New books from Pluto Press in March

The Best of Le Monde diplomatique 2012, edited by Wendy Kristianasen

Brings together the finest writings from one of the world’s most revered intellectual journals, including Slavoj Žižek on the economic crisis, Gilbert Achcar on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and a fascinating series of essays on the ‘Arab Spring’ covering Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Syria and the political economy of the Middle East.

The Best of Le Monde diplomatique 2012

Edited by Wendy Kristianasen

Collection of the best writing from one of the world’s most prestigious intellectual journals.

“Le Monde diplomatique offers a cool, reasoned, different view of the world’s most pressing issues.” – New York Review of Books

“Le Monde diplomatique is more than ever indispensable to readers who want to know what governments and consensus media will not tell them.” – Eric Hobsbawm

£18.99 only £17.00 on the Pluto site

The Accidental Capitalist: A People’s Story of the New China, Behzad Yaghmaian

There are many books on China’s economic development and the implications for western economies, but few manage to provide a real insight into everyday life in China. As China’s labour movement starts to flex its muscles, The Accidental Capitalist is a unique account of the hopes, hardships, triumphs and tragedies of ordinary Chinese people.

The Accidental Capitalist

A People’s Story of the New China

Behzad Yaghmaian

Based on extensive on-the-ground research, reveals the human stories behind China’s extraordinary growth.

“This remarkable book paints intimate portraits of some of the faceless millions of migrant workers who have made China’s economic miracle possible. Through their stories of hope and heartbreak, Yaghmaian takes readers beyond the statistics to show the revolutionary changes of the last generation. “ – Ivan Watson, CNN Foreign Correspondent

“A new account of China’s epic transformation, told through the personal biographies of men and women working in factories and construction sites. A fascinating, moving and highly readable book.” – Jeff Crisp, Head, Policy Development and Evaluation Services, UNHCR

£17.99 only £16.00 on the Pluto site

Struck Out: Why Employment Tribunals Fail Workers and What Can be Done, David Renton

A critical analysis of the shortcomings of the Employment Tribunal system, packed with useful information for trade unionists and employment law practitioners. Visit David’s excellent blog Struck Out for the latest news, events and reviews.

David will be launching the book at Garden Court Chambers in London on the 24th April at 6.30pm. Visit Struck Out for more information. He will also be speaking at Bookmarks bookshop at 7pm on the 15th May. Visit Bookmarks to reserve your free place.

Struck Out

Why Employment Tribunals Fail Workers and What Can be Done

David Renton

Shows why we can’t rely on the employment tribunal system to deliver fairness and highlights the changes required to protect workers’ rights.

“How can employers and the government argue that employment rights are a burden on business at the same time as so many workplace injustices go unremedied? In the context of a debate over employment law reform that is in danger of being overwhelmed by rhetoric and misinformation, this book will be essential reading for its empirically grounded and dispassionate analysis of what has gone wrong and how it might be put right.” – Simon Deakin, Professor of Law at the University of Cambridge

“‘Employment law in this country isn’t written for working people’ – I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard that at union meetings. But when you’re the person victimised at work, then we all hope Employment Tribunals will deliver us justice. With this excellent step-by-step explanation of how the system works in reality, David Renton explains why it so rarely does. Blacklisted workers have experienced the process first-hand and know this book is true.” – Dave Smith, Blacklist Support Group

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site

State Violence, Collusion and the Troubles: Counter Insurgency, Government Deviance and Northern Ireland, Maurice Punch

Both a shocking expose of how the British state resorted to lethal violence in Ireland, and a history of state violence from Spain to South Africa.

Maurice will be discussing the book on Thursday 22nd March at Kings College London, from 6-8pm. Visit LSE Events for more information.

State Violence, Collusion and the Troubles

Counter Insurgency, Government Deviance and Northern Ireland

Maurice Punch

Documents in chilling detail how the British government turned to violent and illegal measures in its fight against Irish Republicanism.

“State Violence, Collusion and the Troubles brings to bear a mature, discerning and knowledgeable mind on a vexed area and the results are disquieting, fascinating and provocative.” – Paul Rock, Professor of Social Institutions, Mannheim Centre for the Study of Criminology and Criminal Justice, London School of Economics and Political Science

£18.99 only £17.00 on the Pluto site

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