New books from Pluto in February – Murdoch’s Politics / How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women / Shadow Lives / To Live and Die in America / Geopolitical Economy / Compensation to Palestinian Refugees and the Search for Palestinian-Israeli Peace

Good morning, radicals and book-lovers! February is here, and along with a tentative first glimpse of Spring on the horizon (you can just about making it out through the last flakes of falling snow) we have an array of brilliant new books.

Our marketing team would ordinarily invoke some clumsy agricultural cliché right about now, (“it’s another bumper crop at Pluto…!“) but we feel February’s books deserve better than this. So, without further ado, we’ll let them speak for themselves. Get your wallets at the ready…

Murdoch’s Politics

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)

£12.99 only £11.50 on the Pluto site

How a Century of War Changed the Lives of Women

Lindsey German

“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)

£16 only £14.00 on the Pluto site

Shadow Lives

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.
– Noam Chomsky

“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

£14.99 only £13.00 on the Pluto site

To Live and Die in America

Class, Power, Health and Healthcare

Robert Chernomas and Ian Hudson

“A fascinating account of how the strength of corporate interests and the relative weakness of unions have given the United States a uniquely bloated and inefficient health care system. The result is a system that at great cost provides people with a level of care that is often worse than countries which spend half as much. It is not a pretty story.” – Dean Baker, co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington DC

“This book should become a classic. It should be read by everyone who feels that power in the United States is very unevenly distributed, not only by gender and race, but primarily by class.” – Vicente Navarro, Professor of Health and Public Policy, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Health Services

£17.99 only £16.00 on the Pluto site

Geopolitical Economy

After US Hegemony, Globalization and Empire

Radhika Desai

“You are not likely to find a better contemporary history of the world’s economy than this one. It is hard to put down, but the greater joy is that it undoes myth after myth about neoliberalism’s inevitability and the neoclassical abstractions that economic history has little to do with the state any longer. The state and class battles will continue, and had better, argues Professor Desai.” – Jeff Madrick, Editor, Challenge

“Desai’s book shatters the stale notions that characterise traditional international political economy. Just as the world economy is crumbling before us, she has provided scholars with a fresh, compelling and forceful account of the US’s failed efforts to dominate the world order order. “ – Professor Ilene Grabel, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, USA

£21.99 only £19.50 on the Pluto site

Compensation to Palestinian Refugees and the Search for Palestinian-Israeli Peace

Edited by Rex Brynen and Roula El-Rifai

£25 only £22.50 on the Pluto site

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