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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780804190114
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - February 28th, 2017

THE book to anchor holiday discussions with family and friends. REALLY. What resonates? What doesn't? What do you currently do? What could you do? Snyder lays out 20 tangible ways to move forward in the 21st century. Read. Discuss. Act.


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The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780062820693
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Published: Dey Street Books - September 10th, 2019

For anyone who follows current events, Samantha Power tells a riveting, personal and poignant story.  She details her Irish upbringing, emigration at age 9 to the U.S., and her journey as a student, activist, journalist, and academic prior to becoming Special Assistant to the President and then US Ambassador to the UN under the Obama administration. With humor, self-deprecation, and sobering descriptions of how policies, decisions, and relationships are forged at the highest levels of government and diplomacy, she recounts difficult personal, public health, and political issues she and often times many others tried to address.  At the foundation is her idealism and the growing realization that while we may not be able to fix everything, we must do our best.


Review by Elisabeth

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Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781568588902
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Published: Bold Type Books - November 20th, 2018

The word "feminism" has never been so ubiquitous, but it's in danger of being reduced to a new way to make women buy things. In this fantastic book (which is only partially about sex), Kristen Ghodsee makes a powerful case for the power of universal social programmes like childcare, healthcare, and parental leave to grant women economic, social, and political independence.


Review by Stephen

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The Socialist Manifesto: The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781541617391
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Published: Basic Books - April 30th, 2019

This new book by the founder of Jacobin magazine is a fantastic introduction to democratic socialism, the hottest new craze that's sweeping the nation! In his typically readable and engaging style, Bhaskar imagines a plausible socialist future, outlines the successes and failures of socialism in the Twentieth Century, and shows how the instability of liberal capitalism presents an opportunity for the resurgence of democratic socialist politics.


Review by Stephen

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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: Atria Books - 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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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 MiƩville has turned its tumultuous, hopeful, and ultimately tragic build-up into a thrilling and fascinating page-turner.


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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
$16.99
ISBN: 9781568585994
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Published: Bold Type Books - September 19th, 2017

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