• Political science & theory
      June 2014

      The Radical Imagination

      Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity

      by Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish

      The idea of the imagination is as evocative as it is elusive. Not only does the imagination allow us to project ourselves beyond our own immediate space and time, it also allows us to envision the future, as individuals and as collectives. The radical imagination, then, is that spark of difference, desire and discontent that can be fanned into the flames of social change. Yet what precisely is the imagination and what might make it ‘radical’? How can it be fostered and cultivated? How can it be studied and what are the possibilities and risks of doing so? This book seeks to answer these questions at a crucial time. As we enter into a new cycle of struggles marked by a worldwide crisis of social reproduction, scholar-activists Max Haiven and Alex Khasnabish explore the processes and possibilities for cultivating the radical imagination in dark times. A lively and crucial intervention in radical politics, social research and social change, and the collective visions and cultures that inspire them.

    • Politics & government
      March 2014

      Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power

      Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons

      by Max Haiven

      Today, when it seems like everything has been privatized, when austerity is too often seen as an economic or political problem that can be solved through better policy, and when the idea of moral values has been commandeered by the right, how can we re-imagine the forces used as weapons against community, solidarity, ecology and life itself? In this stirring call to arms, Max Haiven argues that capitalism has colonized how we all imagine and express what is valuable. Looking at the decline of the public sphere, the corporatization of education, the privatization of creativity, and the power of finance capital in opposition to the power of the imagination and the growth of contemporary social movements, Haiven provides a powerful argument for creating an anti-capitalist commons. Capitalism is not in crisis, it is the crisis, and moving beyond it is the only key to survival. Crucial reading for all those questioning the imposition of austerity and hoping for a fairer future beyond it.

    • Political activism
      July 2014

      Assata

      An Autobiography

      by Assata Shakur

      In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted terrorist list. Assata Shakur's trial and conviction for the murder of a white state trooper in the spring of 1973 divided America. Her case quickly became emblematic of race relations and police brutality in the USA. While Assata's detractors continue to label her a ruthless killer, her defenders cite her as the victim of a systematic, racist campaign to criminalize and suppress black nationalist organizations. This intensely personal and political autobiography reveals a sensitive and gifted woman, far from the fearsome image of her that is projected by the powers that be. With wit and candour Assata recounts the formative experiences that led her to embrace a life of activism. With pained awareness she portrays the strengths, weaknesses and eventual demise of black and white revolutionary groups at the hands of the state. A major contribution to the history of black liberation, destined to take its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.

    • Political / legal thriller
      June 2015

      Confessions of a Terrorist

      A Novel

      by Richard Jackson

      In a claustrophobic concrete cell, two men face each other across a bare table. One is a wanted terrorist, the other a British intelligence officer. But this is no ordinary interrogation, and as they talk deep into the night and violent secrets are revealed, the line between interrogator and confessor begins inextricably to blur. Who, then, is the real terrorist? And will they pay for their guilt in blood? The debut novel by world-renowned terrorism expert Richard Jackson, Confessions of a Terrorist is a provocative, tense and ultimately shocking portrayal of how far both individuals and governments are willing to go to defend their beliefs.

    • Peace studies & conflict resolution
      June 2015

      The PKK

      Coming Down from the Mountains

      by Paul White

      The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is infamous for its violence. The struggle it has waged for Kurdish independence in southeastern Turkey has cost in excess of 40,000 lives since 1984. A less-known fact, however, is that the PKK now embraces a non-violent end to the conflict, with its leader Abdullah Öcalan having ordered a ceasefire and engaging in a negotiated peace with the Ankara government. Whether these tentative attempts at peacemaking mean an end to the bloodshed remains to be seen, but either way the ramifications for Turkey and the wider region are potentially huge. Charting the ideological evolution of the PKK, as well as its origins, aims and structure, Paul White provides the only authoritative and up-to-date analysis of one of the most important non-state political players in the contemporary Middle East.

    • Human rights
      April 2001

      Women Witnessing Terror

      Testimony and the Cultural Politics of Human Rights

      by Anne Cubilie

      A model of engaged scholarship, this book examines first-person testimonials by women who have survived abuse and atrocity in zones of conflict and terror. Drawing on a wide range of sources and settings, including genocide, state terror, ethnic cleansing, and war, Anne Cubilie uses survivor testimony as theoretical invention, placing personal witness in dialogue with work by philosophers, literary theorists, and others who study the space between victim and survivor, ethical witness and silenced observer, male and female. This nuanced example of ethical criticism demonstrates forcefully how ethical witnessing - listening to the voices of survivors - reformulates the language of human rights and enhances its ability to intervene against violence and oppression.

    • Pressure groups & lobbying

      Lobbying

      The Art of Political Persuasion

      by Lionel Zetter

      Fully revised, updated and expanded second editionLobbying is a global industry which thrives wherever democracy is established. This book straddles the globe, from the USA to Japan. It covers the Westminster and Scottish Parliaments, and the Welsh, Northern Ireland and London Assemblies. It examines the lobbying scenes in the USA and Brussels. Finally, the book also deals with Asia, the Arabian Gulf and the Middle East.This book examines and explains all aspects of lobbying in an expert yet accessible manner. Areas covered include:- The historical background to lobbying, and the ethical and regulatory frameworks- The mechanics of lobbying, and the techniques employed by lobbyists around the world- The various types of lobbying and public affairs campaigns- Advice on how to break into lobbying- The procedure for appointing a public affairs consultancy- How to use third party advocates in support of a campaignThe author is an acknowledged expert in his field, and this book represents a distillation of his decades of experience. There are also 'top tips' from some of the most senior lobbyists in the world, as well as contributions from elected politicians.

    • Mind, Body, Spirit
      January 2002

      You Are, Therefore I Am

      A Declaration of Dependence

      by Satish Kumar

      This book traces the spiritual journey of Satish Kumar?ùchild monk, peace pilgrim, ecological activist and educator. In it he traces the sources of inspiration which formed his understanding of the world as a network of multiple and diverse relationships. You Are, Therefore I Am is in four parts. The first describes his memories of conversations with his mother, his teacher and his Guru, all of whom were deeply religious. The second part recounts his discussions?with the Indian sage Vinoba Bhave, J. Krishnamurti, Bertrand Russell, Martin Luther King, and E. F. Schumacher. These five great activists and thinkers inspired him to engage with social, ecological and political issues. In the third part Satish narrates his travels in India, which have continued to nourish his mind and reconnect him with his roots.

    • Human rights
      April 2001

      Women Witnessing Terror

      Testimony and the Cultural Politics of Human Rights

      by Anne Cubilie

      A model of engaged scholarship, this book examines first-person testimonials by women who have survived abuse and atrocity in zones of conflict and terror. Drawing on a wide range of sources and settings, including genocide, state terror, ethnic cleansing, and war, Anne Cubilie uses survivor testimony as theoretical invention, placing personal witness in dialogue with work by philosophers, literary theorists, and others who study the space between victim and survivor, ethical witness and silenced observer, male and female. This nuanced example of ethical criticism demonstrates forcefully how ethical witnessing - listening to the voices of survivors - reformulates the language of human rights and enhances its ability to intervene against violence and oppression.

    • Political activism

      Terfysg Beca

      The Rebecca Riots

      by Catrin Stevens

    • Political activism

      The Idiom of Dissent

      by T. Robin. Chapman

    • Fiction

      Changing

      by Geoffrey John Jacobs

      As science, micro bio-engineering and humans develop there comes a time when the three become one. That time is now in this present day story. Mankind has evolved, yes, but in many ways he is as pre-occupied with destruction as he is in creating. Intelligent computers and cyborgs, once purely fictional, are now a rapidly developing reality. Changing takes this fact to a whole new frightening level. Anton, an investigative reporter accidentally comes across the realisation that cyborgs are very advanced and are progressively taking over world power. This story takes you on his amazing journey.

    • Fiction
      May 2013

      Hazardous Material

      by Kurt Kamm

      A firefighter battles a his own painkiller addiction and the infamous Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang. When he joins the Sheriff s Department in a drone search for a meth lab in the Mojave Desert north of Los Angeles, an enigmatic aerospace scientist joins the intrigue. Firefighting, hazardous materials, illicit drugs and aerospace technology are brought together in the fourth in a series of firefighter mysteries by award winning author Kurt Kamm

    • Adventure
      April 2013

      General Yamashita's Dream Book: How To Successfully Find Hidden Treasure In The Philippines

      General Yamashita's Dream Book:

      by Aquila Chrysaetos

      This exciting book describes the way in which the Japanese Imperial Family buried vast amounts of treasure in the Philippines during the Second World War. The author has written a book based on his own treasure hunting experiences and created a "How To Do" book so any adventurer can now treasure hunt for lost gold and gems in the Philippines. This book is packed with: 19 sections including a quick reference A to Z guide to Japanese Treasure Symbol meanings. 100 colour drawings of known treasure sites 150 colour photographs of carved treasure symbols, treasure maps and recovered gold and gems. 70 black and white photographs and drawings

    • Political activism

      Should I Forgive?

      Rape, torture, Murder - The ordeal of an woman who defied Mugabe's thugs in Zimbabwe

      by Nyasha 'many faces' Gapa

      The courageous few Zimbabweans who dared to stand up to President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu PF party in the election campaigns of 2008 were persecuted, assaulted and in many cases brutally murdered. Should I Forgive? is based on the experiences of a young wife and mother, Nyasha Gapa, who was raped and beaten for daring to campaign for Morgan Tsvangirai’s opposition party MDC (Movement for Democratic Change). While many of the details of the story have been changed to protect Nyasha’s family and friends from further violence, all the events related in this tragic story, from the sadistic beating of Nyasha’s husband to their flight to South Africa, their exploitation by a white farmer, the racist persecution the refugees experienced there and the catastrophic fire, actually happened. Should I Forgive? is a heartbreaking story of staggering courage, endurance and love.

    • Warfare & defence
      January 2014

      Waffen SS Britain

      by Paul Hurley

      The novel comprises well researched fact and plausible fiction, carefully interwoven to form an alternative and frightening history. It is a military tale, not just a war story, it is a thriller and love story based on the premise that in 1940 Germany invaded Britain! It is written factually until the point where the allies reach Dunkirk. The cream of the allied armies are then trapped and imprisoned! The Germans invade Britain successfully. In the summer of 1940, Churchill stood virtually alone in his refusal to surrender whilst facing almost certain defeat. In reality, if Britain had surrendered in that summer of 1940 the European war would have ended. Quite possibly no Pearl Harbour and no Italian or further Russian involvement, hostilities would have ceased worldwide. But what of the Holocaust, would that have gone ahead? The evidence suggests that under Hitler and the Nazis it would! The book is thought provoking and fictional.

    • History: specific events & topics
      August 2014

      Friend Grief and 9/11:" The Forgotten Mourners

      by Victoria Noe

    • Children's & YA
      September 2014

      The Boy who Spat in Sargrenti's Eye

      by Manu Herbstein

      On 13 June 1873 British forces bombarded Elmina town in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) and destroyed it. To this day it has not been rebuilt. Later that same year, using seaborne artillery, the British flattened ten coastal towns and villages – including Axim, Takoradi and Sekondi. On 6th February, 1874, after looting the Asantehene’s palace in Kumase, British troops blew up the stone building and set the city on fire, razing it to the ground. 15-year old Kofi Gyan witnesses these events and records them in his diary. This novel, first published soon after the 140th anniversary of the sack of Kumase, tells his story. Several historical characters feature in the novel: the Asantehene Kofi Karikari, the war correspondents Henry Morton Stanley and G. A. Henty and the war artist of the Illustrated London News, Melton Prior, who employs Kofi as his assistant. The novel is illustrated with 70 black and white images, mainly from the Illustrated London News of 1873 and 1874 The image on the front cover is of a solid gold mask looted from the Asantehene’s palace. It now resides in the vaults of the Wallace Collection in London. The Boy who Spat in Sargrenti’s Eye is one of three winners of the 2013 Burt Award for African Literature in Ghana. The Burt Award for African Literature recognises excellence in young adult fiction from African countries. It supports the writing and publication of high quality, culturally relevant books and ensures their distribution to schools and libraries to help develop young people’s literacy skills and foster their love of reading. The Burt Award is generously sponsored by the Canadian philanthropist, Bill Burt, and is part of the ongoing literacy programmes of the Ghana Book Trust and of CODE, a Canadian NGO which has been supporting development through education for over 50 years. The Burt Award includes the guaranteed purchase of 3000 copies of the winning books for free distribution to secondary school libraries.

    • History: specific events & topics

      Entangled in Yugoslavia

      An Outsiders Memoir

      by Stephanie Allen-Early

      Entangled in Yugoslavia – an Outsider’s Memoir is a compelling personal memoir as well as a portrait of a collapsing society. A Foreign Service wife returns to Belgrade – the scene of a previous posting – to find that the society she knew before as a peaceful, stable place under socialism, is caught up in political upheaval. Caught up in the psychological turmoil, she finds release while participating in the international relief effort, working for Unicef to deliver supplies to war-torn areas. The author travelled extensively in all the republics of the former Yugoslavia - both before and during the civil war. Her account of events relies on the testimonies of people coming from different national and class groups.

    • Politics & government
      March 2013

      The Art Of Lobbying The EU

      More Machiavelli in Brussels (revised edition)

      by Rinus van Schendelen

      Every day in Brussels, countless governmental and civil society interest groups seek to influence the policies of the European Union (EU). Many groups, once they have established themselves in the EU capital, apply the insights of Public Affairs (PA) management, the modern art of lobbying. Many PA practitioners in the EU as well as academics specialised in EU and PA studies developed fresh insights on ‘how to influence the EU better’. This manual brings together the most up-to-date collection of PA expertise available to anyone desiring to enhance the success of their efforts to influence the EU. This new edition of the best-selling title is filled with new details, cases, findings and practices. This fully revised and updated fourth edition of the 2002 bestseller offers compelling new insights into the most advanced practices of influencing the decision-making in the European Union’s corridors of power. The author’s uniquely privileged position as advisor to a wide range of lobby groups from several different countries throws much-needed light on best practice and success in public affairs management.

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