Intellectual spring cleaning – new books from Pluto in April

In his book Crack Capitalism, John Holloway argues that spending time reading a book in a park can be a small ‘crack’ in the edifice of capitalist alienated labour time. In that spirit, and in the hope of continuing sunshine, we present our new titles for April  – perfect subversive reading for parks, gardens and beaches.

Noam Chomsky, Power and Terror: Conflict, Hegemony, and the Rule of Force

Arguing that the US is responsible for much of the terror that it claims to be fighting, Chomsky elegantly explains US actions abroad and their deadly consequences. Including talks, question and answer sessions and previously unpublished essays, this collection offers the perfect introduction to Chomsky for those unfamiliar with his work, as well as a handy reference guide for seasoned activists.

Power and Terror

Conflict, Hegemony, and the Rule of Force

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky analyses US foreign policy in the Middle East in the 10 years since 9/11. Includes 3 previously unpublished essays.

“Judged in terms of the power, range, novelty, and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive.” – The New York Times

“On the one hand we have the established media, the respectable community of foreign affairs analysts, the government – on the other, Noam Chomsky.” – The Nation

£12.99 only £11.50 on the Pluto site

Greg Philo and Mike Berry, More Bad News from Israel

Building on rigorous research by the world-renowned Glasgow University Media Group, More Bad News From Israel examines media coverage of the current conflict in the Middle East and the impact it has on public opinion. They illustrate major differences in the way Israelis and Palestinians are represented, including how casualties are shown and the presentation of the motives and rationales of both sides.

More Bad News From Israel

Greg Philo and Mike Berry

Large-scale examination of media coverage of the current conflict in the Middle East and the impact it has on public opinion.

“This superb study … is extensive in scope, and scrupulously fair. It will be a landmark.” – Edward S. Herman, co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of Manufacturing Consent

“[The book] covers a lot of ground in a clear and readable manner and is particularly good at airing different views about the Arab-Israeli conflict.” – Professor Avi Shlaim, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

£16.99 only £15.00 on the Pluto site

David Randall, The Universal Journalist – Fourth Edition

This is a new edition of the world’s leading textbook on journalism. Translated into more than a dozen languages, David Randall’s handbook is an invaluable guide to the ‘universals’ of good journalistic practice for professional and trainee journalists worldwide. This fully updated edition contains scores of new anecdotes and examples, drawing on the author’s own experience as a national newspaper reporter and columnist.

The Universal Journalist – Fourth Edition

David Randall

New updated edition of the world’s leading handbook on journalism.

“What I admire about this book is that it is not simply a “How to” manual – although it covers “How to” and “How not to” brilliantly; it is also a wise, witty and extremely entertaining read… Anyone who aspires to be a journalist – in any of the media – should read Randall. If they don’t, they will, as I did, waste an awful lot of valuable time.” – Dame Ann Leslie, British Journalism Review

“Easily the best introduction to being a reporter I have come across. It provides solid, no-nonsense advice on the skills needed to do the job but is also willing to tackle the bigger issues every journalist must grapple with from time to time. Best of all, it has been written by a true newsman and his enthusiasm for the task in hand is evident on every page.” – Paul Jones, course leader, Press Association Editorial Training

£17.99 only £16.00 on the Pluto site

Rumina Sethi, The Politics of Postcolonialism: Empire, Nation and Resistance

Returning to the origins of postcolonial studies, Sethi identifies it as a tool for political protest and activism among people of the third world. Using a sophisticated mix of spatial theory and local politics, she examines the uneven terrain of contemporary anti-capitalism and political upsurges in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Her analysis shows that as the traditional means of direct political control have largely lost their hold, postcolonial cultures, now dominated by neoliberalism, are seeking fresh ways to express their discontent.

The Politics of Postcolonialism

Empire, Nation and Resistance

Rumina Sethi

A strong argument for returning the focus of postcolonial studies to its roots as a tool for political activism among people of the third world.

“Rumina Sethi challenges postcolonial critics to put their feet back on the ground and to link the postcolonial once again to the political activism by which it has always been inspired.” – Robert J.C. Young, Julius Silver Professor of English & Comparative Literature at New York University

“This book develops an argument that is both even-handed and radical. Rumina Sethi explores the history and the difficulties of post-colonial theory and without jettisoning its value she urges quite fresh thinking about its political and social implications.” – Dame Gillian Beer, King Edward VII Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge

£17.99 only £16.00 on the Pluto site

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