Spies, rebels and declining empires – new books from Pluto in June

Pluto has a fantastic range of books releasing this month. These include some exciting new additions to our list as well as new and updated versions of already established bestsellers.

Donny Gluckstein, A People’s History of the Second World War: Resistance Versus Empire

Visit New Left Project to read an interview with Donny Gluckstein about the book. Donny will be launching the book at Marxism 2012, at 3.45 pm on Saturday 7th July. Watch this space also for further events in London and elsewhere in the UK.

A People’s History of the Second World War

Resistance Versus Empire

Donny Gluckstein

Fascinating history of the Second World War as fought ‘from below’ by anti-fascist militias, who worked both with and against the allied powers.

“The Second World War is so thoroughly surrounded by myth that it is hard to grasp its real character. Gluckstein offers a new interpretation, portraying 1939-45 as two parallel wars: one waged by the Great Powers among themselves, the other by the peoples against fascism. Refreshingly avoiding a conventional narrative approach, he offers new insights that provide a powerful antidote to historical mythology.” – Alex Callinicos, author of Imperialism and Global Political Economy (2009)

“Rigorously structuring his analysis around the two central themes of popular resistance and inter-imperialist rivalry, Gluckstein makes an indispensable contribution to understanding the reality of the conflict in all its complexity.” – Neil Davidson, Senior Research Fellow, University of Strathclyde and author of Discovering the Scottish Revolution

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site

Eveline Lubbers, Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark: Corporate and Police Spying on Activists

Thanks to the work of Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, debates are now ranging over the role of undercover police officers in protest movements. This book could not be more timely. Visit SpinWatch to read Eveline’s analysis of the allegations concerning covert infiltration of these movements.

Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark

Corporate and Police Spying on Activists

Eveline Lubbers

Exposes the covert attempts of corporations and government to infiltrate and spy on peaceful protest groups.

“In the recent frenzy over media phone hacking, the shadow warriors of corporate espionage have escaped scrutiny, until now. Eveline Lubbers’ book shines a timely and sharp light on the dark arts of serving and retired cops, spooks and squaddies who are spying, bugging and lying for big business with impunity.” – Michael Gillard, Journalist, The Sunday Times

“In this eye-opening, ground-breaking volume Evelyn Lubbers opens up a new field of research. A must-read for anyone interested in grey policing, social movements, social reform and corporate intelligence behaviour.” – Gary T. Marx, Author of Undercover: Police Surveillance in America

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site

Vassilis K. Fouskas and Bülent Gökay, The Fall of the US Empire: Global Fault-Lines and the Shifting Imperial Order

A magisterial analysis of the shifting imperial order, from US hegemony to a multi-polar world. Visit Open Democracy to read the latest commentary from Vassilis K. Fouskas about the eurozone crisis:

It is time to stop the chorus of blackmail assailing Syriza, the radical Greek left party poised to win the Sunday election, from all sort of pundits, international officials and, above all, Merkel – along the lines that if their anti-bailout platform wins the June 17 contest then Greece would be pushed out of the Euro. The real issue now is not about economics but about the geopolitics of the eastern Mediterranean.

The Fall of the US Empire

Global Fault-Lines and the Shifting Imperial Order

Vassilis K. Fouskas and Bülent Gökay

Looks at the debates amongst critical theorists about the decline of US power.

“A major addition to the literature on the decline of US hegemony. Avoids cheap polemics and shows balanced, even prudent, judgement. In addition, it offers a sophisticated survey of grand theories of capitalism including those of Fernand Braudel, Immanuel Wallerstein, Giovanni Arrighi, and Robert Brenner.” – Professor Donald Sassoon, Comparative European History, Queen Mary University of London

“It is widely agreed that the current crisis in the capitalist economies is the worst since the 1930s. But in this timely book, Fouskas and Gokay suggest that the financial disarray reflects the beginning of the end of the US Empire and a decisive shift of power to the ‘Global East’. Their argument is both stimulating and challenging.” – Michael Newman

£17.99 only £16.00 on the Pluto site

Vered Amit and Nigel Rapport, Community, Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality

A fascinating intellectual meditation between two leading anthropologists. The impact of globalisation on community, and how ‘mobile subjects’ are coming to define our world.

Community, Cosmopolitanism and the Problem of Human Commonality

Vered Amit and Nigel Rapport

Examination of the changing nature of community, looking at mobile subjects such as migrants and business travellers.

“In the innovative form of the learned dialogue, the authors address some of the most urgent questions in contemporary social theory, concerning cosmopolitanism and the pragmatics of social community. Thoughtfully and beautifully written in two distinctive styles, this is a highly original book crossing genres and disciplines in its quest for insight into the human condition.” – Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo and author of numerous books including Ethnicity and Nationalism, A History of Anthropology, and Small Places, Large Issues (Pluto Press).

“Amit and Rapport are ‘good to think with’ as they debate contemporary notions of and for human sociality. They unsettle in very productive ways anthropological understandings of cosmopolitanism and community by bringing Kant and Turner into dialogue with each other.” – Deborah Reed-Danahay, Professor of Anthropology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY

£21.99 only £19.50 on the Pluto site

Gregory Harms with Todd M. Ferry, The Palestine-Israel Conflict – Third Edition

Visit Counterpunch to read the latest critical analysis from Gregory Harms of the Israel/Palestine ‘peace process’.

The Palestine-Israel Conflict – Third Edition

A Basic Introduction

Gregory Harms with Todd M. Ferry

Fully updated and expanded edition of the classic best-selling primer on the Israel/Palestine conflict.

“This superior and remarkably thorough, if brief, study of the Holy Land enigma is strongly recommended as an introduction.” – CHOICE

“An indispensable, basic introduction.” – Gabriel Kolko, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University in Toronto and author of The Age of War

£14.99 only £13.00 on the Pluto site

Fawwaz Traboulsi, A History of Modern Lebanon – Second Edition

Watch an interview with Fawwaz Traboulsi, one the Arab world’s leading intellectuals, in which he discusses the book here:

A History of Modern Lebanon – Second Edition

Fawwaz Traboulsi

Second updated edition of the first comprehensive history of Lebanon in the modern period, by a leading Lebanese intellectual.

“Skillfully weaving together social, political, cultural and economic history, this deeply informed and penetrating study provides a rich understanding of the vibrant, tragic, but ever hopeful Lebanese ‘door to East and West’, tracing the intricacies of this fascinating society to their historical roots and revealing the complex web that has emerged. It closes with the observation that ‘a new period in the history of Lebanon had begun’ in 1990, a period that has been marked by achievements and horrors, but with the promise for the better future that its people surely deserve.” – Noam Chomsky

“Fawwaz Trabulsi puts Lebanon’s long war into a context that makes it comprehensible and, perhaps, inevitable. Everyone who is curious about that beautiful and tormented country should read his history, one of the best yet.” – Charles Glass, author of The Northern Front and The Tribes Triumphant

£21.99 only £19.50 on the Pluto site

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