99 Books For The 99%: Books for Social, Environmental, & Political Activism


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99 Books For The 99% is a list of the best books for social, environmental, & political activism. It contains works on the important issues for activists, works by leading activists, and works on activist tactics and successes. Its title is a homage to the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement, but the reading list is relevant to all political activists. For more on left-wing politics see our list The Best Anarchist, Communist, and Socialist Books of All Time. If there are any works missing from the list please let us know in the comments section below.

1. Occupy

By Noam Chomsky | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

PRAISE FOR NOAM CHOMSKY'S OCCUPY AND ZUCCOTTI PARK PRESS:“Having spent so much time thinking about and engaging with social movements, Chomsky is both optimistic about the energy of Occupy and realistic about the challenges it faces. He appreciates the “just do it” ethos and embraces its radical approach ... More »

Occupy
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

2. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

By Glenn Greenwald | Used Price: 60% Off

In May 2013, Glenn Greenwald set out for Hong Kong to meet an anonymous source who claimed to have astonishing evidence of pervasive government spying and insisted on communicating only through heavily encrypted channels. That source turned out to be the 29-year-old NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his ... More »

3. Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

By Jeremy Scahill | Used Price: 50% Off

A New York Times bestsellerA Washington Post bestsellerNamed the top investigative journalism book of 2013 by Nieman Reports Selected as one of Publishers Weekly’s Top 10 Books of 2013“[A] courageous and exhaustive examination of the way a number of clandestine campaigns—full of crimes, cover-ups, and assassinations—became the United ... More »

Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

4. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

By Naomi Klein | Used Price: 60% Off

The most important book yet from the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine, a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.In short, either we ... More »

5. The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

By Matt Taibbi; Molly Crabapple

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST, NPR, AND KIRKUS REVIEWSA scathing portrait of an urgent new American crisis   Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery:   Poverty ... More »

The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap
Direct Action: An Ethnography

6. Direct Action: An Ethnography

By David Graeber | Used Price: 50% Off

Anthropologist David Graeber undertakes the first detailed ethnographic study of the global justice movement. The case study at the center of Direct Action is the organizing and events that led to the one of the most dramatic and militant mass protests in recent years—against the Summit of the ... More »

7. Race Matters

By Cornel West | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

With a new introduction, the groundbreaking classic Race Matters affirms its position as the bestselling, most influential, and most original articulation of the urgent issues in America?s ongoing racial debate.Cornel West is at the forefront of thinking about race. In Race Matters he addresses a range of issues, ... More »

Race Matters
What Gandhi Says: About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage

8. What Gandhi Says: About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage

By Norman G. Finkelstein

The Occupy movement and the protests that inspired it have focused new attention on the work of Mahatma Gandhi, who set out principles of nonviolent resistance during the struggle for Indian Independence, principles that found their echo in Tahrir Square, Puerta del Sol and Zuccotti Park some half ... More »

9. What Then Must We Do?

By Gar Alperovitz | Used Price: 50% Off

Never before have so many Americans been more frustrated with our economic system, more fearful that it is failing, or more open to fresh ideas about a new one. The seeds of a new movement demanding change are forming. But just what is this thing called a new ... More »

What Then Must We Do?
No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women

10. No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women

By Estelle Freedman | Used Price: 70% Off

“On the situations of women around the world today, this one book provides more illumination and insight than a dozen others combined. . . . Freedman’s survey is a triumph of global scope and informed precision.”–NANCY F. COTT Professor of History, Harvard UniversityRepeatedly declared dead by ... More »

11. Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution

By David Harvey

Long before Occupy, cities were the subject of much utopian thinking. They are the centers of capital accumulation as well as of revolutionary politics, where deeper currents of social and political change rise to the surface. Do the financiers and developers control access to urban resources or do ... More »

Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution
The Syria Dilemma

12. The Syria Dilemma

By Danny Postel; Nader Hashemi | 80% Off

The United States is on the brink of intervention in Syria, but the effect of any eventual American action is impossible to predict. The Syrian conflict ... More »

13. Silent Spring

By Rachel Carson | Used Price: 80% Off

Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was first published in three serialized excerpts in the New Yorker in June of 1962. The book appeared in September of that year and the outcry that followed its publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our ... More »

Silent Spring
Hiroshima

14. Hiroshima

By John Hersey | Used Price: 80% Off

"At, exactly fifteen minutes past eight in the morning on August 6, 1945, Japanese time, at the moment when the atomic bomb flashed above Hiroshima, Miss Toshiko Sasaki, a clerk in the personnel department of the East Asia Tin Works, had just sat down at her place in ... More »

15. Mountains Beyond Mountains: One doctor's quest to heal the world

By Tracy Kidder; Paul Farmer | 80% Off

This compelling and inspiring book, now in a deluxe paperback edition, shows how one person can work wonders. In Mountains Beyond Mountains, Pulitzer Prize—winning author Tracy Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who loves the world and has set out to do all he can ... More »

Mountains Beyond Mountains: One doctor's quest to heal the world
Ill Fares the Land

16. Ill Fares the Land

By Tony Judt | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

A gift to the next generation of engaged citizens, from one of our most celebrated intellectuals. As the economic collapse of 2008 made clear, the social contract that defined postwar life in Europe and America-the guarantee of security, stability, and fairness-is no longer guaranteed; in fact, ... More »

17. PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future

By Paul Mason

From Paul Mason, the award-winning Channel 4 presenter, Postcapitalism is a guide to our era of seismic economic change, and how we can build a more equal society. Over the past two centuries or so, capitalism has undergone continual change - economic cycles that lurch from ... More »

PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future
War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

18. War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

By Chris Hedges | Used Price: 80% Off

As a veteran war correspondent, Chris Hedges has survived ambushes in Central America, imprisonment in Sudan, and a beating by Saudi military police. He has seen children murdered for sport in Gaza and petty thugs elevated into war heroes in the Balkans. Hedges, who is also a former ... More »

19. America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism

By Anatol Lieven | Used Price: 80% Off

Originally published over half a decade ago, Anatol Lieven's America Right or Wrong has become a classic analysis of the special character of American nationalism. As he demonstrated, America's foreign policy response to the 9/11 attacks flowed directly from a nationalistic tradition that was two centuries in the ... More »

America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism
Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State

20. Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State

By Ralph Nader | Used Price: 60% Off

Ralph Nader has fought for over fifty years on behalf of American citizens against the reckless influence of corporations and their government patrons on our society. Now he ramps up the fight and makes a persuasive case that Americans are not powerless. In Unstoppable, he explores the emerging ... More »

21. The Boy Who Could Change the World

By Aaron Swartz; Lawrence Lessig

In his too-short life, Aaron Swartz reshaped the Internet, questioned our assumptions about intellectual property, and touched all of us in ways that we may not even realize. His tragic suicide in 2013 at the age of twenty-six after being aggressively prosecuted for copyright infringement shocked the nation ... More »

The Boy Who Could Change the World
To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism

22. To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism

By Evgeny Morozov | Used Price: 50% Off

In the very near future, “smart” technologies and “big data” will allow us to make large-scale and sophisticated interventions in politics, culture, and everyday life. Technology will allow us to solve problems in highly original ways and create new incentives to get more people to do the right ... More »

23. Beyond the Green Zone

By Dahr Jamail | Used Price: 80% Off

“International journalism at its best.”—Stephen Kinzer“Every conflict spawns a handful of journalists who are willing to not only brave the war zone but to seek out the stories ignored by the press pack. The Iraq War has brought us Dahr Jamail. . . . I suspect Jamail’s account ... More »

Beyond the Green Zone
What's Wrong With a Free Lunch?

24. What's Wrong With a Free Lunch?

By Philippe van Parijs | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Our politicians insist that we live in a time of unprecedented prosperity, yet more and more Americans are pointing out that the richest 1% of our society holds more wealth than the bottom 90% put together. In this timely book, economist Philippe Van Parijs has a simple plan ... More »

25. Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain

By Dwight Macdonald | Used Price: 50% Off

A New York Review Books OriginalAn uncompromising contrarian, a passionate polemicist, a man of quick wit and wide learning, an anarchist, a pacifist, and a virtuoso of the slashing phrase, Dwight Macdonald was an indefatigable and indomitable critic of America’s susceptibility to well-meaning cultural fakery: all those estimable, ... More »

Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain
Why Nuclear Disarmament Matters

26. Why Nuclear Disarmament Matters

By Hans Blix | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

In 2002 Dr. Hans Blix, then chief United Nations weapons inspector, led his team on a search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Before the United ... More »

27. Unpeople: Britain's Secret Human Rights Abuses

By Mark Curtis | Used Price: 50% Off

Britain is complicit in the deaths of ten million people. These are Unpeople - those whose lives are seen as expendable in the pursuit of Britain's economic and political goals. In Unpeople, Mark Curtis shows that the Blair government is deepening its support for many states promoting terrorism ... More »

Unpeople: Britain's Secret Human Rights Abuses
The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

28. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger

By Richard G. Wilkinson; Kate Pickett | 60% Off

It is a well-established fact that in rich societies the poor have shorter lives and suffer more from almost every social problem. The Spirit Level, based on thirty years of research, takes this truth a step further. One common factor links the healthiest and happiest societies: the degree ... More »

29. Economics: The User's Guide

By Ha-Joon Chang

In his bestselling 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism, Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang brilliantly debunked many of the predominant myths of neoclassical economics. Now, in an entertaining and accessible primer, he explains how the global economy actually works—in real-world terms. Writing with irreverent wit, a deep ... More »

Economics: The User's Guide
The Age of Extremes: 1914-1991

30. The Age of Extremes: 1914-1991

By Eric Hobsbawm | Used Price: 80% Off

Dividing the century into the Age of Catastrophe, 1914-1950, the Golden Age, 1950-1973, and the Landslide, 1973-1991, Hobsbawm marshals a vast array of data into a volume of unparalleled inclusiveness, vibrancy, and insight, a work that ranks with his classics The Age of Empire and The Age of ... More »

31. Culture and Imperialism

By Edward W. Said | Used Price: 60% Off

A landmark work from the intellectually auspicious author of Orientalism that explores the long-overlooked connections between the Western imperial endeavor and the culture that both reflected and reinforced it. "Said is a brilliant . . . scholar, aesthete and political activist."--Washington Post Book World. More »

Culture and Imperialism
The End of Nature

32. The End of Nature

By Bill McKibben | Used Price: 80% Off

Reissued on the tenth anniversary of its publication, this classic work on our environmental crisis features a new introduction by the author, reviewing both the progress and ground lost in the fight to save the earth.This impassioned plea for radical and life-renewing change is today still considered a ... More »

33. The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class

By Guy Standing | Used Price: 50% Off

Neo-liberal policies and institutional changes have produced a huge and growing number of people with sufficiently common experiences to be called an emerging class. In this book Guy Standing introduces what he calls the Precariat - a growing number of people across the world living and working precariously, ... More »

The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class
Lawless World

34. Lawless World

By Philippe Sands

Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules is a book by the British attorney and author, Philippe Sands. It was published by Viking Adult in October 2005. Sands is a professor of international law at University College London. Among other issues, the book discusses the ... More »

35. How Much is Enough?: Money and the Good Life

By Robert Skidelsky; Edward Skidelsky | 80% Off

A provocative and timely call for a moral approach to economics, drawing on philosophers, political theorists, writers, and economists from Aristotle to Marx to Keynes   What constitutes the good life? What is the true value of money? Whydo we work such long hours merely to acquire greater wealth? Theseare ... More »

How Much is Enough?: Money and the Good Life
How Corrupt is Britain?

36. How Corrupt is Britain?

By David Whyte

Banks accused of rate-fixing. Members of Parliament cooking the books. Major defense contractors investigated over suspect arms deals. Police accused of being paid off by tabloids. The headlines are unrelenting these days. Perhaps it’s high time we ask: just exactly how corrupt is Britain? David Whyte brings ... More »

37. The People's Spring: The Future of the Arab Revolution

By Samir Amin

The 2011 outburst of uprisings by the Arab peoples caught the world’s attention, and this incisive analysis shows that the current Arab uprisings are primarily anti-imperialist—rather than anticapitalist—movements. Arguing that, to take control of their future, Arab peoples need to unify in a ... More »

The People's Spring: The Future of the Arab Revolution
The ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach

38. The ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach

By Robin Hahnel | Used Price: 80% Off

The ABCs of Political Economy is an accessible introduction to modern political economy. While informed by the work of Marx, Keynes, Veblen, Kalecki and other great political economists, Robin Hahnel teaches the reader the essential tools necessary to understand economic issues today from a modern perspective, searching ... More »

39. Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay

By John Lanchester | Under $1.00

We are, to use a technical economic term, screwed. The cowboy capitalists had a party with everyone's money and we're all paying for it. What went wrong? And will we learn our lesson - or just carry on as before, like celebrating surviving a heart attack with a ... More »

Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay
Why Not Socialism?

40. Why Not Socialism?

By G. A. Cohen | Used Price: 60% Off

Is socialism desirable? Is it even possible? In this concise book, one of the world's leading political philosophers presents with clarity and wit a compelling moral case for socialism and argues that the obstacles in its way are exaggerated. There ... More »

41. A People's History of the United States

By Howard Zinn | Used Price: 70% Off

“It’s a wonderful, splendid book—a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future.” —Howard Fast, author of Spartacus and The Immigrants“[It] should be required reading.” —Eric Foner, New York Times ... More »

A People's History of the United States
In Praise of Idleness

42. In Praise of Idleness

By Bertrand Russell | Used Price: 60% Off

Intolerance and bigotry lie at the heart of all human suffering. So claims Bertrand Russell at the outset of In Praise of Idleness, a collection of essays in which he espouses the virtues of cool reflection and free enquiry; a voice of calm in a world of maddening ... More »

43. Feminism is for Everybody

By bell hooks

A study of black and post-colonial writing in Britain - and the extent to which Britain's colonial heritage has shaped present-day formulations of British culture. More »

Feminism is for Everybody
PR! - A Social History of Spin

44. PR! - A Social History of Spin

By Stuart Ewen | Used Price: 80% Off

The early years of the twentieth century were a difficult period for Big Business. Corporate monopolies, the brutal exploitation of labor, and unscrupulous business practices were the target of blistering attacks from a muckraking press and an increasingly resentful public. Corporate giants were no longer able to operate ... More »

45. Stonewall

By Martin Duberman | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

"As scholars we should read Stonewall, and as teachers we should assign it. All of us will be challenged to build on it."—Michael Sherry, Northwestern Univ. "Both a fascinating account of the birth of gay liberation and a replay of the turbulent, society-changing 60s."—San Francisco Chronicle. More »

Stonewall
Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace

46. Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace

By Gore Vidal | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The United States has been engaged in what the great historian Charles A. Beard called "perpetual war for perpetual peace." The Federation of American Scientists has cataloged nearly 200 military incursions since 1945 in which the United States has been the aggressor. In a series of penetrating and ... More »

47. The Keynes Solution: The Path to Global Economic Prosperity

By Paul Davidson | Used Price: 80% Off

Today’s financial crisis has led to a widespread lack of confidence in the laissez faire style of economic policy. In The Keynes Solution author Paul Davidson provides insights into how we got into the crisis—but more importantly how to use Keynes economic philosophy to get out of this mess. John ... More »

The Keynes Solution: The Path to Global Economic Prosperity
Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition

48. Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition

By Alastair McIntosh | Used Price: 80% Off

Climate change is the greatest challenge that the world has ever faced. In this groundbreaking new book, Alastair McIntosh summarises the science of what is happening to the planet - both globally and using Scotland as a local case study. He moves on, controversially, to suggest that politics ... More »

49. Globalisation Development and Social Justice

By Ann El Khoury

Are there existing alternatives to corporate globalisation? What are the prospects for and commonalities between communities and movements such as Occupy, the World Social Forum and alternative economies? This book advances the proposition that another globalisation is not only possible, but already exists. It demonstrates that there are ... More »

Globalisation Development and Social Justice
Making Peace with the Earth

50. Making Peace with the Earth

By Vandana Shiva

Shows how millions in the West are running up huge ecological debts to the third world through over-consumption. More »

51. Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age

By Larry M. Bartels | Used Price: 70% Off

Using a vast swath of data spanning the past six decades, Unequal Democracy debunks many myths about politics in contemporary America, using the widening gap between the rich and the poor to shed disturbing light on the workings of American democracy. Larry Bartels shows ... More »

Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age
How America Gets Away with Murder

52. How America Gets Away with Murder

By Michael Mandel | Used Price: 80% Off

"Exciting, original, and completely convincing ...This book is essential reading for anybody who wants to understand how the law really works in international affairs, and it throws a great deal of light on those international affairs themselves." Edward S. Herman "This closely reasoned and carefully documented study is ... More »

53. Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism

By John Cooley | Used Price: 80% Off

'[A] masterpiece of reportorial thoroughness, painstaking research, and serious reflection.' Edward Said More »

Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism
How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor

54. How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor

By Erik S. Reinert

In this refreshingly revisionist history, Erik S. Reinert shows how rich countries developed through a combination of government intervention, protectionism, and strategic investment—rather than through free trade. Yet when our leaders lecture poor countries on the right path to riches they do so in almost perfect ignorance of ... More »

55. The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters

By Frances Stonor Saunders | 70% Off

In addition to being short-listed for the Guardian First Book Award upon publication in 2000, Frances Stonor Saunders's The Cultural Cold War was met with the kind of attention reserved for books that directly hit a cultural nerve. Impassioned reviews and features in major publications such as the ... More »

The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters
Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948

56. Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948

By Tanya Reinhart | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

In Israel/Palestine, Reinhart traces the development of the Security Barrier and Israel’s new doctrine of "disengagement," launched in response to a looming Palestinian-majority population. Examining the official record of recent diplomacy, including United States–brokered accords and talks at Camp David, Oslo, and Taba, Reinhart explores the fundamental power ... More »

57. Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity

By Robert Pollin | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

In the past twenty-five years the free-market neoliberal model has been hailed as a panacea for economic ills in both the advanced economies and the developing world. Pollin dissects this model as it has been implemented in the US during the Clinton and Bush administrations under Greenspan’s Chairmanship ... More »

Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity
Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone and the World Economic Crisis

58. Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone and the World Economic Crisis

By Euclid Tsakalotos; Christos Laskos | 50% Off

Syriza’s victory in the 2015 Greek general election has shaken the foundations of the Western political establishment and has given new hope to the millions suffering the austerity measures imposed by the European Troika. Many people are discussing how this has happened and what it is about Greece ... More »

59. The Autobiography of Malcolm X

By Malcolm X; Alex Haley | 70% Off

From hustling, drug addiction and armed violence in America's black ghettos Malcolm X turned, in a dramatic prison conversion, to the puritanical fervour of the Black Muslims. As their spokesman he became identified in the white press as a terrifying teacher of race hatred; but to his direct ... More »

The Autobiography of Malcolm X
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic

60. The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic

By Chalmers Johnson | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

"Impressive . . . a powerful indictment of U.S. military and foreign policy." -Los Angeles Times Book Review, front page In the years after the Soviet Union imploded, the United States was described first as the globe's "lone superpower," then as a "reluctant sheriff," next as the "indispensable ... More »

61. Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism

By Sheldon S. Wolin

Democracy is struggling in America--by now this statement is almost cliché. But what if the country is no longer a democracy at all? In Democracy Incorporated, Sheldon Wolin considers the unthinkable: has America unwittingly morphed into a new and strange kind of political hybrid, ... More »

Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism
Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times

62. Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times

By Robert W. McChesney

First published to great acclaim in 2000, Rich Media, Poor Democracy is Robert W. McChesney’s magnum opus. Called a “rich, penetrating study” by Noam Chomsky, the book is a meticulously researched exposition of how U.S. media and communication empires are threatening effective democratic governance. What happens when a ... More »

63. No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes

By Anand Gopal | Used Price: 50% Off

Told through the lives of three Afghans, the stunning tale of how the United States had triumph in sight in Afghanistan—and then brought the Taliban back from the deadIn a breathtaking chronicle, acclaimed journalist Anand Gopal traces in vivid detail the lives of three Afghans caught in America’s war on terror. He ... More »

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes
Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance

64. Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance

By James Scott | Used Price: 60% Off

This sensitive picture of the constant and circumspect struggle waged by peasants materially and ideologically against their oppressors shows that techniques of evasion and resistance may represent the most significant and effective means of class struggle in the long run. More »

65. Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea

By Mark Blyth | Used Price: 50% Off

Selected as a Financial Times Best Book of 2013Governments today in both Europe and the United States have succeeded in casting government spending as reckless wastefulness that has made the economy worse. In contrast, they have advanced a policy of draconian budget cuts--austerity--to solve the financial crisis. We ... More »

Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea
Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal

66. Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal

By Tristram Stuart | Under $1.00

The true cost of what the global food industry throws away. With shortages, volatile prices and nearly one billion people hungry, the world has a food problem—or thinks it does. Farmers, manufacturers, supermarkets and consumers in North America and Europe discard up to half of their food—enough to ... More »

67. The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power

By Joel Bakan | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

Over the last 150 years the corporation has risen from relative obscurity to become the world's dominant economic institution. Eminent Canadian law professor and legal theorist Joel Bakan contends that today's corporation is a pathological institution, a dangerous possessor of the great power it wields over people and ... More »

The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power
The Killing Fields of Inequality

68. The Killing Fields of Inequality

By Goran Therborn

Inequality is not just about the size of our wallets. It is a socio-cultural order which, for most of us, reduces our capabilities to function as human beings, our health, our dignity, our sense of self, as well as our resources to act and participate in the world. ... More »

69. Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement

By Lawrence Wittner | Used Price: 80% Off

Confronting the Bomb tells the dramatic, inspiring story of how citizen activism helped curb the nuclear arms race and prevent nuclear war. This abbreviated version of Lawrence Wittner's award-winning trilogy, The Struggle Against the Bomb, shows how a worldwide, grassroots campaign—the largest social movement of modern times—challenged the ... More »

Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement
Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America's Arms Trade

70. Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America's Arms Trade

By John Tirman

In this fascinating investigation of modern warfare, John Tirman asks why the United States currently exports more weapons than all other countries combined and questions the justification for this morally questionable exercise. Tracking the development of the Sikorsky assault helicopter and its use in connection with certain human ... More »

71. Famine Crimes: Politics & the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa

By Alex de Waal | Used Price: 60% Off

"A powerful critique of the international humanitarian agencies dominating famine relief in Africa." —Foreign Affairs"This is unquestionably an important book by a writer whose accomplishments as a researcher, critic and activist on famine and on human rights in Africa are widely respect." —International Affairs"... de Waal pleads for ... More »

Famine Crimes: Politics & the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa
Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America

72. Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America

By Walter LaFeber | Under $1.00

Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica are five small countries, and yet no other part of the world is more important to the US. This book explains the history of US/Central American relations, explaining why these countries have remained so overpopulated, illiterate and violent; and why ... More »

73. Empire As A Way of Life

By William Appleman Williams | 50% Off

“An unblinkered look at our imperial past . . . a perceptive work by one of our most perceptive historians.”—Studs TerkelA work of remarkable prescience, Empire As A Way of Life is influential historian William Appleman Williams’s groundbreaking work highlighting imperialism—“empire as a way of life”—as the dominant ... More »

Empire As A Way of Life
The Record of the Paper: How the New York Times Misreports US Foreign Policy

74. The Record of the Paper: How the New York Times Misreports US Foreign Policy

By Richard Falk; Howard Friel | 50% Off

On May 26, 2004, the New York Times issued an apology for its coverage of Iraq’s purported weapons of mass destruction. The Times had failed to provide what most readers expect from the US newspaper of record: journalistic accuracy and integrity about important matters of US foreign policy.But ... More »

75. Walking with the Comrades

By Arundhati Roy | Used Price: 70% Off

From the award-winning author of The God of Small Things comes a searing frontline exposé of brutal repression in IndiaIn her latest book, internationally renowned author Arundhati Roy draws on her unprecedented access to a little-known rebel movement in India to pen a work full ... More »

Walking with the Comrades
Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamophobia

76. Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamophobia

By Sindre Bangstad

In late July 2011, Norway was struck by the worst terror attack in its history. I what can only be called a killing spree, Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 people, bombing government building and an hour long shooting spree in a the island of Utøya. His actions were ... More »

77. The Triumph of the Political Class

By Peter Oborne

Peter Oborne's new book reveals in devastating fashion just how far we have left behind us the idea of people going into politics for that quaint reason, to serve the public. Notions of the greater good and "putting something back" now seem absurdly idealistic, such is the pervasiveness ... More »

The Triumph of the Political Class
Eichmann in Jerusalem

78. Eichmann in Jerusalem

By Hannah Arendt | Used Price: 80% Off

The controversial journalistic analysis of the mentality that fostered the Holocaust Originally appearing as a series of articles in The New Yorker, Hannah Arendt’s authoritative and stunning report on the trial of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann sparked a flurry of debate upon its publication. This revised edition includes material that ... More »

79. 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown

By Simon Johnson; James Kwak | Price: $0.01

Even after the ruinous financial crisis of 2008, America is still beset by the depredations of an oligarchy that is now bigger, more profitable, and more resistant to regulation than ever. Anchored by six megabanks—Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley—which together ... More »

13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown
Fear: The History of a Political Idea

80. Fear: The History of a Political Idea

By Corey Robin | Used Price: 80% Off

For many commentators, September 11 inaugurated a new era of fear. But as Corey Robin shows in his unsettling tour of the Western imagination--the first intellectual history of its kind--fear has shaped our politics and culture since time immemorial. From the Garden ... More »

81. Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent

By Eduardo Galeano | Used Price: 60% Off

Since its U.S. debut a quarter-century ago, this brilliant text has set a new standard for historical scholarship of Latin America. It is also an outstanding political economy, a social and cultural narrative of the highest quality, and perhaps the finest description of primitive capital accumulation since Marx.Rather ... More »

Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
Who Are We - And Should It Matter in the 21st Century?

82. Who Are We - And Should It Matter in the 21st Century?

By Gary Younge | Under $1.00

From those who insist that Barack Obama is Muslim to the European legislators who go to extraordinary lengths to ban items of clothing worn by a tiny percentage of their populations, Gary Younge shows, in this fascinating, witty, and provocative examination of the enduring legacy and obsession with ... More »

83. World Hunger: Twelve Myths

By Frances Moore Lappe; Joseph Collins; Peter Rosset

In this completely revised and updated edition of the most authoritative book on world hunger, three of our foremost experts on food and agriculture expose and explode the myths that prevent us from effectively addressing the problem. Drawing on and distilling the extensive research of the Institute for ... More »

World Hunger: Twelve Myths
Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life

84. Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life

By Paul Goodman; Percival Goodman | 80% Off

Communitas is also the title of a book published in 1947 by the 20th-century American thinker and writer Paul Goodman and his brother, Percival Goodman, who is less well-known, but a thinker in his own right. Their book examines three kinds of possible societies: a society centered on ... More »

85. Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens

By Nicholas Shaxson | Used Price: 60% Off

A thrilling ride inside the world of tax havens and corporate mastermindsWhile the United States experiences recession and economic stagnation and European countries face bankruptcy, experts struggle to make sense of the crisis. Nicholas Shaxson, a former correspondent for the Financial Times and The Economist, argues that tax ... More »

Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens
The Rule of Law

86. The Rule of Law

By Tom Bingham | Used Price: 60% Off

"The Rule of Law" is a phrase much used but little examined. The idea of the rule of law as the foundation of modern states and civilizations has recently become even more talismanic than that of democracy, but what does it actually consist of? In this brilliant short ... More »

87. Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It

By Lawrence Lessig | Used Price: 80% Off

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Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It
Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

88. Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

By Raj Patel | Used Price: 50% Off

Revised and Expanded Edition"For anyone attempting to make sense of the world food crisis, or understand the links between U.S. farm policy and the ability of the world's poor to feed themselves, Stuffed and Starved is indispensable." —Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's DilemmaIt’s a perverse fact of modern ... More »

89. Killing Hope

By William Blum | Used Price: 80% Off

Is the United States a force for democracy? From China in the 1940s to Guatemala today, William Blum presents a comprehensive study of American covert and overt interference, by one means or another, in the internal affairs of other countries. Each chapter of the book covers a year ... More »

Killing Hope
Amusing Ourselves to Death

90. Amusing Ourselves to Death

By Neil Postman | Used Price: 60% Off

Originally published in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic about the corrosive effects of television on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century book published in the twentieth century. Now, with television joined by more sophisticated electronic media—from the Internet to cell phones to DVDs—it ... More »

91. Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land Under Siege

By Amira Hass | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

In 1993, Amira Hass, a young Israeli reporter, drove to Gaza to cover a story-and stayed, the first journalist to live in the grim Palestinian enclave so feared and despised by most Israelis that, in the local idiom, "Go to Gaza" is another way to say "Go to ... More »

Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land Under Siege
In Praise of Barbarians: Essays against Empire

92. In Praise of Barbarians: Essays against Empire

By Mike Davis | Used Price: 70% Off

The author of City of Quartz and Planet of Slums attacks the current fashion for empires and white men’s burdens in this blistering collection of radical essays. He skewers contemporary idols such as Mel Gibson, Niall Ferguson, and Howard Dean; unlocks some secret doors in the Pentagon and ... More »

93. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

By Jared Diamond | Used Price: 80% Off

In Jared Diamond’s follow-up to the Pulitzer-Prize winning Guns, Germs and Steel, the author explores how climate change, the population explosion and political discord create the conditions for the collapse of civilizationEnvironmental damage, climate change, globalization, rapid population growth, and unwise political choices were all ... More »

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

94. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America

By Barbara Ehrenreich | Used Price: 80% Off

Our sharpest and most original social critic goes "undercover" as an unskilled worker to reveal the dark side of American prosperity.Millions of Americans work full time, year round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding ... More »

95. Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch

By Nick Davies | Used Price: 70% Off

At first, it seemed like a small story. The royal editor of the News of the World was caught listening to the voicemail messages of staff at Buckingham Palace. He and a private investigator were jailed, and the case was closed. But Nick Davies, special correspondent for The ... More »

Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch
Activists in City Hall

96. Activists in City Hall

By Pierre Clavel | Under $1.00

In 1983, Boston and Chicago elected progressive mayors with deep roots among community activists. Taking office as the Reagan administration was withdrawing federal aid from local governments, Boston's Raymond Flynn and Chicago's Harold Washington implemented major policies that would outlast them. More than reforming governments, they changed the ... More »

97. Disciplined Minds

By Jeff Schmidt

"This book is stolen. Written in part on stolen time, that is. Because like millions of others who work for a living, I was giving most of my prime time to my employer..." So begins Jeff Schmidt in this riveting book about the world of professional work. ... More »

Disciplined Minds
Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

98. Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil

By Nancy Scheper-Hughes | 80% Off

When lives are dominated by hunger, what becomes of love? When assaulted by daily acts of violence and untimely death, what happens to trust? Set in the lands of Northeast Brazil, this is an account of the everyday experience of scarcity, sickness and death that centres on the ... More »

99. Walden and Civil Disobedience

By Henry David Thoreau | Rock-bottom Price: $0.01

The two defining works of a transcendentalist masterDisdainful of America’s booming commercialism and industrialism, Henry David Thoreau left Concord, Massachusetts, in 1845 to live in solitude in the woods near Walden Pond. Walden, the account of his stay, conveys at once a naturalist’s wonder at the commonplace and ... More »

Walden and Civil Disobedience

Author: David Thomson


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