So far 2011 has been a year of surprises…
Tyrants have fallen…
Media magnates have been humbled…
…But few would also have predicted the Pluto ‘super sweep’ sale.
That’s right, here at Archway Road a febrile mood has taken hold and we’ve gone special-offer crazy. For the next 24 hours ONLY we are offering an EXTRA 35% discount off all our books.
To take advantage of our special offer click here to activate the discount code and then shop as usual. Go wild in the aisles!
EDIT: The Super Sweep has now finished. Thanks to everyone who took advantage of this offer. Look out for more offers coming soon.
Below are some suggestions to get you started:
Inside Al-Qaeda and the Taliban
Syed Saleem Shahzad
A unique insight into the post-Osama bin Laden generation of Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders from a journalist who interviewed many of them.
“This is a disturbing book. … Shahzad considers the strategies of al-Qaeda and other radical Islamist movements in terms that are not often heard.” – The Times
“Buy Shahzad’s book. It tells us what the Pakistani government, whose corruption and brutality Shahzad died to expose, does not want us to know.” – Charles Glass
The Provisional IRA
Analyses the Provisional IRA’s formation, development, and prospects for the future.
“Tommy McKearney’s story is one of those ‘must read’ books for anyone interested either in the struggle within Northern Ireland itself or in the overall relationship between England and Ireland.” – Tim Pat Coogan, former editor of the Irish Press and author of The I.R.A (1970; 2000).
“If we had to choose one person who served in the ranks of the IRA to contextualize the organization’s development from revolution to reform it would be Tommy McKearney. A seasoned volunteer with considerable military and political experience McKearney knows his subject matter. In terms of both left-wing politics and IRA activism he has walked the walk. Now he explains to a wider audience the dynamics behind the IRA and in the process gives the reader a new intellectual window through which the IRA campaign can be reappraised. Any student of the IRA who does not have this book in their library will find their comprehension diminished.” – Anthony McIntyre, former IRA volunteer and ex-prisoner
The State of Islam
Studies Pakistan through the lens of the Cold War and the War on Terror and sheds light on the processes behind the rise of militant Islam.
“A deeply informed study of Pakistan’s unfinished journey, marked by the historical suppression of its vibrant Left, Toor’s book is part of the current re-emergence of a foundation for progressive politics in Pakistan. … Read it, argue over it, and be part of the journey to renew Pakistan.” – Vijay Prashad, The Darker Nations, and (co-editor), Dispatches from Pakistan
“Saadia Toor reveals a country that is nothing like the hotbed of Islamic extremism and military dictatorship we read about constantly. … This book is a powerful antidote to reactionary stereotypes of Pakistan that dominate academic research and popular media.” – David Ludden, Professor of History, New York University, author of India and South Asia: A Short History
Understanding Al Qaeda – Second Edition
Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou
Updated edition of the controversial book which argues that the only way to defeat Al Qaeda it is to engage with its arguments in a serious way.
“Mohamedou is a top-notch academic. In today’s world, you can’t afford to miss this book.” – Tim Sebastian, award-winning former BBC foreign correspondent and presenter of HARDtalk
“Mohammad Mohamedou has written a political analysis which provides a much-needed secular understanding of Al Qaeda as one among several organised forces in a rapidly changing international arena. Unlike most writers on the subject who tend to be mesmerised by Al Qaeda’s religious discourse, Mohamedou insists on understanding the changing significance of the discourse against a historical backdrop of actions and events.” – Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government, Columbia University
A ‘Toxic Genre’
Analyses the production and reception of recent Iraq war films, such as the Oscar winning The Hurt Locker. Fascinating survey of post-9/11 cinema.
“A critical, multidimensional analysis of how film culture deals with war and politics. Clearly written, broadly informed, and engagingly insightful.” – Michael Parenti, author of God and His Demons and The Face of Imperialism
“An excellent and original analysis of a range of films related to the war in Iraq that also makes a wider contribution to our understanding of the various pressures and shaping influences brought to bear on such productions in both Hollywood and parts of the independent sector. Lucidly argued and a model of level-headed analysis.” – Geoff King, Director of the Screen Media Research Centre at Brunel University, London
The Political Economy of NGOs
Jude L. Fernando
Explores the relationship between NGOs and capitalism, showing that supposedly progressive NGOs often promote the same policies as governments.
“At last, we have a theoretically-informed and historically grounded account of one of the defining features of the contemporary world – the rise of non-governmental organisations. This book is a much-needed political economy of NGOs and development in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka that perfectly combines conceptual sophistication with careful empirical analysis, anchoring its understanding of NGOs firmly to the forces of capitalist development and the neo-liberal restructuring of the state.” – David Lewis, Professor of Social Policy and Development, London School of Economics & Political Science
“Jude Fernando’s notable achievement here is to push us to be a lot more nuanced when we join in the intense debate about the value of non-governmental organizations. His grittily detailed and sophisticated comparison of myriad NGOs in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka makes us all smarter as we try to figure out under exactly what conditions NGO activities undermine or contribute to genuine democratization anywhere. This is a fine and timely book.” – Cynthia Enloe, author of Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War
Anne Schwan and Stephen Shapiro
An accessible step-by-step introduction to Foucault’s hugely influential text. Part of the ‘How to Read Theory’ series.
“This is a useful and illuminating companion to Foucault’s book, and will clarify much that remains puzzling about this proteiform thinker, dispelling misunderstandings and sending the reader on new and more fruitful paths” – Fredric Jameson, William A. Lane Jr. Professor of Comparative Literature at Duke University
“[A] highly readable guide to one of Foucault’s best-known but often misinterpreted works. … This book will be of great assistance to students and others looking for a clear introduction to Discipline and Punish and for pointers on its theoretical contexts.” – Clare O’Farrell, author of Michel Foucault (2005) and founding editor of Foucault Studies
In Foreign Fields
Thomas F. Carter
Examines the lives of transnational sport migrants: players, journalists, coaches and administrators who toil far away from the sporting limelight.
“This is a remarkable book. Carter explodes facile assumptions about the mobility of sports players across playing fields and national boundaries. Combining vivid prose with shrewd analysis, he follows the lives and labour of both elite and lesser-known players. In doing so, he remakes the social scientific study of globalizing sport, while challenging its scandalous neglect in the discipline of anthropology.” – Simon Coleman, Chancellor Jackman Chaired Professor, University of Toronto, and co-editor of The Discipline of Leisure
“Based on more than a decade of ethnographic research in a wide variety of locations, this book make an enormous contribution to the anthropological study of sport and also to the social scientific understanding of sport more generally. In addition to vividly describing and forensically examining the lives of sport migrants as they ply their trade in ‘foreign fields’, Thomas Carter convincingly attacks his fellow anthropologists for their relative failure to appreciate the socio-cultural significance of sport. Even if they now take heed, however, Carter will remain their master for many years to come.” – Alan Bairner, Professor of Sport and Social Theory at Loughborough University, author of Sport, Nationalism, and Globalization (2001)