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The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781501187285
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Published: Touchstone - August 21st, 2018

If watching the Daily Show in 2018 feels like pelting rocks against the bloodstained blade of an IDF bulldozer, Chapo is here with a dose of the hard stuff. 


Review by Stephen

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Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780674286078
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Published: Harvard University Press - April 13th, 2018

This is a chilling, deeply researched history of the white power movement and post-Vietnam paramilitary culture. Kathleen Belew clearly illustrates how our failure to understand white power as a broad social movement has prevented us from combating it; from seeing events like the Oklahoma city bombing and the Charleston church shooting for what they really are – acts of domestic terrorism inspired and supported by a well established and increasingly militarized racist movement.


Review by Anje

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Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment (City Lights Open Media) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780872867239
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Published: City Lights Books - January 9th, 2018

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is not only a brilliant historian (she wrote “An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States”), but was also an avid gun enthusiast and belonged to an armed underground group. Who better to write a book arguing that the second amendment and white supremacy are inextricably bound, and that the mainstream gun debate is just a dichotomy between two red herrings? This book is going to make people on both sides of the gun debate uncomfortable, and it is a necessary discomfort. 


Review by Anje

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The End of Policing Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781784782894
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Published: Verso - October 10th, 2017

I thought this was a concise, accessible read. If you already own a dog-eared copy of "Are Prisons Obsolete?" or have a pen pal through Black and Pink, then this book will be preaching to the choir. However, if you have no idea what those things are but do think that there must be a better way of handling social problems than just sending the police in, this book is a great place to start.


Review by Anje

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October: The Story of the Russian Revolution Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781784782788
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Published: Verso - May 22nd, 2018

The Russian Revolution is one of the defining events of modern history, and sci-fi author China Miéville has turned its tumultuous, hopeful, and ultimately tragic build-up into a thrilling and fascinating page-turner.


Review by Stephen

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Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017

A heartbreaking look at the struggle of undocumented migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. Drawing on stories she heard as a volunteer interpreter, Luiselli reveals the suffering and exploitation at the heart of an arbitrarily cruel border policy.


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A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101973998
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Published: Vintage - January 24th, 2017

This timely and terrifying book offers a fascinating insight into the convergence of authoritarianism, espionage and organized crime in Putin's Russia.


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And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe's Crisis and America's Economic Future Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781568585048
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Nation Books - April 12th, 2016

It's amazing how much clarity Varoufakis has shed on such a complex subject. If you want to understand not only the Euro crisis, but the fragility and unfairness at the heart of the global financial system, you must read this book.


Review by Stephen