This weekend the Alliance of Radical Booksellers (ARB) will be hosting the first London Radical Bookfair, bringing together all traditions of radical publishing and bookselling at Conway Hall, Holborn.
Alongside the stalls of the fair, there will also be talks from authors nominated for the ARB’s annual prize for best political non-fiction, The Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing, with the winner is announced at the end of the fair.
This year, Pluto have three contenders in the eight book shortlist: Federico Campagna and Emanuele Campiglio’s What We are Fighting For: A Radical Collective Manifesto (Pluto, 2012); Donny Gluckstein’s A People’s History of the Second World War: Resistance Versus Empire (Pluto, 2012); and Eveline Lubbers’ Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark: Corporate and Police Spying on Activists (Pluto, 2012). All four authors will be amongst those presenting and discussing their work.
To purchase any of Pluto’s nominated titles you can click on the links above and below, or visit our stall at the fair. To view the rest of the shortlist, check out the ARB site, here, or follow the Bookfair on Facebook and Twitter.
A Radical Collective Manifesto
Edited by Federico Campagna and Emanuele Campiglio
Visions of a different society run in the interests of the 99%. Leading activist voices answer the question the media loves to ask the protesters.
“Here are the first flowers of spring: the beginning of an epochal dialogue about the human future. Inspired by the Occupy movements across the world, What We Are Fighting For should inspire all of us to join the conversation.” – Mike Davis, author of Planet of Slums and City of Quartz
“This collection provides a rallying point for all those who resist the dogmas of contemporary politics and seek a fresh set of alternatives. What We Are Fighting For is a manifesto full of urgent, articulate responses to the current situation.” – Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School, New York, and author of The Faith of the Faithless (2012).
Resistance Versus Empire
Fascinating history of the Second World War as fought ‘from below’ by anti-fascist militias, who worked both with and against the allied powers.
“The Second World War is so thoroughly surrounded by myth that it is hard to grasp its real character. Gluckstein offers a new interpretation, portraying 1939-45 as two parallel wars: one waged by the Great Powers among themselves, the other by the peoples against fascism. Refreshingly avoiding a conventional narrative approach, he offers new insights that provide a powerful antidote to historical mythology.” – Alex Callinicos, author of Imperialism and Global Political Economy (2009)
“Rigorously structuring his analysis around the two central themes of popular resistance and inter-imperialist rivalry, Gluckstein makes an indispensable contribution to understanding the reality of the conflict in all its complexity.” – Neil Davidson, Senior Research Fellow, University of Strathclyde and author of Discovering the Scottish Revolution
Corporate and Police Spying on Activists
Exposes the covert attempts of corporations and government to infiltrate and spy on peaceful protest groups.
“In the recent frenzy over media phone hacking, the shadow warriors of corporate espionage have escaped scrutiny, until now. Eveline Lubbers’ book shines a timely and sharp light on the dark arts of serving and retired cops, spooks and squaddies who are spying, bugging and lying for big business with impunity.” – Michael Gillard, Journalist, The Sunday Times
“In this eye-opening, ground-breaking volume Evelyn Lubbers opens up a new field of research. A must-read for anyone interested in grey policing, social movements, social reform and corporate intelligence behaviour.” – Gary T. Marx, Author of Undercover: Police Surveillance in America