's Oppression by Christine Delphy
Translated by Diana Leonard. Foreword by Rachel Hills
Close to Home is the classic study of family, patriarchal ideologies, and the politics and strategy of women’s liberation. On the table in this forceful and provocative debate are questions of whether men can be feminists, whether “bourgeois” and heterosexual women are retrogressive members of the women’s movement, and how best to struggle against the multiple oppressions women endure.
Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman by Michele Wallace
Originally published in 1978, Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman caused a storm of controversy. Michele Wallace blasted the masculine biases of the black politics that emerged from the sixties. She described how women remained marginalized by the patriarchal culture of Black Power, demonstrating the ways in which a genuine female subjectivity was blocked by the traditional myths of black womanhood. With a foreword that examines the debate the book has sparked between intellectuals and political leaders, as well as what has—and, crucially, has not—changed over the last four decades, Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman continues to be deeply relevant to current feminist debates and black theory today.
Corbyn: The Strange Rebirth of Radical Politics by Richard Seymour
“One of our most astute political analysts turns his attention to Corbyn, and the result is predictably essential: not just to make sense of how we got to this unlikely situation, but for his thoughts on what the left might do next” – China Miéville
Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History by Vron Ware
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, developed as a political movement within racist societies. Dissecting the different meanings of femininity and womanhood, Beyond the Pale examines the political connections between black and white women, both within contemporary racism and feminism, as well as in historical examples like the anti-slavery movement and the British campaign against lynching in the United States.
Red Rosa: A Graphic Biography of Rosa Luxemburg by Kate Evans
Edited by Paul Buhle
“Utterly brilliant” – Steve Bell, Guardian
A graphic novel of the dramatic life and death of German revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg.
How Will Capitalism End?: Essays on a Failing System by Wolfgang Streeck
“Streeck writes devastatingly and cogently … How Will Capitalism End? provides not so much a … forecast as a warning.” Martin Wolf, Financial Times
Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis by Nancy Fraser
Nancy Fraser’s book traces the feminist movement’s evolution since the 1970s and anticipates a new—radical and egalitarian—phase of feminist thought and action.
Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence by Judith Butler responds to the US's perpetual war and explores how mourning could inspire solidarity.
Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones
A major new exploration of the refugee crisis, focusing on how borders are formed and policed.
“This book is the antidote to the world of walls that we live in, an argument for a world of humanity.” – Vijay Prashad, author of The Poorer Nations: A Possible History of the Global South
Separate and Dominate: Feminism and Racism after the War on Terror by Christine Delphy
“France’s most exciting feminist writer.” – Simone de Beauvoir
Feminist Christine Delphy co-founded the journal Nouvelles questions féministes with Simone de Beauvoir in the 1970s and became one of the most influential figures in French feminism. Separate and Dominate is Delphy’s manifesto, lambasting liberal hypocrisy and calling for a fluid understanding of political identity that does not place different political struggles in a false opposition.
Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution by Shulamith Firestone
*not available in the US or Canada
An international bestseller, originally published in 1970, when Shulamith Firestone was just twenty-five years old, The Dialectic of Sex was the first book of the women’s liberation movement to put forth a feminist theory of politics. Ultimately she presents feminism as the key radical ideology, the missing link between Marx and Freud, uniting their visions of the political and the personal. The Dialectic of Sex remains remarkably relevant today—a testament to Firestone’s startlingly prescient vision.
A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America by Óscar Martínez.
Translated by Daniela Maria Ugaz and John Washington. Introduction by Jon Lee Anderson
“A chilling portrait of corruption, unimaginable brutality and impunity” – Financial Times
Four Futures: Life After Capitalism by Peter Frase
An exhilarating exploration into the utopias and dystopias that could develop from present society.
“Frase injects a sorely needed dose of reality to the conversation, and the result is invigorating ... I lost sleep over it.” – Guardian
The Anti-Social Family by Michèle Barrett and Mary McIntosh
A sensitive but uncompromising socialist-feminist critique of the nuclear family.
Straight Sex: Rethinking the Politics of Pleasure by Lynne Segal
“Once again, Lynne Segal cuts through feminist ambivalence about sex with great intelligence, verve, and courage ... a stunning manifesto of sexual liberation.” — Barbara Ehrenreich
Against Everything: On Dishonest Times by Mark Greif
*please note this book is not available from Verso in the US & Canada
A brilliant collection of essays from one of the most highly acclaimed young writers in the US.
“Mark Greif writes a contrarian, skeptical prose that is at the same time never cynical: it opens out on to beauty and the possibility of change.” – Zadie Smith
Women’s Oppression Today: The Marxist/Feminist Encounter by Michèle Barrett
A classic text in the debate about Marxism and feminism, exploring how gender, sexuality and the “family-household system” operate in relation to contemporary capitalism.
The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir by Ta-Nehisi Coates
*please note this book is not available from Verso in the US & Canada
A small and beautiful epic of growing up in 1980s Baltimore, from the author of Between the World and Me.
“The intellectual heir to James Baldwin.” – Financial Times
In Defense of Housing: The Politics of Crisis by David Madden and Peter Marcuse
In every major city in the world there is a housing crisis. How did this happen and what can we do about it? Looking at the deep political and economic roots of the housing problem, this book detail the need for a radical response and progressive alternatives.
Utopia by Thomas More. Supplement by Ursula K. Le Guin. Introduction by China Miéville
Five-hundred-year anniversary edition of More’s Utopia, with writing from major science fiction writers.
“We can’t do without this book. We are all and have always been Thomas More’s children.” – China Miéville
Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams
“A powerful book: it not only shows us how the postcapitalist world of rapidly improving technology could make us free, but it also shows us how we can organise to get there. This is a must-read.” – Paul Mason, author of Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future
The ABCs of Socialism
Edited by Bhaskar Sunkara. Illustrated by Phil Wrigglesworth
The remarkable run of self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” Bernie Sanders for president of the United States has prompted—for the first time in decades and to the shock of many—a national conversation about socialism.
This slim, accessible, irreverent introduction to socialism by the writers of Jacobin magazine is the perfect gift to anyone recently interested in socialism!
The Muslims Are Coming!: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror by Arun Kundnani
The new front in the War on Terror is the “homegrown enemy,” domestic terrorists who have become the focus of sprawling counterterrorism structures of policing and surveillance in the United States and across Europe. Domestic surveillance has mushroomed – at least 100,000 Muslims in America have been secretly under scrutiny. Based on several years of research and reportage, this is the first comprehensive critique of counterradicalization strategies.
The Communist Manifesto / The April Theses by Karl Marx & Frederick Engels and V. I. Lenin
A new beautiful edition of the Communist Manifesto, combined with Lenin’s key revolutionary tract.
Serve the People: Making Asian America in the Long Sixties by Karen L. Ishizuka
Foreword by Jeff Chang
Until the political ferment of the Long Sixties, there were no Asian Americans. There were only isolated communities of mostly Chinese, Japanese, and Filipinos lumped together as “Orientals.” Serve the People tells the story of the social and cultural movement that knit these disparate communities into a political identity, the history of how—and why—the double consciousness of Asian America came to be.
Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune by Kristin Ross
“This is an indispensable text for all current left theory!” – Fredric Jameson
This original analysis of an event and its centrifugal effects brings to life the workers in Paris who became revolutionaries, the significance they attributed to their struggle, and the elaboration and continuation of their thought in the encounters that transpired between the insurrection’s survivors and supporters like Marx, Kropotkin, and William Morris.
50% off all these books (with free worldwide shipping) ends Feb 15, midnight (UTC).