Authors

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    Mike Davis

    Mike Davis is the author of several books including City of Quartz, The Monster at Our Door, Buda...
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    Arundhati Roy

    “Revolutions can, and often have, begun with reading.
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    Michele Wallace

    “Courageous, outspoken, clear-eyed.” — Publishers Weekly
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    Angela Y. Davis

    Angela Y. Davis is a political activist, scholar, author, and speaker. She is the author of...
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    Juliet Jacques

    “Powerful and engaging.” — New York Times

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    Ta-Nehisi Coates

    “The young James Joyce of the hip-hop generation.” — Walter Mosley 

Books

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    Buda’s Wagon

    The brilliant and disturbing 100-year history of the “poor man’s air force,” the ubiquitous weapon of urban mass destruction

    11 posts

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    Planet of Slums

    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

    20 posts

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    Late Victorian Holocausts

    A magisterial melding of global ecological and political history, disclosing the nineteenth-century roots of underdevelopment in what became the Third World

    9 posts

Events

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    January 24, 2017

    Newcastle, United Kingdom

    Waterstones Newcastle

    An Evening with John Rees

    Join historian and activist John Rees to discuss his new book, The Leveller Revolution.
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    February 02, 2017 - February 03, 2017

    London, United Kingdom

    St Mary’s Church, Putney

    The Putney Debates 2017 - Constitutional Crisis in the United Kingdom

    A host of leading figures from the law, politics, business, and civil society will offer their vision and debate the issues in our restaging of the historic Putney Debates for the age of Brexit. Featuring John Rees, author of The Leveller Revolution.
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    January 20, 2017

    Washington, District of Columbia

    The Lincoln Theatre

    Bracing for Trump: an anti-inauguration

    Verso Books, Jacobin Magazine, and Haymarket Books present an anti-inauguration event

Blog

  • The Essential Mike Davis: 40% off

    Mike Davis was a meat cutter and truck driver, as well as an activist for Students for a Democratic Society before starting his academic career. He is a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship Award and the Lannan Literary Award. His many books on history and the city, including the bestselling City of Quartz, have been critically acclaimed across the world.

    In this new series we bring together his classic books in beautiful new editions, starting with Planet of Slums, Buda's Wagon: A Brief History of the Car Bomb, and Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World.

    All our books by Mike Davis are 40% off when you buy 2 or more. Activate your discount by clicking here, or on any of the book links below. The discount will not appear in your cart until you have added 2 or more books. See below for a full list of books by Mike Davis!

    Ends Jan 22nd at 23.59 (UTC)



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  • C17 Rome conference on Communism livestream


    The conference runs from the 18th until the 22nd of January and includes talks from Étienne Balibar, Maria Luisa Boccia, Bruno Bosteels, Luciana Castellina, Pierre Dardot, Jodi Dean, Dilar Dirik, Terry Eagleton, Claire Fontaine, Katherine Gibson-Graham, Michael Hardt, Augusto Illuminati, Christian Laval, Christian Marazzi, Giacomo Marramao, Morgane Merteuil, Sandro Mezzadra, Antonio Negri, Brett Nielson, Alexei Penzin, Jacques Rancière, Trebor Scholz, Bhaskar Sunkara, Enzo Traverso, Mario Tronti, Marcel Van Der Linden, Yanis Varoufakis, Paolo Virno, Wang Hui, Slavoj Zizek...

    To check the full schedule click here.
  • Verso Spring 2017 preview!


    - Illustration from Threads: From the Refugee Crisis by Kate Evans, publishing in June 2017. See the full extract in our Spring 2017 catalogue.

    Download our Spring 2017 catalogue (ebook or pdf) to see what we have coming up this year, and, in the ebook version, read exclusive extracts from forthcoming books by China Miéville, Andy Merrifield, a heartbreaking graphic novel on the refugee crisis from Red Rosa creator, Kate Evans (see above), and Adam Greenfield.

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  • General Propositions on Fascism and the Dominant Classes

    First published in France in 1970, Nicos Poulantzas' Fascism and Dictatorship was translated by Judith White for New Left Books in 1974. In their introduction to that edition, the editors wrote: 

    The victory of fascism in Germany and Italy in the inter-war period was perhaps the greatest defeat ever suffered by the European working-class movement. The exact social nature of the political regimes led by Hitler and Mussolini has remained a focus of controversy on the Left ever since. Much new scholarly research has been done in the last decades on Nazism and Fascism, and a large literature written on them by liberal sociologists and historians. Nicos Poulantzas's work, by contrast, is the first major Marxist study of German and Italian fascism to appear since the Second World War. Fascism and Dictatorship takes full account of recent advances in empirical knowledge of the phenomenon of European fascism, but seeks to develop a rigorous theory of it as a specific type of capitalist State — using many of the concepts formulated in the now standard Political Power and Social Classes. Poulantzas's book carefully distinguishes between fascism as a mass movement before the seizure of power and fascism as an entrenched machinery of dictatorship. It compares the distinct class components of the counter-revolutionary blocs mobilized by fascism in Germany and in Italy respectively. It analyses the changing relationship between the petty bourgeoisie and big capital in the evolution of fascism. It discusses the internal structures of the fascist State itself, as an emergency regime for the defence of capital, and it provides an extensive and documented criticism of the official policies and attitudes of the Third International towards fascism, in the fateful years after the Versailles settlement. Fascism and Dictatorship represents a challenging synthesis of factual evidence and conceptual analysis that has generally been rare in Marxist theory. 


    We present an excerpt from 
    Fascism and Dictatorship below



    In this section I shall first examine the relation between fascism and the dominant classes or class fractions within the periodization indicated above. I should at once make it clear that fascism is a very complex phenomenon: it can only be explained by elucidating its relation to the various classes in struggle. Nevertheless, it corresponds to a very particular situation of the various dominant classes and class fractions.

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