We are closing down for Xmas today at the Pluto office, so we’d like to wish all our readers, supporters and authors a relaxing break and happy new year. If, like us, you are looking forward to finally getting through that ‘to read’ pile we wish you well.
The world seems to still be spinning, so we thought we would give a sneak preview into some of our top titles releasing in early 2013….
This selection provides just a flavour of the many exciting titles we have scheduled for next year.
1. It’s the Political Economy, Stupid: The Global Financial Crisis in Art and Theory, Edited by Gregory Sholette and Oliver Ressler (January)
The Global Financial Crisis in Art and Theory
Edited by Gregory Sholette and Oliver Ressler
Leading critical artists and theorists analyse the current crisis of capitalism.
2. Murdoch’s Politics: How One Man’s Thirst For Wealth and Power Shapes our World, by David McKnight. Foreword by Robert W. McChesney (February)
How One Man’s Thirst For Wealth and Power Shapes our World
David McKnight. Foreword by Robert W. McChesney
Searching analysis of Rupert Murdoch’s impact on politics, media and culture. Includes the fallout from the Leveson inquiry.
“A timely and hard-hitting account of the career of the world’s first and greatest global media baron, from one of Australia’s leading academics in the field of journalism studies. A former journalist himself, McKnight’s account of the Murdoch empire should be read by all who are interested in the relationship between media and political power in our time.” – Brian McNair, Professor of Journalism, Media & Communication at Queensland University of Technology, author of News and Journalism in the UK (2009)
“Lindsey German links two major forms of women’s involvement in war: as activists opposing conflict and as workers during it. Seen through the prism of women’s experience, German tells a fascinating and important story.” – Nina Power, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University and the author of One-Dimensional Woman (2009)
4. Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror, Victoria Brittain. Foreword by John Berger. Afterword by Marina Warner (February)
The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror
Victoria Brittain. Foreword by John Berger. Afterword by Marina Warner
“Thanks in no small measure to Victoria Brittain’s remarkable work, we should all have at least some sense of the horrifying events of which Guantanamo is a symbol. Here Brittain adds another crucial dimension to the shameful record, with a searching, sensitive, and wrenching account of the ordeal of the women left behind, their torment, their endurance and courage, their triumphs over the cruel “extension of prison to home.” And not least, a revealing picture of what we have allowed ourselves to become.
“This is a window into an invisible world…a reminder that abandoning normal legal standards has serious consequences for the Rule of Law.” – Helena Kennedy, QC
5. The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education, Andrew McGettigan (April)
Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education
A critical and deeply informed survey of the brave new world of UK Higher Education emerging from government cuts and market-driven reforms.
“Andrew McGettigan is in my opinion by far the most knowledgeable person in the country on the government’s obscure and yet revolutionary programme of change for universities. He provides us with a full and independent view of the short, medium and longer-term implications of the government’s plans. This book is essential and deeply worrying reading.” – Simon Szreter, Professor of History and Public Policy, University of Cambridge
“Andrew McGettigan is one of the most respected and incisive commentators on higher education. There are no other texts at present that address the political economy of higher education and none that put all the pieces of the jigsaw together to reveal the picture with such clarity.” – John Holmwood, Professor of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nottingham, co-founder of the Campaign for the Public University and editor of A Manifesto for the Public University (2011)