New books from Pluto in April


The Great University Gamble

Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education

Andrew McGettigan

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)

£16.99 only £15.00 on the Pluto site


Memoirs of an Early Arab Feminist

The Life and Activism of Anbara Salam Khalidi

Anbara Salam Khalidi. Foreword by Marina Warner. Translated by Tarif Khalidi

The first English translation of the memoirs of Anbara Salam Khalidi, the iconic Arab feminist.

“These memoirs are a fascinating record of experiences witnessed by a pioneer feminist in Beirut whose name is rightly synonymous with the feminist, social and literary renaissance of the Arab East. … From now on [neither] the history of Beirut in the modern period nor the history of the modern feminist movement in the Arab world [can] be written without reference to these very memoirs. “ – Kamal Salibi, prominent Lebanese historian and former Professor of History at the American University of Beirut

“Reading the memoir of Anbara Salam Khalidi is an inspiring and disturbing experience: here is a truly exceptional woman, who was moved throughout her life by those qualities that remain the highest ethical ideals: courage, love, generosity, independence of spirit–and modesty. But as well as a poignant and forthright picture of an individual woman’s life, the book was immediately recognised as a major work of historical testimony when it appeared in 1978. Anbara stands witness to a momentous period [of history]; throughout, she was in the vanguard of reform, present and active at key turning points of the turbulent twentieth century. … These memoirs have rightly become a classic with the Arabic public, and now, in her son Tarif Khalidi’s translation, can at last reach Anglophone readers. The book offers us unparalleled insight into a rare human being, whose fascinating account of her life will make every reader wish to have known her; her story sharpens the sense that the freedoms that some of us are fortunate to enjoy were hard-won by forebears like Anbara.” – Marina Warner, from the foreword

£16.99 only £15.00 on the Pluto site


A Marxist History of the World

From Neanderthals to Neoliberals

Neil Faulkner

Magisterial analysis of human history, from the first hominid to the Great Recession of 2008. Written from the perspective of ordinary men and women.

“‘Enlightening and apocalyptic in equal measure'” – Guardian

“Who needs ‘objective’ history? Not Neil Faulkner, for whom the history of the world is a relentless and disgraceful parade of shame from the brazenly wasteful tribes of the Bronze Age to Maoist China’s sell-out state capitalism. If nothing else this book will make you stop and think and give you a taste of what it must have felt like to be a firebrand buoyed up by righteous revolutionary zeal in October 1917. If you like your blood boiled, this is the history for you. I can guarantee you’ll be outraged – either because you agree with him or because you don’t!” – Guy de la Bédoyère, historian and author of Roman Britain: A New History (2006).

£18 only £16.00 on the Pluto site


The Financial Crisis and the Global South

A Development Perspective

Yilmaz Akyüz

Explores the policy options available for developing and emerging economies in response to the global economic crises.

“Certainly the best study of the ongoing economic crisis not only from a development perspective but from a balanced and holistic point of view. With realism and solid scholarship enriched by experience, Akyüz reminds us that economic interdependence is an inescapable condition of our times. This book is sure to become an indispensable reference.” – Rubens Ricupero, former Brazilian Finance Minister, former Secretary General of UNCTAD

“This book is a tour de force by one of the world’s leading development economists. It is a must read for all those who are interested in the global economy North-South relations and the economic crisis.” – Ajit Singh, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Cambridge

£19.99 only £17.50 on the Pluto site


Language, Resistance and Revival

Republican Prisoners and the Irish Language in the North of Ireland

Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh. Foreword by Philip Scraton

Explores a key period in Irish history through the original and ‘insider’ accounts of key protagonists in the contemporary Irish language revival.

“The most comprehensive and accessible account of the relationship between the Irish language and the Long War in the Six Counties. Essential reading for anyone interested in the dynamics of political and cultural revival in a revolutionary context. Mac Ionnrachtaigh makes skilful and extensive use of interviews with many of the principal actors to document this phenomenon with great authenticity.” – Dr. Ruan O’Donnell, Lecturer in History at University of Limerick and author of Special Category: The IRA in English Prisons (2011)

“This fascinating new study examines an essential part of the story of language revival and political conflict in Ireland. The interviews and analysis undertaken by the author promise to be of great interest to a wide readership.” – Dr Fionntán De Brún, Head of Irish Language and Literature in University of Ulster

£21.99 only £19.50 on the Pluto site

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