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The Nordic Theory of Everything: In Search of a Better Life By Anu Partanen Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062316554
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 27th, 2017

Want to convince your relatives that universal healthcare, free high quality education, and a robust social safety net are a good thing without them thinking you're a pinko commie? Hand them this.


Review by Anje

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The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason By Chapo Trap House, Felix Biederman, Matt Christman, Brendan James, Will Menaker, Virgil Texas Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501187292
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Atria Books - October 15th, 2019

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 By Kathleen Belew Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780674237698
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Harvard University Press - May 7th, 2019

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) By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780872867239
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Published: City Lights Books - January 23rd, 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 one big false dichotomy? 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 By Alex S. Vitale Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781784782924
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Verso - August 28th, 2018

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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A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State By Meredith Tax Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781942658108
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Bellevue Literary Press - August 23rd, 2016

If you have any interest in the fight against totalitarian theocracy, then you must read A Road Unforeseen. I found it to be a thorough, well organized primer on Kurdistan, ISIS, and the self governing region known as Rojava. Meredith Tax is a phenomenal researcher, and makes this deeply complicated topic very readable. Still not convinced? THIS IS ABOUT WOMEN FIGHTING AN INSANE DEATH CULT.


Review by Anje

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October: The Story of the Russian Revolution By China Miéville Cover Image
$19.95
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 By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9781566894951
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
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.


Review by Stephen

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A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West By Luke Harding Cover Image
$18.00
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ISBN: 9781101973998
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.


Review by Stephen

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And the Weak Suffer What They Must?: Europe's Crisis and America's Economic Future By Yanis Varoufakis Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781568585994
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
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

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