You heard it right folks, Pluto Press has embarked upon another of it’s 24 hour bookselling tours-de-force… the much whispered-of annual Mega Sale.
Starting at 11am (in other words, just a couple of short hours ago) and running until 11am on Wednesday, ALL books on the Pluto website will be subject to a further 35% off. That’s on top of the 10-20% discount we put up there normally just ‘cos we love you all.
All you have to do is type the following link into your browser and then watch those prices fall:
Not sure what to browse for? We can help you out with a scatter-gun of 10 recent highlights :)
1.) What We Are Fighting For – Federico Campagna and Emanuele Campiglio
Now only £8.45
This great new book answers the question that the mainstream media loves to ask the protesters. The first radical, collective manifesto of the decade, it brings together some of the key theorists and activists from the new networked and creative social movements. Contributors include Owen Jones, David Graeber, John Holloway, Nina Power, Mark Fisher, Franco Berardi Bifo and Marina Sitrin.
Chapters outline the alternative vision that animates the new global movement – from ‘new economics’ and ‘new governance’ to ‘new public’ and ‘new social imagination’. The book concludes by exploring ‘new tactics of struggle’.
2.) Tweets and the Streets – Paolo Gerbaudo
Now only £9.75
Tweets and the Streets analyses the culture of the new protest movements of the 21st century. From the Arab Spring to the ‘indignados’ protests in Spain and the Occupy movement, Paolo Gerbaudo examines the relationship between the rise of social media and the emergence of new forms of protest.
An exciting and invigorating journey through the new politics of dissent, Tweets and the Streets points both to the creative possibilities and to the risks of political evanescence which new media brings to the contemporary protest experience.
3.) Bleakonomics – Rob Larson
Now only £9.75
Bleakonomics is a short and darkly humorous guide to the three great crises plaguing today’s world: environmental degradation, social conflict in the age of austerity and financial instability.
Written for anyone who is wondering how we’ve come to this point, Rob Larson holds mainstream economic theory up against the grim reality of a planet in meltdown. He looks at scientists’ conclusions about climate change, the business world’s opinions about its own power, and reveals the fingerprints of finance on American elections.
4.) A People’s History of the Second World War – Donny Gluckstein
Now only £11.37
Donny’s great history of the Second World War is a brilliant introduction to the idea of the dual war – the one waged by imperialist governments, both allied and axis, and the ‘people’s war’ to eradicate fascism and ensure a more equitable future, conducted simultaneously from below. Covering countries as far afield as Indonesia, the USA, Yugoslavia and Greece, the reader is treated to a brilliantly honest and engaging account of the Second World War. Highly recommended for anyone interested in books with ‘A People’s History of…’ in the title!
5.) The Islamophobia Industry – Nathan Lean
Now only £7.47
The Islamophobia Industry is a disturbing account of the rising tide of Islamophobia sweeping through the United States and Europe.
Nathan Lean takes us through a world of conservative bloggers, right-wing talk show hosts, evangelical religious leaders and politicians, all united in their quest to exhume the ghosts of 9/11 and convince their compatriots that Islam is the enemy. Lean uncovers their scare tactics, reveals their motives and exposes the ideologies that drive their propaganda machine.
6.) The Corporation that Changed the World – Nick Robins
Now only £10.40
The English East India Company was the mother of the modern multinational. Its trading empire encircled the globe, importing Asian luxuries such as spices, textiles and teas. But it also conquered much of India with its private army and broke open China’s markets with opium. The Company’s practices shocked its contemporaries and still reverberate today.
The Corporation That Changed the World is the first book to reveal the Company’s enduring legacy as a corporation. This new, expanded edition explores how the four forces of scale, technology, finance and regulation drove its spectacular rise and fall. For decades, the Company was simply too big to fail, and stock market bubbles, famines, drug-running and even duels between rival executives are to be found in this new account.
7.) How to Look Good in a War – Brian Rappert
Now only £10.40
How to Look Good in A War examines the methods used to depict, defend and justify the use of state violence. Many books have shown how ‘truth is the first casualty of war’ but this is the first to analyse exactly how pro-war narratives are constructed and normalised.
Examining how organised violence is justified, How to Look Good in A War draws on experiences from recent controversy to consider how ignorance about the operation of war is produced and how concerned individuals and groups can intervene to make a difference.
8.) Bert – Dave Arthur
Now only £14.30
A. L. ‘Bert’ Lloyd played a key part in the folk music revival of the 1950s and ’60s, but that is only part of his story. Dave Arthur documents how Lloyd became a member of the Communist Party, forceful antifascist, trade unionist and an important part of left-wing culture from the early 1930s to his death in 1982. Following his return from Australia as a 21-year-old, self-educated agricultural labourer, he was at the heart of the most important left-wing movements and highly respected for his knowledge in various fields.
Dave Arthur recounts the life of a creative, passionate and life-loving Marxist, and in so doing provides a social history of a turbulent twentieth century.
9.) The Making and Unmaking of a Zionist – Antony Lerman
Now only £11.70
Antony Lerman traces his five-decade personal and political journey from idealistic socialist Zionist to controversial critic of Zionism and Israeli policies towards the Palestinians.
He recalls his 1960s Zionist activism, two years spent on kibbutz and service in the IDF, followed by the gradual onset of doubts about Israel on returning to England. Assailed for his growing public criticism of Israeli policy and Zionism, he details his ostracism by the Jewish establishment. This is a powerful, human rights-based argument about how a just peace can be achieved.
10.) The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings – Bassam Haddad, Rosie Bsheer and Ziad Abu-Rish
Now only £11.37
The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings sheds light on the historical background and initial impact of the mass uprisings which have shaken the Arab world since December 2010. The book brings together the best writers from the online journal Jadaliyya, many of whom live in the countries affected, to provide unique understanding and first-hand accounts of events that have received superficial and partial coverage in Western and Arab media alike. While the book focuses on those states that have been most affected by the uprisings it also covers the impact on Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Palestine, and Iraq.
The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings covers the full range of issues involved in these historic events, from political economy and the role of social media, to international politics, gender, labour and the impact on culture, making this the ideal one-stop introduction to the events for the novice and specialist alike.