Radical hit parade: top 3 selling books from the Pluto website in May

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Here are the top 3 selling titles from the Pluto website in May:

1. Brett Scott, The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money

The book that is set to unleash a new wave of financial activism and turn our ideas about social change upside down. Check out Brett Scott’s blog which features the latest news and events about the book. You can also read his recent blog posts at Move Your Money and People and Planet.

The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance

Hacking the Future of Money

Brett Scott

Shows how activists can tap into the internal dynamics of the sector to disrupt it and showcases the growing alternative finance movement.

“This is an imaginative, even exuberant exploration of the daunting world of finance – it will unleash a generation of activists, and do a world of good.” – Bill McKibben, author of ‘Deep Economy’

“This book provides a unique inside-out look at our financial system, based on the author’s unusual personal adventure. It is not only a user-friendly guide to the complex maze of modern finance but also a manual for utilising and subverting it for social purposes in innovative ways. Smart and street-smart. “ – Ha-Joon Chang, University of Cambridge, author of ’23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism’

£12.99 only £11.50 on the Pluto site

2. Andrew McGettigan, The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education

There really is nobody else in the UK who understands the detail of the governments HE reforms better than Andrew McGettigan. His book is already causing a stir, prompting a debate between the special advisor to David Willetts and McGettigan (see comments section below the review).

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

3. Neil Faulkner, A Marxist History of the World: From Neanderthals to Neoliberals

This book is the perfect guide to human history from a radical perspective. It is accessible too – relatively short, allowing the reader to gain a grasp of the great changes in history whilst providing a  ‘further reading’ section for those who want to find out more. You can watch Neil discuss the book below:

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

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