Recent Z Books
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.
Gordon: Israel's Occupation
Aug 21, 2008
This first complete history of Israel's occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip allows us to see beyond the smoke screen of politics in order to make sense of the dramatic changes that have developed on the ground over the past forty years. Looking at a wide range of topics, from control of water and electricity to health care and education as well as surveillance and torture, Neve Gordon's panoramic account reveals a fundamental shift from a politics of life—when, for instance, Israel helped Palestinians plant more than six-hundred thousand trees in Gaza and provided farmers with improved varieties of seeds—to a macabre politics characterized by an increasing number of deaths. Drawing attention to the interactions, excesses, and contradictions created by the forms of control used in the Occupied Territories, Gordon argues that the occupation's very structure, rather than the policy choices of the Israeli government or the actions of various Palestinian political factions, has led to this radical shift.
Bennett: Species Traitor
Aug 20, 2008
Bennett: Desert Solitair
Aug 20, 2008
Albert: Parecon: Life After Capitalism
Aug 19, 2008
“What do you want?” is a constant query put to economic and globalization activists decrying current poverty, alienation, and degradation. In this highly praised new work, destined to attract worldwide attention and support, Michael Albert provides an answer: “Participatory Economics” — “Parecon” for short — a new economy, an alternative to capitalism, built on familiar values including solidarity, equity, diversity, and people democratically controlling their own lives.
DANNY SCHECHTER, "The News Dissector" has spent decades as a truth teller in the media, with leading media companies and as an independent filmmaker with the award-winning independent company Globalvision. A graduate of Cornell and the London School of Economics, Schechter was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a multiple Emmy Award winner at ABC News, where he was among the first to cover the S&L crisis. In 2007, his film IN DEBT WE TRUST wasthe first to expose Wall Street's connection to subprime loans, predicting the economic crisis that this book investigates. Schechter is a blogger, editor of Mediachannel.org, and author of nine books. He has reported from 53 countries, and lives in Gotham. He owns no derivatives or tranches.
In the past few years, South America has witnessed the rise of leftist governments coming into power on the heels of dramatic social and political unrest. From Hugo Chávez in Venezuela to Evo Morales, the indigenous head of state of Bolivia, and Michelle Bachelet, the first woman president in Chile, the faces of South American politics are changing rapidly and radically.
Kurkulos: Toolbox for Sustainable City Living
Aug 08, 2008
A Do-It-Ourselves Guide
Richards: Business as a System of Power
Aug 04, 2008
Study into the rise of manufacturing peak associations and the concomitant rise of authoritarian political and economic institutions in totalitarian and democratic states.
Nationalism, War & the Great Powers, 1804-1999
Scipes: Rethinking Venezuelan Politics
Jul 28, 2008
An excellent, in-depth analysis of the situation in Venezuela, including an excellent analysis of Hugo Chavez and the political forces he has stimulated.
Dunne: In Search of Fatima
Jul 20, 2008
"Ghada Karmi's compelling and beautifully written narrative is more than a personal memoir. It enables the reader to understand and to empathize with the psychological dislocation of exile that continues to fuel the Palestinian cause..." —Karen Armstrong
An assessment of movement approaches to the 2008 elections including a vision (based on the strategic thinking of the nineteenth century Shawnee leader Tecumseh)of of US revolutionary movement-building strategy in a time of rapid change. Proposes a framework for identifying movement strengths and system vulnerabilities. Analyzes the impact of elections and predicts the nature of a future Obama administration and its effect on the left.
Bohmer: Contours of Descent
Jul 14, 2008
Good book critiquing neoliberal policies in the United States and globally. Pollin uses data well to show the limitations of Clinton's policies in the 1990's and their growing worse since 2000. He calls for regulation of trade and financial institutions at home; and global Keynesianism and fair trade.
In this long-awaited book from the rising superstar of sportswriting, whose blog â€œThe Edge of Sportsâ€ is read each week by thousands of people across the country, Dave Zirin offers a riotously entertaining chronicle of larger-than-life sporting characters and dramatic contests and what amounts to an alternative history of the United States as seen through the games its people played...
This is a great book which illustrates how U.S. foreign policy has not changed since the second World War and probably won't change any time soon. It also illustrates how progressive movements which start to gain momentum in any country around the globe are deemed a threat to the U.S. government and must be stopped, no matter how insignificant the country may seem. A quote from Noam Chomsky on the back of the book: "Far and away the best book on the topic."
Martin: UNMARKETABLE: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity.
Jun 08, 2008
"UNMARKETABLE: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity" is the full title of Anne Elizabeth Moore's book. In the tradition of Thomas Frank, and considering various conclusions of "adbusters" and other analyses of the cross-pollination of corporate and anti-corporate cultural producers' work, Moore goes further than her colleagues in digging into the truth of the wasted, and re-co-opted attempts to co-opt established corporate logos, jingles, strategies and attitudes. This important book includes valuable insights into the punk and DIY ethos, as well.
Although written over sixteen years ago, the central argument of "Voltaire's Bastards" - that obsession with reason, efficiency and process have created a vacuum of meaning and direction in western societies - holds as true today as it did then, if not even more so. Asking significant questions from a philosophical perspective, the reader will come away from this book with a greater understanding of the foundations of many problems plaguing our societies today.