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Some recent books

  • Mitchell Abidor (ed.)
    The Permanent Guillotine: Writings of the Sans-Culottes
    PM Press, Oakland, CA, 2017. 160pp. $14.95 pb
    ISBN 9781629633886
  • Barbara Carol Allen
    Alexander Shlyapnikov, 1885-1937: Life of an Old Bolshevik
    Haymarket Books, Chicago, 2016. 426pp. $28 pb
    ISBN 9781608465583
  • Kieran Allen
    1916: Ireland’s Revolutionary Tradition
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 232pp. £12.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745336329
  • Louis Althusser
    How to Be a Marxist in Philosophy
    Bloomsbury Academic, London and New York, 2017. 256pp. £21.99 pb
    ISBN 9781474280549
  • Samir Amin
    Modern Imperialism, Monopoly Finance Capital, and Marx’s Law of Value
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2018. 250pp. $29 pb
    ISBN 9781583676554
  • Perry Anderson
    The Antinomies of Antonio Gramsci
    Verso, London, 2017. 179pp. £14.99 hb
    ISBN 9781786633729
  • Ian Angus
    A Redder Shade of Green: Intersections of Science and Socialism
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2017. 160pp. $22 pb
    ISBN 9781583676448
  • John Asimakopoulos and Richard Gilman-Opalsky (eds)
    Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century: A Reader of Radical Undercurrents
    Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 2018. 390pp. £26.99 pb
    ISBN 9781439913581
  • Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin and A. W Zurbrügg
    Bakunin: Selected Texts 1868-1875
    Merlin, London, 2016. 310pp. £18.99 pb
    ISBN 9780850367225
  • Johannes Beetz and Veit Schwab (eds)
    Material Discourse-Materialist Analysis: Approaches in Discourse Studies
    Lexington Books, Lanham, MD, 2017. 192pp. £60 hb
    ISBN 9781498558150
  • Cathy Bergin
    Bitter with the Past but Sweet with the Dream: Communism in the African American Imaginary Representations of the Communist Party, 1940-1952
    Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2015. 232pp. €99,00 / $128.00 hb
    ISBN 9789004263727
  • Richard J Bernstein
    Ironic Life
    Polity Press, Cambridge and Malden, MA, 2016. 184pp. £15.99 pb
    ISBN 9781509505739
  • David Berry, Ruth Kinna, Saku Pinta, and Alex Prichard (eds)
    Libertarian Socialism: Politics in Black and Red
    PM Press, Oakland, CA, 2nd edn, 2017. 368pp. $26.95 pb
    ISBN 9781629633909
  • A. Bogdanov
    The Philosophy of Living Experience: Popular Outlines
    Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2016. 266pp. €126,00 / $163.00 hb
    ISBN 9789004231900
  • Terrell Carver
    Polity, Cambridge, 2018. 222pp. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9781509518173
  • Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson
    The Profit Doctrine: Economists of the Neoliberal Era
    Pluto, London, 2017. 240pp. £17.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745335858
  • François Chesnais
    Finance Capital Today Corporations and Banks in the Lasting Global Slump
    Haymarket, Chicago, 2018. 328pp. £24.99 pb
    ISBN 9781608468270
  • Noam Chomsky
    What Kind of Creatures Are We?
    Columbia University Press, New York, 2016. 200pp. $19.95 / £13.95 hb
    ISBN 9780231175968
  • Joseph Choonara
    Reader’s Guide to Marx’s Capital
    Bookmarks, London, 2017. 160pp. £9.99 pb
    ISBN 9781910885482
  • James Connolly
    James Connolly Reader
    Edited by Shaun Harkin, Haymarket Books, Chicago, 2017. 400pp. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9781608466467
  • Mark Cowling
    Norman Geras’s Political Thought from Marxism to Human Rights: Controversy and Analysis
    Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2018. 220pp. £119.99 hb
    ISBN 9783319740478
  • William Davies
    The Limits of Neoliberalism: Authority, Sovereignty and the Logic of Competition
    Sage, Los Angeles and London, Revised edn, 2017. 223pp. £15.99 pb
    ISBN 9781526403520
    Old Gods, New Enigmas: Marx’s Lost Theory
    Verso, London and New York, 2018. 320pp. £17.99 hb
    ISBN 9781788732161
  • Emilio De Ipola
    Althusser, the Infinite Farewell
    Translated by Gavin Arnall, Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 2018. 184pp. $23.95 pb
    ISBN 9780822370246
  • Pete Dolack
    Its Not Over: Learning from the Socialist Experiment
    Zero Books, Alresford, Hants, 2016. 992pp. £34.99 pb
    ISBN 9781785350498
  • Terry Eagleton
    Radical Sacrifice
    Yale University Press New Haven, CT and London, 2018. 216pp. $25 / £18.99 hb
    ISBN 9780300233353
  • Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Elisabeth Schober
    Identity Destabilised: Living in an Overheated World
    Pluto, London, 2016. 272pp. £19.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745399126
  • Frantz Fanon
    Alienation and Freedom
    Bloomsbury, New York and London, 2017. 816pp. £19.99 hb
    ISBN 9781474250214
  • Andrew Feenberg
    Technosystem: The Social Life of Reason
    Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 2017. 235pp. £25.95 hb
    ISBN 978-0674971783
  • Dominik Finkelde
    Excessive Subjectivity: Kant, Hegel, Lacan, and the Foundations of Ethics
    Translated by Deva Kemmis and Astrid Weigert, Columbia University Press, New York, 2017. 368pp. $65/£54 hb
    ISBN 9780231173186
  • Paul Flewers and John McIlroy (eds)
    1956: John Saville, E P Thompson and the Reasoner
    Merlin Press, London, 2016. 444pp. £20 pb
    ISBN 9780850367263
  • John Bellamy Foster
    Trump in the White House: Tragedy and Farce
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2017. 144pp. $11 pb
    ISBN 9781583676806
  • Christian Fuchs
    Critical Theory of Communication
    University of Westminster Press, London, 2016. 236pp. £18.99 pb; free download
    ISBN 9781911534044
  • Christian Fuchs
    Digital Demagogue: Authoritarian Capitalism in the Age of Trump and Twitter
    Pluto Press, London, 2018. 336pp. £17.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745337968
  • Diego Fusaro
    The Place of Possibility: Towards a New Philosophy of Praxis
    Translated by Steven M Cenci, The Pertinent Press, Oxford, 2017. 242pp. £59 hb
    ISBN 9781912142125
  • Henry A Giroux
    America’s Addiction to Terrorism
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2016. 288pp. $20 pb
    ISBN 9781583675700
  • Owen Hatherley
    The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the Communist Avant-Garde
    Pluto, London, 2016. 240pp. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745336015
  • Henry Heller
    The French Revolution and Historical Materialism: Selected Essays
    Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2017. 273pp. €115,00 / $133.00 hb
    ISBN 9789004296978
  • Andrew Hemingway
    Landscape between Ideology and the Aesthetic: Marxist Essays on British Art and Art Theory, 1750-1850
    Haymarket, Chicago, 2017. 520pp. $36 pb
    ISBN 9781608468317
  • Jan Hoff
    Marx Worldwide on the Development of the International Discourse on Marx since 1965
    Haymarket Books, Chicago, 2017. 400pp. £24.99 pb
    ISBN 9781608468324
  • Eric Holt-Giménez
    A Foodie’s Guide to Capitalism: Understanding the Political Economy of What We Eat
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2017. 256pp. $25 pb
    ISBN 9781583676592
  • Gerald Horne
    Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in Seventeenth Century North America and the Caribbean
    Monthly Review, New York, 2018. 256pp. $25 pb
    ISBN 9781583676639
  • Jan Kandiyali (ed.)
    Reassessing Marx’s Social and Political Philosophy: Freedom, Recognition, and Human Flourishing
    Taylor & Francis, New York, 2018. 280pp. £115 hb
    ISBN 9781138226203
  • Kōjin Karatani
    Isonomia and the Origins of Philosophy
    Duke University Press, Durham, NC, 2017. 176pp. £19.99 pb
    ISBN 9780822369134
  • Mark G. E. Kelly
    For Foucault: Against Normative Political Theory
    SUNY Press, Albany, 2017. 202pp. $80 hb
    ISBN 9781438467610
  • Rosine Judith Kelz
    The Non-Sovereign Self, Responsibility, and Otherness: Hannah Arendt, Judith Butler, and Stanley Cavell on Moral Philosophy and Political Agency
    Palgrave Macmillan, London and New York, 2016. 209pp. £70 hb
    ISBN 9781137508966
  • Alexandra Kollontai
    Writings from the Struggle
    Haymarket Books, Chicago, 2018. 348pp. $22 pb
    ISBN 9781608469130
  • Miroslav Krleža
    Harbors Rich in Ships: The Selected Revolutionary Writings of Miroslav Krleza, Radical Luminary of Modern World Literature
    Translated by Željko Cipriš, Monthly Review Press, New York, 2017. 230pp. $29 pb
    ISBN 9781583676486
  • Helen Lackner
    Yemen in Crisis Autocracy,Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State
    Saqi Books, London, 2017. 384pp. £25 hb
    ISBN 978-0863561931
  • Lauren Langman and George N Lundskow
    God, Guns, Gold and Glory: American Character and Its Discontents
    Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2016. 358pp. €165,00 / $198.00 hb
    ISBN 9789004328631
  • David Lapoujade
    Aberrant Movements: The Philosophy of Gilles Deleuze
    Semiotext(e), South Pasadena, CA, 2017. 376pp. £14.95 pb
    ISBN 9781584351955
  • Andrew Brower Latz
    The Social Philosphy of Gillian Rose
    Cascade Books, Eugene, Oregon, 2018. 232pp. $29 pb
    ISBN 9781532618376
  • Paul Le Blanc
    October Song: Bolshevik Triumph, Communist Tragedy, 1917-1924
    Haymarket, Chicago, 2017. 504pp. $27.95 pb
    ISBN 9781608468485
  • Vladimir Ilʹich Lenin and Slavoj Žižek
    Lenin 2017: Remembering, Repeating, and Working Through
    Verso, London and Brooklyn, NY, 2017. 272pp. £12.99 pb
    ISBN 9781786631886
  • Jacques Lezra
    On the Nature of Marx’s Things: Translation as Necrophilology
    Fordham University Press, New York, 2018. 288pp. $28 pb
    ISBN 9780823279432
  • Renzo Llorente
    The Political Theory of Che Guevara
    Rowman & Littlefield International, Lanham, MD, 2018. 196pp. $39.95 pb
    ISBN 9781783487172
  • Julián Esteban Torres López
    Marx’s Humanism and Its Limits: Why Marx Believed We Should Achieve Socialism and Communism Nonviolently
    CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018. 100pp. $6.99 pb
    ISBN 9781717480187
  • Alejandra Mancilla
    The Right of Necessity: Moral Cosmopolitanism and Global Poverty
    Rowman & Littlefield International, Lanham, MD, 2016. 140pp. £19.95 / $29.95 pb
    ISBN 9781783485864
  • David Mandel
    Democracy, Plan, and Market: Yakov Kronrod’s Political Economy of Socialism
    ibidem Verlag, Stuttgart, 2017. 140pp. $30 pb
    ISBN 9783838211084
  • Peter Marshall
    William Godwin: Philosopher, Novelist, Revolutionary
    PM Press, Oakland, CA, 2nd edn, 2017. 544pp. $29.95 pb
    ISBN 9781629633862
  • Adam Mayer
    Naija Marxisms: Revolutionary Thought in Nigeria
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 248pp. £17.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745336572
  • Tony McKenna
    The Dictator, the Revolution, the Machine: A Political Account of Joseph Stalin
    Sussex Academic Press, Brighton, 2016. 240pp. £25 pb
    ISBN 9781845198268
  • George Monbiot
    How Did We Get into This Mess?: Politics, Equality, Nature
    Verso, London, 2017. 352pp. £9.99 pb
    ISBN 9781786630780
  • David Morgan (ed.)
    The Labour Party in Historical Perspective
    Socialist History Society, London, 2018. 110pp. £6 pb
    ISBN 9780993010477
  • Brian Morris
    Kropotkin: The Politics of Community
    PM Press, Oakland, CA, 2018. 320pp. $24.95 pb
    ISBN 9781629635057
  • William Morris
    William Morris’s Socialist Diary
    Edited by Florence Boos, Five Leaves Publications, Nottingham, 2018. 180pp. £10 pb
    ISBN 9781910170496
  • Bill V Mullin
    W E B Du Bois Revolutionary across the Color Line
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 176pp. £12.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745335056
  • Marcello Musto
    Another Marx: Early Manuscripts to the International
    Translated by Patrick Camiller, Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2018. 288pp. £24.99 pb
    ISBN 9781474273398
  • Phil A Neel
    Hinterland: America’s New Landscape of Class and Conflict
    Reaktion Books, London, 2018. 192pp. £14.99 hb
    ISBN 9781780239026
  • Ron Nixon
    Selling Apartheid
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 256pp. £15.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745399140
  • Deirdre O’Neill and Mike Wayne (eds)
    Considering Class: Theory, Culture and the Media in the 21st Century
    Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2018. 320pp. €130.00 / $150.00
    ISBN 9789004319516
  • Luiz Bernardo Pericás
    Caio Prado Júnior: Uma Biografia Política
    Boitempo, São Paulo, 2016. 483pp. R$ 63,00 pb
    ISBN 9788575594483
  • Thomas Piketty
    Chronicles: On Our Troubled Times
    Viking, London, 2016. 192pp. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9780241234891
  • Jože Pirjevec
    Tito and His Comrades
    The University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 2018. 544pp. $45.95 hb
    ISBN 9780299317706
  • Catarina Príncipe and Bhaskar Sunkara (eds)
    Europe in Revolt
    Haymarket Books, Chicago, 2016. 288pp. £11.95 pb
    ISBN 9781608465934
  • Peter Ranis
    Cooperatives Confront Capitalism: Challenging the Neoliberal Economy
    Zed books, London, 2016. 184pp. £18.99 pb
    ISBN 9781783606498
  • Juliane Rebentisch
    The Art of Freedom: On the Dialectics of Democratic Existence
    Polity Press, Cambridge and Malden, MA, English edition edn, 2016. 320pp. £18.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745682136
  • William L Remley
    Jean-Paul Sartre’s Anarchist Philosophy
    Bloomsbury Academic, London, 2018. 272pp. £85 hb
    ISBN 9781350048249
  • César Rendueles
    Sociophobia: Political Change in the Digital Utopia
    Columbia University Press, New York, 2017. 200pp. £21/$25 pb
    ISBN 9780231175272
  • Michael Roberts
    The Long Depression: How It Happened, Why It Happened, and What Happens Next
    Haymarket, Chicago, 2016. 380pp. $19 pb
    ISBN 9781608464685
  • Josh Robinson
    Adorno’s Poetics of Form
    State University of New York, Albany, NY, 2018. 288pp. $90 hb
    ISBN 9781438469836
  • Alfred Rosmer
    Lenin’s Moscow
    Haymarket, Chicago, 3rd edn, 2016. 288pp. $19.95 pb
    ISBN 9781608466153
  • Howard Ryan
    Educational Justice: Teaching and Organizing against the Corporate Juggernaut
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2016. 248pp. $23 pb
    ISBN 9781583676134
  • Tiphaine Samoyault
    Barthes: A Biography
    Polity Press, Cambridge and Malden, MA, 2016. £25 hb
    ISBN 9781509505654
  • Hans-Christoph Schmidt am Busch
    Was Wollen Wir, Wenn Wir Arbeiten? Honneth, Hegel Und Die Grundlagen Der Kritik Des Neoliberalismus
    Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, 2017. 88pp. € 19,90
    ISBN 9783428144822
  • Ingo Schmidt (ed.)
    Three Worlds of Social Democracy: A Global View
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 256pp. £15.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745336084
  • Ingo Schmidt and Carlo Fanelli (eds)
    Reading Capital Today: Marx after 150 Years
    Pluto, London, 2017. 224pp. £18.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745399713
  • Lynne Segal
    Radical Happiness: The Search for Moments of Shared Joy
    Verso Books, London, 2017. 352pp. £16.99 hb
    ISBN 9781786631541
  • Helena Sheehan
    The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing with the Greek Left
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2017. 247pp. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9781583676257
  • Ayesha Siddiqa
    Military Inc.
    Pluto Press, London, 2nd edn, 2016. 400pp. £17.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745399010
  • Peter Singer
    Marx: A Very Short Introduction
    Oxford University Press, New York and London, 2nd edn, 2018. 152pp. £7.99 pb
    ISBN 9780198821076
  • Luke Sinwell and Siphiwe Mbatha
    The Spirit of Marikana: The Rise of Insurgent Trade Unionism in South Africa
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 224pp. £19.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745336480
  • Daphne Skillen
    Freedom of Speech in Russia: Politics and Media from Gorbachev to Putin.
    Taylor & Francis, London, 2017. 364pp. £26.99 pb
    ISBN 9781138743267
  • Victoria Smolkin
    A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism
    Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2018. 360pp. $45 / £35 hb
    ISBN 9781400890101
  • Steven G Snow
    Bourgeois Ideology and Education: Subversion through Pedagogy
    Routledge, London, 2018. 138pp. £105 hb
    ISBN 9781138721111
  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (ed.)
    How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective
    Haymarket, Chicago, 2017. 200pp. $18 pb
    ISBN 9781608468553
  • Göran Therborn
    Cities of Power: The Urban, the National, the Popular and the Global
    Verso, London and New York, 2017. 408pp. $35.00 / £20.00 hb
    ISBN 9781784785444
  • Enzo Traverso
    The End of Jewish Modernity
    Pluto, London, 2016. 176pp. £14.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745336664
  • Yanis Varoufakis
    And the Weak Suffer What They Must?
    Bodley Head, London, 2016. 336pp. £16.99 hb
    ISBN 9781847924032
  • Hilary Wainwright
    A New Politics from the Left
    Polity Press, Cambridge, UK and Medford, MA, 2018. 140pp. £9.99 pb
    ISBN 9781509523634
  • Howard Waitzkin and Working Group for Health Beyond Capitalism
    Health Care under the Knife: Moving Beyond Capitalism for Our Health
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2018. 336pp. $27 pb
    ISBN 9781583676745
  • Gavin Walker
    The Sublime Perversion of Capital: Marxist Theory and the Politics of History in Modern Japan
    Duke University Press, Durham NC, 2016. 264pp. £17.99 pb
    ISBN 9780822361602
  • McKenzie Wark
    General Intellects: Twenty-One Thinkers for the Twenty-First Century
    Verso Books, New York, 2017. 336pp. £16.99 pb
    ISBN 9781786631909
  • Richard D Wolff
    Capitalism’s Crisis Deepens: Essays on the Global Economic Meltdown 2010-2014
    Haymarket, Chicago, 2016. 223pp. $18.95 pb
    ISBN 9781608465958
  • Jamie Woodcock
    Working the Phones
    Pluto Press, London, 2016. 208pp. £17.99 pb
    ISBN 9780745399065
  • Jude Woodward
    The Us Vs China: Asia’s New Cold War?
    Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2017. 304pp. £22.50 pb
    ISBN 9781784993429
  • Kaveh Yazdani
    India, Modernity and the Great Divergence: Mysore and Gujarat (17th to 19th C.)
    Brill, Leiden and Boston, 2017. 669pp. €205,00 / $246.00 hb
    ISBN 9789004330788
  • James Young
    Union Power: The United Electrical Workers in Erie, Pennsylvania
    Monthly Review Press, New York, 2017. 264pp. $24.95 pb
    ISBN 9781583676172