Recent Z Books
Vincent: Wealth and Democracy
Feb 13, 2009
Economic history of the rise of the ultra-rich in the US and the similarities with other dominant powers in earlier centuries.
In Jailhouse Lawyers, award-winning journalist and death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal presents the stories and reflections of fellow prisoners-turned-advocates who have learned to use the court system to represent other prisoners - many uneducated or illiterate - and in some cases, to win their freedom.
Zinn: A People's History of American Empire
Feb 02, 2009
Shifting from world-shattering events to one familyâ€™s small revolutions, A Peopleâ€™s History of American Empire presents the classic ground-level history of America in a dazzling new form.
Our best historians offer fresh insights on Abraham Lincoln and his time to mark the upcoming bicentennial of Lincoln's birth.
Brody: America's Defense Meltdown
Jan 31, 2009
Pentagon Reform for President Obama and New Congress: 13 Pentagon insiders, retired military officers & defense specialists speak out
Iverson: The Museum of Innocence
Jan 14, 2009
A rich man who falls in love with distance cousin.
Huntsinger: Democracy Inc.: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism
Jan 07, 2009
Reviews: "If democracy means more than occasional elections and protection of those rights that are compatible with economic and political elites' interests, Wolin's analysis of our democratic predicament is shocking, solid, and fundamentally correct."--C.P. Waligorski, Choice "Of the many books I've read or skimmed in the past seven years that attempted to get inside the social and political debacles of the present, none has had the chilling clarity and historical discernment of Sheldon S. Wolin's Democracy Incorporated. Building on his fifty years as a political theorist and proponent of radical democracy, Wolin here extends his concern with the extinguishing of the political and its replacement by fraudulent simulations of democratic process."--Jonathan Crary, Artforum Endorsements: "With his fundamental grasp of political theory and restless spirit to get at the essence of what threatens modern democracy, Wolin demonstrates that the threats to our democratic traditions and institutions are not always from outside, but may come from within. It is a book that policymakers and scholars of contemporary society should read and reflect upon."--Rakesh Khurana, Harvard Business School, author of From Higher Aims to Hired Hands "As we've come to expect from Sheldon Wolin, a tightly argued and deeply revealing book about the dangers of unconstrained capitalism for our democracy."--Robert B. Reich, University of California, Berkeley
Mexico Unconquered is an evocative report on the epic powers of violence and corruption in Mexico and the underdogs and rebels who put their lives on the line to build justice from the ground up.
A new direction for labor by two of its leading activist intellectuals.
Bocquet: The Ego and its Own -- The case of the ...
Nov 22, 2008
The Ego And Its Own throws down a challenge to thousands of years of religious, philosophical and political depreciation of the individual.
Bonner: Revolutionizing Children's Records
Nov 16, 2008
History of an old-timey children's record company.
Rodriguez: Che: A Graphic Biography
Nov 10, 2008
A graphic biography of the most iconic revolutionary figure of the twentieth century...
Bocquet: Modernity and the Holocaust
Nov 03, 2008
Sociology is concerned with modern society, but has never come to terms with one of the most distinctive and horrific aspects of modernity - the Holocaust. The book examines what sociology can teach us about the Holocaust, but more particularly concentrates upon the lessons which the Holocaust has for sociology. Bauman's work demonstrates that the Holocaust has to be understood as deeply involved with the nature of modernity. There is nothing comparable to this work available in the sociological literature.
"The very notion of the domination of nature by man stems from the very real domination of human by human." With this succinct formulation, Murray Bookchin launches his most ambitious work, The Ecology of Freedom. An engaging and extremely readable book of breathtaking scope, its inspired synthesis of ecology, anthropology and political theory traces our conflicting legacies of hierarchy and freedom from the first emergence of human culture to today's globalized capitalism, constantly pointing the way to a sane, sustainable ecological future.
Moore: Mike's Election Guide
Oct 01, 2008
In his first book in five years, Michael Moore brings us the definitive guide to the 2008 election.
In spring 2008, inspired by the Vietnam-era Winter Soldier hearings, Iraq Veterans Against the War gathered veterans to expose war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq. Here are the powerful words, images, and documents of this historic gathering, which show the reality of life in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Using primary source documents ranging from Rumsfeld’s “techniques chart” and Iraqi plaintiffs’ statements to the testimony of whistleblowers and key pieces of reportage, the book sets forth evidence of a torture program that took place throughout the world: in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantánamo, secret CIA prisons, and other places unknown.
This book provides the tools to put democratic values into practice in groups and organizations. Designed to help groups increase participation and collaboration, promote mutual understanding, honor diversity, and make effective, inclusive, participatory decisions, it is loaded with graphics, guidelines and hand outs, and presents more than 200 valuable tools and skills. It is perfect for managers, participants, seasoned practitioners, and students of working group dynamics.
Grubacic: Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History
Sep 01, 2008
Wobblies and Zapatistas offers the reader an encounter between two generations and two traditions. Andrej Grubacic is an anarchist from the Balkans. Staughton Lynd is a lifelong pacifist, influenced by Marxism. They meet in dialogue in an effort to bring together the anarchist and Marxist traditions, to discuss the writing of history by those who make it, and to remind us of the idea that "my country is the world." Encompassing a Left libertarian perspective and an emphatically activist standpoint, these conversations are meant to be read in the clubs and affinity groups of the new Movement.
Street: The Empire's New Clothes
Sep 01, 2008
Many Americans believe Barack Obama represents a hopeful future for America. But does he also reflect the American politics of the past? This book offers the broadest and best-informed understanding on the meaning of the “Obama phenomenon” to date.