Good morning radicals and book-lovers! As the nights draw in and the air gets colder, we’re quickly running into stay-at-home-with-a-good-book territory – and have we got some great books for you this month… Radicalism by the radiator just got better.
Seven new titles hit the bookshelves this month, covering a wide range of topics. If you missed our 35% off mega-sale the other day, don’t worry: here at Pluto we have a year-round, 10%+ discount in effect on all orders from our website, so you can keep your braincells and your bank account healthy at the same time.
First up, Paolo Gerbaudo’s Tweets and the Streets: Social Media and Contemporary Activism is an exciting and invigorating journey through the new politics of dissent, analysing the impact of new social media on activism and social movements, from Cairo to New York.
Bassam Haddad, Rosie Bsheer and Ziad Abu-Rish co-edit The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? also out this month. In over 300 pages, leading Middle East analysts consider the causes and consequences of the ‘Arab Spring’. It doesn’t cut corners anywhere, and covers the full range of issues involved in these historic events, from political economy and the role of social media, to international politics, gender, labour and the impact on culture, making this the ideal one-stop introduction to the events for the novice and specialist alike.
Andrew Hammond’s The Islamic Utopia: The Illusion of Reform in Saudi Arabia uses a range of sources including first-hand reporting and recently released documents to offer a highly informed inside account of the prospects for democracy in Saudi Arabia, which challenges the West’s alliance with the Saudi royal family.
Bleakonomics: A Heartwarming Introduction to Financial Catastrophe, the Jobs Crisis and Environmental Destruction is Rob Larson’s new book, a short and darkly humorous guide to the three great crises plaguing today’s world: environmental degradation, social conflict in the age of austerity and financial instability. Written for anyone who is wondering how we’ve come to this point, Larson holds mainstream economic theory up against the grim reality of a planet in meltdown. He looks at scientists’ conclusions about climate change, the business world’s opinions about its own power, and reveals the fingerprints of finance on American elections.
Justin Podur’s Haiti’s New Dictatorship: The Coup, the Earthquake and the UN Occupation is a powerful challenge and wake-up call to the international NGO and development community. As the sub-title indicates, Podur’s brilliant work charts Haiti’s recent history up to the present, including the 2004 coup, the UN occupation and devastating 2010 earthquake.
Nick Robins’ widely-acclaimed 2006 book on the East India Company has been revised and updated, with the second edition released this October. The Corporation That Changed the World: How the East India Company Shaped the Modern Multinational reveals the Company’s enduring legacy as a corporation. Robins explores how the four forces of scale, technology, finance and regulation drove its spectacular rise and fall. For decades, the Company was simply too big to fail, and stock market bubbles, famines, drug-running and even duels between rival executives are to be found in this new account. The Company’s story provides vital lessons on both the role of corporations in world history and the steps required to make global business accountable today.
Last but not least, Frances Webber’s Borderline Justice: The Fight for Refugee and Migrant Rights is the last of October’s new titles. From pre-arrival to detention and deportation, Borderline Justice describes the exclusionary policies, inhumane decisions and obstacles to justice for refugees and migrants in the current legal system.
All these titles and more are available for purchase on the Pluto Press website. Simply click on the cover thumbnails and a new window will open taking you to the title’s page.