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50% off ALL Student Reading!

Make sure you're fully prepared for the academic year with our student reading.

Verso Books 3 September 2018

50% off ALL Student Reading!

Feeling underwhelmed by your assigned reading? Expand your knowledge of left theory, give your political arguments some bite, and spark a love for revolutionary writers with our essential Verso student reading.

For inspiration see our Top 10 Books Every Student Should Read, as well as all our subject-specific reading lists below.

Throughout the month of September we will be doing flash ebook giveaways of core books from our Student reading: follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) or sign up to our mailing list so you don't miss out! (link at the bottom of this page, right-hand corner).

See all our reading lists here:


Political Theory

Critical Theory

Art and Aesthetics

Race and Ethnicity


Environment and Ecology

Feminism and Gender


Architecture and Cities

Film and Media



Cultural and Literary Theory


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50% off applies only to books included on the reading lists featured above, and does not apply to all the books on our site.

50% off applies where stock is still available (this may differ from region to region). Books may go out of stock during the sale.

50% off will end at 23.59 on September 30 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time), 2018.

Not all books are for sale in every region.

Purchase of a print copy includes free bundled ebook (where available). There is further ebook information here.

Read more about our purchasing, shipping, delivery, and returns processes here.

Imagined Communities
What are the imagined communities that compel men to kill or to die for an idea of a nation? This notion of nationhood had its origins in the founding of the Americas, but was then adopted and tran...
Aesthetics and Politics
No other country and no other period has produced a tradition of major aesthetic debate to compare with that which unfolded in German culture from the 1930s to the 1950s. In Aesthetics and Politics...
The Origin of Capitalism
In The Origin of Capitalism, a now-classic work of history, Ellen Meiksins Wood offers readers a clear and accessible introduction to the theories and debates concerning the birth of capitalism, im...
If They Come in the Morning
The trial of Angela Davis is remembered as one of America's most historic political trials, and no one can tell the story better than Davis herself. Opening with a letter from James Baldwin to Ange...
Critique of Everyday Life
The three-volume text by Henri Lefebvre is perhaps the richest, most prescient work about modern capitalism to emerge from one of the twentieth century's greatest philosophers and is now availabl...
Reading Capital
Originally published in 1965, Reading Capital is a landmark of French thought and radical theory, reconstructing Western Marxism from its foundations. Louis Althusser, the French Marxist philosophe...
Minima Moralia

Minima Moralia

Written between 1944 and 1947, Minima Moralia is a collection of rich, lucid aphorisms and essays about life in modern capitalist society. Adorno casts his penetrating eye across society in mid-cen...
Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World
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 Midd...
Hegemony and Socialist Strategy
In this hugely influential book, Laclau and Mouffe examine the workings of hegemony and contemporary social struggles, and their significance for democratic theory. With the emergence of new soci...

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