This month we are very excited to launch the first books in Pluto’s new Revolutionary Lives series. The series will publish lively and beautifully designed profiles of some of the great revolutionary figures from history. As the new series website puts it:
Revolutionary Lives is a series of books which chart the life stories some of the most exciting, influential and controversial figure in global politics. Sympathetic but not sycophantic, Revolutionary Lives authors aim to celebrate their subjects but also question their political choices; to highlight their achievements but also to look at the impacts that commitment to a cause can have on an individual.
The great sweep of revolutionary history is about ordinary people, about movements and about mass mobilisation. But sometimes it is also about the individuals who inspire, who help to push thought and action forward, and whose lives may offer us a window into their particular periods of history and change. The Revolutionary Lives series is about some of those people.
Visit Revolutionary Lives for more information about the series, author events and to view the series blog.
Icon of Palestinian Liberation
Compelling biography of a legendary Palestinian resistance fighter. From refugee camp to international infamy.
“Sarah Irving provides a fine portrayal of a compelling and mysterious figure from a tumultuous period in Palestinian history, mixing biography and historical critique to deliver a valuable insight into Leila Khaled’s character as well as her extraordinary appeal as a revolutionary icon.” – Nicholas Blincoe, Novelist and co-editor of Peace Under Fire: Israel/Palestine and the International Solidarity Movement
Tribune of the French Revolution
Clifford D. Conner
Accessible introduction to the most ‘dangerous’ and subversive figure of the French revolution and a popular, radical journalist.
“Cliff Conner’s biography is a fresh, welcome look at one of the most complex and fascinating figures of the French Revolution. Marat’s tumultuous career has many echoes for our own time, among them raising the question: are human rights merely legal and political, or are they economic as well?” – Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold’s Ghost (1999) and Bury the Chains (2006)
“Cliff Conner’s retelling of Marat’s life first clears away the cobwebs and prejudices and then reveals why we should love and admire this egalitarian revolutionary. Marat was the “Friend of the People” in the 1790s, and still has a message for us today about social, political, and economic equality. ¡Vive Marat!” – Lynne Stewart
Other Pluto books releasing in May
Dave Arthur’s Bert: the Life and Times of A.L. Lloyd, which is already picking up praise in the media, lovingly charts the colourful life of UK folk music’s most innovative, influential and politically radical figure. Through telling A.L. Lloyd’s life (or Bert as he was known) Arthur takes us on an inspiring journey through 20th century folk music culture – from traditional pub drinking songs to Communist and trade union activism.
The Life and Times of A. L. Lloyd
Dave Arthur. Foreword by Richard Thompson OBE. Preface by Rt. Hon. Sir Stephen Sedley
The definitive biography of the folk legend and left-wing activist.
“When everyone else was listening to Cream, I was listening to A. L. Lloyd.” – Frank Zappa
“I’m old enough and have been close enough to many of the events recounted in this thoroughly but sympathetically researched book to recognise the ring of truth when I hear it.” – Bill Leader, record producer (Bert Jansch)
Christopher Doran’s Making the World Safe for Capitalism: How Iraq Threatened the US Economic Empire and had to be Destroyed provides a radical new interpretation of the 2003 Iraq war, arguing that it was part of a drive to secure the future of US economic dominance in the Middle East, which is now being challenged by the Arab uprisings.
How Iraq Threatened the US Economic Empire and had to be Destroyed
A fresh take on the causes of the 2003 Iraq war. Provides a radical new perspective based on analysis of trends in global political economy.
“A significant contribution to the scholarly literatures on neoliberalism and the US intervention in lraq. Among the most important claims is that neoliberal governance can assume a distinctly militarised form, as it has in Iraq. … Insightful and compelling.” – David McNally, York University, author of Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance
“Doran pulls no punches in revealing the abuses of corporate and state power. His emphasis on the intimate connection between economic and military interests makes for compelling reading. This is a powerful account of how the expansion of the ‘market economy’ into unwelcoming territory is driven by an iron fist.” – Professor Frank Stilwell, University of Sydney