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A Tolerable Anarchy
Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom
Written by Jedediah Purdy


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9584-1 (1-4000-9584-0)

In A Tolerable Anarchy, Jedediah Purdy traces the history of the American understanding of freedom, an ideal that has inspired the country’s best—and worst—moments, from independence and emancipation to war and economic uncertainty. Working from portraits of famous American lives, like Frederick Douglas and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Purdy asks crucial questions... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Moments Politiques

Written by Jacques Ranciere
Translated by Mary Foster


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 11, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-533-3 (1-60980-533-X)

To speak of “political moments” is to say, first and foremost, that politics is not the continuous unfolding of governmental acts and power struggles; rather, it exists in those moments that question what politics is, exactly, what kind of community it engages, what people are contained therein and what those people... Read more >
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The Engaged Spiritual Life
A Buddhist Approach to Transforming Ourselves and the World
Written by Donald Rothberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2006
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-7725-2 (0-8070-7725-9)

By the time Donald Rothberg was in his early twenties, he knew he had two vocations. He wanted to dedicate himself to justice and social change, and he wanted to commit himself to exploring the depths of human consciousness-to an awakening of our deeper spiritual nature. It has been his life’s... Read more >

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The Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre

Written by Jean-Paul Sartre


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 27, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7632-1 (1-4000-7632-3)

Here in one volume is a unique, essential overview of the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. Extensive excerpts from Sartre's major philosophical and literary writings—Being and Nothingness, The Critique of Dialetical Reason, Nausea, No Exit, The Flies, St. Genet, as well as lesser known works—are organized systematically, illustrating the key elements of... Read more >

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In Our Own Best Interest
How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All
Written by William Schulz


Format: Trade Paperback, 262 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 11, 2002
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0227-8 (0-8070-0227-5)

Sierra Leone, Kosovo, East Timor, the Bronx. The nightly news brings vivid images into our homes of the mistreatment of people all over the world. In the secure comfort of our living rooms, we may feel sympathetic to the victims of these atrocities but far removed from them. “What does all... Read more >

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How Much is Enough?
Money and the Good Life
Written by Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: June 19, 2012
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-507-5 (1-59051-507-2)

What constitutes the good life? What is the true value of money? Why do we work such long hours merely to acquire greater wealth? These are some of the questions that many asked themselves when the financial system crashed in 2008. This book tackles such questions head-on.

In 1930, the great economist... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Social and Political Philosophy
Readings From Plato to Gandhi
Written by John Somerville and Ronald Santoni


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 6, 1963
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-01238-6 (0-385-01238-1)

As an established anthology of some of the most influential social and political philosophers of Western Civilization, this book focuses on contrasting views of the origin, development, and degeneration of the state. It includes substantial selections from Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Lenin, Dewey, Gandhi, and others.

Table of Contents

Introduction

PLATO
from... Read more >
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The Open-Source Everything Manifesto
Transparency, Truth, and Trust
Written by Robert David Steele
Foreword by Howard Bloom


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: June 5, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-443-1 (1-58394-443-5)

What the world lacks right now—especially the United States, where every form of organization from government to banks to labor unions has betrayed the public trust—is integrity. Also lacking is public intelligence in the sense of decision-support: knowing what one needs to know in order to make honest decisions for the... Read more >
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Nuestra Arma es Nuestra Palabra
Escritos Selectos
Written by Subcomandante Marcos
Afterword by Ana Carrigan
Edited by Juana Ponce De Leon
Foreword by Jose Saramago


Format: Trade Paperback, 536 pages
Publisher: Siete Cuentos
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-270-6 (1-58322-270-7)

En este libro fundamental, Seven Stories Press presenta una poderosa colección de escritos literarios, filosóficos y políticos del enigmático vocero de los zapatistas, SubComandante Marcos. Con la Introducción del ganador del Premio Nobel, José Saramago, e ilustrado con bellas fotos en blanco y negro, Nuestra Arma es Nuestra Palabra cristaliza, la... Read more >
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Our Word is Our Weapon
Selected Writings
Written by Subcomandante Marcos
Afterword by Ana Carrigan
Edited by Juana Ponce De Leon
Foreword by Jose Saramago


Format: Trade Paperback, 522 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 7, 2002
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-472-4 (1-58322-472-6)

In this landmark book, Seven Stories Press presents a powerful collection of literary, philosophical, and political writings of the masked Zapatista spokesperson, Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos. Introduced by Nobel Prize winner José Saramago, and illustrated with beautiful black and white photographs, Our Word Is Our Weapon crystallizes “the passion of a rebel... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audio CD, eBook and a hardcover.

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The Black Swan: Second Edition
The Impact of the Highly Improbable: With a new section: "On Robustness and Fragility"
Written by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: May 11, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7381-5 (0-8129-7381-X)

Selected for Wellesley Reads 2010

A black swan is a highly improbable event with three principal characteristics: It is unpredictable; it carries a massive impact; and, after the fact, we concoct an explanation that makes it appear less random, and more predictable, than it was. The astonishing success of Google was a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Action Philosophers

Written by Fred Van Lente
Illustrated by Ryan Dunlavey


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
On Sale: October 28, 2014
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-61655-539-9 (1-61655-539-4)

The definitive tenth-anniversary edition of Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey's award-winning, best-selling Action Philosophers!

Study the tenets of Plato, the wrestling superstar from ancient Greece, learn the lessons of Nietzsche, the original übermensch, and meditate on the messages of Bodhidharma, a kung fu master. Laugh, learn, laugh some more, and... Read more >

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In Defence of the Terror
Liberty or Death in the French Revolution
Written by Sophie Wahnich
Foreword by Slavoj Zizek


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 7, 2012
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-862-4 (1-84467-862-8)

For two hundred years after the French Revolution, the Republican tradition celebrated the execution of princes and aristocrats, defending the Terror that the Revolution inflicted upon on its enemies. But recent decades have brought a marked change in sensibility. The Revolution is no longer judged in terms of historical necessity but... Read more >
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Parecomic
Michael Albert and the Story of Participatory Economics
Written by Sean Michael Wilson and Carl Thompson
Introduction by Noam Chomsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-456-5 (1-60980-456-2)

Parecomic is a graphic novel about the system we live in–what’s wrong with it, and how we might be able change it for the better. The recent upsurge in popular protest around the world shows that people are not happy with the state of capitalism and desire an alternative that will... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin' Mamas
Fighting Back in an Age of Industrial Agriculture
Written by Mark Winne


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4737-8 (0-8070-4737-6)

Selected as a 2011 University Press Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries
Rated G — General Audience

A look at the growing power of local efforts across America to say no to the industrial food system and yes to self-reliance, better health, and community.

In Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas, Mark... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Revival
The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House
Written by Richard Wolffe


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71742-9 (0-307-71742-9)

Revival is the dramatic inside story of the defining period of the Obama White House. It is an epic tale that follows the president and his inner circle from the crisis of defeat to historic success. Over the span of an extraordinary two months in the life of a young presidency... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Integrated Activism
Applying the Hidden Connections between Ecology, Economics, Politics, and Social Progress
Written by Alexis Zeigler


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: EVOLVER EDITIONS
On Sale: August 13, 2013
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-604-6 (1-58394-604-7)

How do peak oil, climate change, and the limits of growth affect abortion rights, income equality, and civil liberty? In this impassioned treatise, author and activist Alexis Zeigler reveals the hidden connections between ecology, economics, politics, and social justice–and shows us how to use these connections to effect real, long-lasting change.

Most... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Power of Nonviolence
Writings by Advocates of Peace
Written by Howard Zinn


Format: Trade Paperback, 216 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: September 12, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-1407-3 (0-8070-1407-9)

“There is no easy way out of the spiraling morass of terror and brutality that confronts the world today. It is time now for the human race to hold still, to delve into its wells of collective wisdom, both ancient and modern.”--Arundhati Roy

The Power of Nonviolence, the first anthology of... Read more >

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The Zinn Reader
Writings on Disobedience and Democracy
Written by Howard Zinn


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 7, 2009
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-870-8 (1-58322-870-5)

No other radical historian has reached so many hearts and minds as Howard Zinn. It is rare that a historian of the Left has managed to retain as much credibility while refusing to let his academic mantle change his beautiful writing style from being anything but direct, forthright, and accessible. Whether... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Idea of Communism 2
The New York Conference
Edited by Slavoj Zizek
Contribution by Alain Badiou, Etienne Balibar, Bruno Bosteels and Susan Buck-Morss


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: March 12, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-980-5 (1-84467-980-2)

The first volume of The Idea of Communism followed the 2009 London conference called in response to Alain Badiou’s ‘communist hypothesis’, where an all-star cast of radical intellectuals put the idea of communism back on the map.

This volume brings together papers from the subsequent 2011 New York conference organized by Verso... Read more >

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Mapping Ideology

Edited by Slavoj Zizek
Contribution by Nicholas Abercrombie, Theodor Adorno, Louis Althusser and Michele Barrett


Format: Trade Paperback, 348 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-84467-554-8 (1-84467-554-8)

For a long time, the term ‘ideology’ was in disrepute, having become associated with such unfashionable notions as fundamental truth and the eternal verities. The tide has turned, and recent years have seen a revival of interest in the questions that ideology poses to social and cultural theory, and to political... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Welcome to the Desert of the Real
Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates
Written by Slavoj Zizek


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: January 16, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-019-3 (1-78168-019-1)

Liberals and conservatives proclaim the end of the American holiday from history. Now the easy games are over; one should take sides. Žižek argues this is precisely the temptation to be resisted. In such moments of apparently clear choices, the real alternatives are most hidden. Welcome to the Desert of the... Read more >
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The Year of Dreaming Dangerously

Written by Slavoj Zizek
Introduction by Michel Eltchaninoff


Format: Trade Paperback, 142 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: October 9, 2012
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-042-1 (1-78168-042-6)

Call it the year of dreaming dangerously: 2011 caught the world off guard with a series of shattering events. While protesters in New York, Cairo, London, and Athens took to the streets in pursuit of emancipation, obscure destructive fantasies inspired the world’s racist populists in places as far apart as Hungary... Read more >
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