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A HISTORY IN IDEAS
Written by DAVID ARMITAGE

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Knopf

On Sale: 02/07/2017

Price: $27.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27113-6

A highly original history, tracing the least understood and most intractable form of organized human aggression from Ancient Rome through the centuries to the present day. 

We think we know civil war when we see it. Yet ideas of what it is, and what it isn't, have a long and contested history, from its fraught origins in republican Rome to debates in early modern Europe to our present day. Defining the term is acutely political, for ideas about what makes a war "civil" often depend on whether...

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HOW NATIONS SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN A WORLD IN DECLINE
Written by JONATHAN TEPPERMAN

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Tim Duggan Books

On Sale: 09/20/2016

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 978-1-101-90298-1

Jonathan Tepperman identifies ten pervasive and seemingly impossible challenges—including immigration reform, economic stagnation, political gridlock, corruption, and Islamist extremism—and shows that each has a solution, and not merely a hypothetical one.
 
“An indispensable handbook. . . . Smart and agile. . . . The timing of this book could not be better. . . . Tepperman goes into impressive detail in each case study and delivers assessments in clear, pared-down prose.” —MICHAEL HIRSH, The...

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Written by SAMO TOMSIC

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 12/08/2015

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-784-78108-8

A major systematic study of the connection between Marx and Lacan’s work

Finalist for the American Board and Academy of Psychoanalysis Book Prize

Despite a resurgence of interest in Lacanian psychoanalysis, particularly in terms of the light it casts on capitalist ideology—as witnessed by the work of Slavoj Žižek—there remain remarkably few systematic accounts of the role of Marx in Lacan’s work.

A major, comprehensive study of the connection between their work, The Capitalist Unconscious...

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Written by EDMUND BURKE
Introduction by JESSE NORMAN

Format: Hardcover, 1160 pages

Publisher: Everyman's Library

On Sale: 11/03/2015

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 978-0-375-71253-1

The most important works of Edmund Burke, the greatest political thinker of the past three centuries, are gathered here in one comprehensive volume. Accompanying his influential masterpiece, Reflections on the Revolution in France, is a selection of pamphlets, speeches, public letters, private correspondence and, for the first time, two important and previously uncollected early essays.  

Philosopher, statesman, and founder of conservatism, Burke was a dazzling orator and a visionary theorist...

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Written by DANNY DORLING

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 09/08/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-784-78207-8

Since the great recession hit in 2008, the 1% has only grown richer while the rest find life increasingly tough. The gap between the haves and the have-nots has turned into a chasm. While the rich have found new ways of protecting their wealth, everyone else has suffered the penalties of austerity.

But inequality is more than just economics. Being born outside the 1% has a dramatic impact on a person's potential: reducing life expectancy, limiting education and work prospects, and even...

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Written by R. H. TAWNEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 356 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68110-7

A classic of political economy that traces the influence of religious thought on capitalism

In one of the true classics of twentieth-century political economy, R. H. Tawney investigates the way religion has moulded social and economic practice. He tracks the influence of religious thought on capitalist economy and ideology since the Middle Ages, shedding light on the question of why Christianity continues to exert a unique role in the marketplace. The book offers an incisive analysis of the...

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ECOLOGY AND THE ACCUMULATION OF CAPITAL
Written by JASON W. MOORE

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 08/18/2015

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68902-8

Finance. Climate. Food. Work. How are the crises of the twenty-first century connected? In Capitalism in the Web of Life, Jason W. Moore argues that the sources of today’s global turbulence have a common cause: capitalism as a way of organizing nature, including human nature. Drawing on environmentalist, feminist, and Marxist thought, Moore offers a groundbreaking new synthesis: capitalism as a “world-ecology” of wealth, power, and nature. Capitalism’s greatest strength—and the source of its...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 05/26/2015

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68932-5

Three radical perspectives on the critique of capitalism

For years, the critique of capitalism was lost from public discourse; the very word “capitalism” sounded like a throwback to another era. Nothing could be further from the truth today. In this new intellectual atmosphere, Sociology, Capitalism, Critique is a contribution to the renewal of critical sociology, founded on an empirically grounded diagnosis of society’s ills. The authors, Germany’s leading critical sociologists—Klaus Dörre,...

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AND HOW THEY GET AWAY WITH IT
Written by OWEN JONES

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages

Publisher: Melville House

On Sale: 04/21/2015

Price: $28.95

ISBN: 978-1-612-19487-5

A major bestseller in the UK and a six-time Best Book of 2014, The Establishment is a sweeping look at how power and money have made British politics hugely undemocratic. Power, money, and undemocratic politics—wait, does that sound familiar?

Who wields power in politics? It is a question that's asked all too often—and never really answered. But that's exactly what Owen Jones has done in The Establishment, which has already taken Great Britain by storm. To expose the shadowy and unaccountable...

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AND OTHER ESSAYS
Written by RALPH MILIBAND
Introduction by TARIQ ALI

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 03/10/2015

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68770-3

When, in 2013, the Daily Mail labeled Ralph Miliband “The Man Who Hated Britain,” a diverse host rallied to his defense. Those who had worked with him – from both left and right – praised his work and character. He was lauded as “one of the best-known academic Marxists of his generation” and a leading figure of the New Left.

Class War Conservatism collects together his most significant political essays and shows the scope and brilliance of his thinking. Ranging from the critical anatomy of...

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RETHINKING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Written by DOMENICO LOSURDO

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68616-4

War and Revolution identifies and takes to task a reactionary trend among contemporary historians, one that’s grown increasingly apparent in recent years. It’s a revisionist tendency discernible in the work of authors such as Ernst Nolte, who traces the impetus behind the Holocaust to the excesses of the Russian Revolution; or François Furet, who links the Stalinist purges to an “illness” originating with the French Revolution.

The intention of these revisionists is to eradicate the...

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Written by SIMONE WEIL
Contribution by CZESLAW MILOSZ
Translator SIMON LEYS
Introduction by SIMON LEYS

Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 09/30/2014

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-1-590-17781-5

Simone Weil—philosopher, activist, mystic—is one of the most uncompromising of modern spiritual masters. In On the Abolition of All Political Parties she challenges the foundation of the modern liberal political order, making an argument that has particular resonance today, when the apathy and anger of the people and the self-serving partisanship of the political class present a threat to democracies all over the world. Dissecting the dynamic of power and propaganda caused by party spirit,...

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