The US Presidential election, due to take place on 6th November, doesn’t offer much hope in terms of policies which will tackle inequality, climate change or move towards a more peaceful foreign policy. On the one hand Barack Obama – who has massively increased deadly UAV, or ‘drone’, strikes across the world. And on the other hand, er, Mitt ‘binders full of women’ Romney. ‘Nuff said.
To try and make up for this highly limited form of democratic choice, we are offering a 25% DISCOUNT off some of our top US-related books, from now until election day. And there is free P&P within the UK too!
Here are some of the books which are part of the special offer (please note the discounts below are our standard discounts – click on the title for the even bigger 25%!):
1. Jack Rasmus, Obama’s Economy: Recovery for the Few
Recovery for the Few
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 suitability 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
2. Vassilis K. Fouskas and Bülent Gökay, The Fall of the US Empire: Global Fault-Lines and the Shifting Imperial Order
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
3. Rob Larson, Bleakonomics: A Heartwarming Introduction to Financial Catastrophe, the Jobs Crisis and Environmental Destruction
A Heartwarming Introduction to Financial Catastrophe, the Jobs Crisis and Environmental Destruction
Short and darkly humorous guide to the three great crises plaguing today’s world: climate change, inequality and financial crisis.
“I have been reading Rob Larson’s columns for some time, with great profit and appreciation. His work is not only solidly grounded but also lucid and accessible, a most valuable contribution to public understanding and vitally needed action.” – Noam Chomsky
“Larson adds a critical component to the policy debate about financial reform by explaining why the systemically dangerous institutions (SDIs) — the “too big to fail” banks — imperil our democracy as well as our economy. They are ticking time bombs certain to cause great damage unless we follow Larson’s advice.” – William Black, Associate Professor of Economics and Law, University of Missouri-Kansas City, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One
4. Noam Chomsky, Power and Terror: Conflict, Hegemony, and the Rule of Force
Conflict, Hegemony, and the Rule of Force
Noam Chomsky analyses US foreign policy in the Middle East in the 10 years since 9/11. Includes 3 previously unpublished essays.
“Judged in terms of the power, range, novelty, and influence of his thought, Noam Chomsky is arguably the most important intellectual alive.” – The New York Times
“On the one hand we have the established media, the respectable community of foreign affairs analysts, the government – on the other, Noam Chomsky.” – The Nation
5. Andrew Kliman, The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession
Underlying Causes of the Great Recession
Distinctive and detailed account of the current economic crisis, identifying it as a crisis of capitalism caused by long-term falling profit rates
“One of the very best of the rapidly growing series of works seeking to explain our economic crisis. … The scholarship is exemplary and the writing is crystal clear. Highly recommended! “ – Professor Bertell Ollman, New York University, author of Dance of the Dialectic
“Clear, rigorous and combative. Kliman demonstrates that the current economic crisis is a consequence of the fundamental dynamic of capitalism, unlike the vast bulk of superficial contemporary commentary that passes for economic analysis.” – Rick Kuhn, Deutscher Prize winner, Reader in Politics at the Australian National University
6. Horace G. Campbell, Barack Obama and Twenty-First-Century Politics: A Revolutionary Moment in the USA
A Revolutionary Moment in the USA
Horace G. Campbell
An essential guide to the new political moment indicated by the new networks created in Barack Obama’s revolutionary election campaign.
“This book helps us recognise that we are living in a revolutionary moment. … We need to develop new consciousness … and become active in new political sites where people are creating a participatory democracy in struggles for life, education, health and community.
“Barack Obama’s presidency provides a rare opening for change. Whether we make use of it as we should is up to us. … Campbell’s book is a bracing reminder of all the threads of history woven into this extraordinary moment, a warning about the military and financial forces trying to keep things as they are, and an inspiration to work for the very different world that could be within our grasp.” – Adam Hochschild, writer and journalist, co-founder of Mother Jones magazine and author of King Leopold’s Ghost (2006)
7. Paul L. Atwood, War and Empire: The American Way of Life
The American Way of Life
Paul L. Atwood
A study of US imperialism that argues America’s leaders have chosen to go to war for influence and power ever since the declaration of independence.
“Masterful … [Paul Atwood] gives us a panoramic view of American expansion, beginning with the first invasions of the continent and continuing to the present wars in the Middle East. He does this with a rich command of history, and at every stage measures the pretensions of the state against the real motives of power and profit.” – Howard Zinn
“A clear-headed and compelling account of the development of the American empire, an invaluable corrective to standard myth-making accounts and one that should be read by all students of America’s past.” – Marilyn Young, Professor of History, New York University
8. Philip S. Golub, Power, Profit and Prestige: A History of American Imperial Expansion
A History of American Imperial Expansion
Philip S. Golub
Shows how an embedded culture of force, expansion and US primacy has shaped American foreign policy and prevented democratic transformation.
“Philip Golub brilliantly depicts the long American journey to global ascendancy that is now being eroded by decline, and challenged by emergent rivals, especially China. This sophisticated, deeply informed, and beautifully constructed book is essential reading for all wishing an understanding of world politics in the early 21st century.” – Richard Falk
“[Golub] lends realism to his historical interpretation of the rise of America’s global empire during the past century and the crisis of its apparent decline during recent decades. … The insightful book is an abundant resource for serious reflective thinking on the trajectory of world politics today.” – Robert W. Cox
9. Gregory Harms, Straight Power Concepts in the Middle East: US Foreign Policy, Israel and World History
US Foreign Policy, Israel and World History
A highly accessible introduction to the history of US foreign policy in the Middle East and why it remains deeply significant in the present day.
“Gregory Harms has written such a clear-headed book on empire, because it describes fluently why the responsibility for dealing with rapacious power cannot simply be blamed on history but rests with us right now.” – John Pilger
“This book offers lucid insights to readers seeking to understand why America’s approach to the Middle East has produced such terrible results. Sharp, persuasive, and based on a clear reading of history, it helps us re-imagine the world’s most volatile region.” – Stephen Kinzer, author of Overthrow
10. Carl Boggs, The Crimes of Empire: Rogue Superpower and World Domination
Rogue Superpower and World Domination
Carl Boggs. Foreword by Peter McLaren
A history of US imperialism that uncovers the ever present exploitation, violence and media control that have marked the last two decades of empire.
“Distinguished scholar Carl Boggs’s brilliant historical survey of US empire-building highlights the centrality of violence, lawlessness, and self-serving ‘humanitarian’ ideology, from colonial times to the current wars in Asia.” – James Petras, Bartle Professor Emeritus, Binghamton University
“Carl Boggs’s investigation is relentless, unflinching, and irrefutable. This book performs a genuine service for truth and democracy, an education for every American.” – Michael Parenti, author of Against Empire and To Kill a Nation