New books from Pluto in April – Obama’s Economy / Bolivia / Humans and Other Animals

In Obama’s Economy: Recovery for the FewUS economist and journalist Jack Rasmus assesses Barack Obama’s economic policies based on a close reading of US economic data. Rasmus outlines a progressive economic programme for jobs, growth and social justice. In a crucial Presidential election year, this analysis could not be more timely.

Visit the US-based Progressive Radio News Hour to listen to Jack discussing the book with award-winning journalist Stephen Lendman.

Obama’s Economy

Recovery for the Few

Jack Rasmus

Informed critical economist takes Obama to task for presiding over a failing and unequal US economy.

“Everybody else talked of the Lehman crisis as a blip, but Rasmus got it right: his concept of ‘epic recession’ describes what happened, in America and in the Western world. In this trenchant critique of Obama’s stimulus measures, he asks searching questions about the scale of the actions taken and the suitablity of their design. With orthodox economics coming under strain, Rasmus’ unorthodox economics is a refreshing counter-argument to the mainstream.” – Paul Mason, BBC Newsnight Economics Editor and author of Meltdown

“Obama was elected because he represented hope and the expectation of change. But as Rasmus shows, little changed for tens of millions of unemployed, homeowners, and those dependant on government services. Rasmus describes in detail how Obama was the most conservative and business-oriented of the Democratic candidates in 2008, and how his first-term economic policies reflected that orientation.” – Chuck Mack, International Vice-President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union

£14.99 only £13.00 on the Pluto site

In Bolivia: Refounding the NationKepa Artaraz provides an unparalleled account of the rise to power of the radical Morales government in Bolivia. Kepa looks at the social movements behind Bolivia’s turn to the left and the challenges it faces in breaking from neo-liberalism and imperialism.


Refounding the Nation

Kepa Artaraz

Shows how and why Bolivia’s radical government under Morales came to power, and the challenges it faces.

“Kepa Artaraz’s book is a timely resource for navigating the complex politics of contemporary Bolivia. Through an accessible combination of history, reporting and analysis, Artaraz provides helpful context for understanding the roots, substance and limits of social and political change in Bolivia. “ – Benjamin Dangl, author of The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia (2011) and Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America (2010).

£18.99 only £17.00 on the Pluto site

In Humans and Other Animals, Samantha Hurn takes a fascinating look at the diversity of human-animal relationships, enabling readers to re-think their own attitudes towards other animals and, by extension, what it means to be human.

Humans and Other Animals

Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Human-Animal Interactions

Samantha Hurn

Explores the evolving and diverse ways in which humans and animals interact, from blood sports to pet keeping.

“This book by Samantha Hurn introduces readers to an area of growing anthropological significance – how humans relate to the animal world and their own place in it through a myriad practical engagements and ideational entanglements. She does this with reference to debates about food, science, conservation, sexuality, and virtually every other subject that has a bearing on our humanity. We are provided with a highly useful overview of the subject, connecting our mundane experiences of living amongst animals, to philosophical notions of ‘human exceptionalism’ and the heady methodological possibility of ‘multi-species’ ethnography. Hurn brings coherence to a large and diverse literature, in a clear and accessible way, that will make this book a refreshingly novel text for beginning students, as well as stimulating a wider interest in an intelligent discussion of human-animals relations.” – Roy Ellen, Professor of Anthropology and Human Ecology, University of Kent Canterbury

£18.99 only £17.00 on the Pluto site

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