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Celebrating Verso's Canadian Authors!

Haneen Adi 8 July 2015

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In honor of our Canada sale, 50% off EVERYTHING for our Canadian comrades through Monday, July 13th, we've put together a reading list featuring our favorite Canadian or Canada-based authors!

Gabriella Coleman's Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous is the ultimate book on the worldwide hacktivist movement, Anonymous.

Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin investigates the intimate relationship between modern capitalism and the American state.

Varda Burstyn's fast-paced eco-thriller Water, Inc. tells the story of thwarted water privatization.

Derrick O’Keefe’s Michael Ignatieff: The Lesser Evil?, part of the Counterblast series, is a scrupulous assessment of Ignatieff’s life and politics. O’Keefe reveals that Ignatieff’s human rights discourse has served to mask his identification with political and economic elites.

Colin Samson’s A Way of Life That Does Not Exist: Canada and the Extinguishment of the Innu looks in detail at Innu relations with the Canadian state, the tragedies of the Innu, and how some have resisted assimilation.

Ellen Meiksins Wood is the author of many books, including The Pristine Culture of Capitalism, where Wood argues that the fundamental flaws in the British economy are not just the symptoms of arrested development but the contradictions of the capitalist system itself. In The Origin of Capitalism Wood unravels capitalism at its root, asserting that Capitalism is not a natural and inevitable consequence of human nature, nor is it simply an extension of age-old practices of trade and commerce. In Peasant-Citizen and Slave Wood argues that the emergence of the peasant as citizen, juridically and politically independent, accounts for much that is remarkable in Athenian political institutions and culture. In Wood’s groundbreaking book Citizens to Lords, she rewrites the history of political theory and traces the development of the Western tradition from classical antiquity through to the Middle Ages in the perspective of social history.  In Empire of Capital Wood shows how today’s capitalist empire, a global economy administered by local states, has come to spawn a new military doctrine of war without end, in purpose or time. Wood's classic study, The Retreat from Class provides a critical survey of influential trends in “post-Marxist” theory. And in Liberty and Property Wood Assesses the work and background of figures such as  Machiavelli, Luther, Calvin, Spinoza, the Levellers, Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau and vividly explores the ideas of the canonical thinkers, not as philosophical abstractions but as passionately engaged responses to the social conflicts of their day.

Market-Driven Politics by Colin Leys explores the commodification of public services, and the role of the state in absorbing risk. The End of Parliamentary Socialism by Leys and Sam Gindin argues against the assertion that there is no alternative to neo-liberalism.

The Case for Sanctions Against Israel edited by Audrea Lim compiles the leading international voices who argue for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel. The Verso Book of Dissent: From Spartacus to the Shoe-Thrower of Baghdad also edited by Lim is a sparkling anthology of revolt and resistance to orthodoxy and repression.