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50% off ALL our print books, 80% off ALL our ebooks.

Verso Books 1 May 2020


The world has been hit by a pandemic that has shaken the foundations of capitalist society. There must be no return to the politics and economics of the past. More than ever before, it is clear that radical ideas rooted in anti-capitalism, eco-socialism, and anti-racism, will bring about the sort of profound change that we need.

The publishing world—especially independent radical publishing—is experiencing a very difficult time given the closure of bookshops. We're delighted to be part of #RadicalMay—a supportive collaboration between radical independent publishers from around the world. See all the online events planned here.

Starting today—on May Day—we have 50% off all our print books and 80% off all our ebooks! We have our warehouses to thank for continuing to send books to our readers (see more information on their safety measures here). Our sale will end on May 24th, 23:59 EST. Lots of our radical publishing friends also have incredible discounts on their books at the moment: take a look on the Left Book Club website!

2020—a momentous time for global politics—is also our 50th anniversary. We hope you will join us in holding capitalism and imperialism to account, and support a new wave of radical publishing and movements across the world.

See all the bestsellers in our sale so far: in print and ebooks.

Need help finding books? Browse some of our reading lists, including Distraction ReadingUS politics in a moment of crisisNew in our Radical Thinkers series!, our quickest reads: (perfect for those short on time or attention span), and Fuck the Tories.

We also have a variety of Verso Bookshelves to help you find the right book: PhilosophyPolitical TheoryFeminismHistoryBlack Radical ThoughtEconomicsArt, and Architecture and Cities.


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Win or lose, Bernie has reshaped the landscape of American politics. Where does the political revolution go next?

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How shipping is central to the very fabric of global capitalism.

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A magisterial, riveting movement history of Los Angeles in the Sixties.

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A new and essential history of the Labour New Left from Tony Benn to Jeremy Corbyn.

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A manifesto for the Open City: vibrant, disordered, adaptable.

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Writer and critic Vivian Gornick’s long-unavailable classic exploring how Left politics gave depth and meaning to American life.

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The most comprehensive collection of feminist manifestos, chronicling our rage and dreams from the nineteenth century to today.

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A classic of twentieth-century thought, Minima Moralia is Adorno's literary and philosophical masterpiece.

Read all of our mini-reads from Minima Moralia here.

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Charts the history of women’s liberation and calls for a revitalized feminism. See all our new Radical Thinkers here.

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A deep dive into Joe Biden’s history and the origins of his political values.

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How the law harms sex workers—and what they want instead.

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Classic study of Marx by Japan’s leading critical theorist.

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Judith Butler on aggressive nonviolence.

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How has capitalism devastated the planet—and what can we do about it?

Bigger Than Bernie
The political ambitions of the movement behind Bernie Sanders have never been limited to winning the White House. Since Bernie first entered the presidential primaries in 2016, his supporters have ...
Sinews of War and Trade
On the map of global trade, China is now the factory of the world. A parade of ships full of raw commodities—iron ore, coal, oil—arrive in its ports, and fleets of container ships leave with manufa...
Set the Night on Fire
Histories of the US sixties invariably focus on New York City, but Los Angeles was an epicenter of that decade’s political and social earthquake. L.A. was a launchpad for Black Power—where Malcolm ...
Searching for Socialism
Jeremy Corbyn’s rapid ascent to the leadership of the Labour Party, driven by a groundswell of popular support particularly among the young, was met at the time by a baffled media. Just where did J...
Designing Disorder
In 1970, Richard Sennett published the groundbreaking The Uses of Disorder, arguing that the ideal of a planned and ordered city was flawed. Fifty years later, Sennett returns to these still fertil...
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 t...
Burn It Down!
Burn It Down! is a testament to what is possible when women are driven to the edge. Collecting over seventy-five manifestos from around the world, Burn It Down! is a rallying cry and a call to acti...
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...
Fortunes of Feminism
Second Wave feminism emerged as a struggle for women’s liberation and took its place alongside other radical movements. But feminism’s subsequent immersion in identity politics coincided with a dec...
Yesterday's Man
Yesterday’s Man: The Case Against Joe Biden exposes the forgotten history of Joe Biden, one of the United States’ longest-serving politicians, and one of its least scrutinized.Over nearly fifty yea...
Revolting Prostitutes
How the law harms sex workers - and what they want insteadDo you have to endorse prostitution in order to support sex worker rights? Should clients be criminalized, and can the police deliver justi...
Marx: Towards the Centre of Possibility
Originally published in 1974, Kojin Karatani’s Marx: Towards the Centre of Possibility has been among his most enduring and pioneering works in critical theory. Written at a time when the political...
The Force of Nonviolence
Judith Butler’s new book shows how an ethic of nonviolence must be connected to a broader political struggle for social equality. Further, it argues that nonviolence is often misunderstood as a pas...
A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things
Nature, money, work, care, food, energy, and lives: these are the seven things that have made our world and will shape its future. In making these things cheap, modern commerce has transformed, gov...

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