Friday, 20 December 2013

The Zed Christmas list

Still not quite finished the Christmas shopping? Wondering what to buy for the more Left-leaning members of your family this year?

Worry not. Zed Books has compiled this handy list of the giftier titles from our recent Zed canon.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a radical New Year.



William Blum

...because Christmas isn’t America’s only gift to the world. Since World War II we have been conditioned to believe that America's motives in 'exporting' democracy are honorable, even noble. In this startling and provocative book, William Blum, a leading dissident chronicler of US foreign policy and the author of controversial bestseller Rogue State, argues that nothing could be further from the truth.

'A fireball of terse information.' Oliver Stone



Carol Dyhouse

Horror, scandal and moral panic! Obsession with the conduct of young women has permeated society for over a hundred years. Be it over flappers, beat girls, dolly birds or ladettes, public outrage at girls' behaving badly has been a mass-media staple with each generation. Dyhouse’s social history is full of wit, sparkle and heart.

‘A loud, disturbing, eloquent, and crucial rallying cry against the concept of a 'post-feminist' world, a narrative deeply relevant today.' Publishers Weekly


Reclaiming the F Word:

Feminism Today

Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune

Since the turn of the millennium a revitalised feminist movement has emerged to challenge the assumption that feminism is so last century. Based on a survey of over a thousand feminists, Reclaiming the F Word reveals the what, why and how of today's feminism, from cosmetic surgery to celebrity culture, from sex to singleness. This is a generation-defining book demanding nothing less than freedom and equality, for all.

'A lucid and lively examination of the state of contemporary feminism from two women who really know what they're talking about. . . . This book is full of hope.' Libby Brooks, deputy comment editor, Guardian



Walden Bello

In this eye-opening and often scathing book, Walden Bello provides a forensic dissection of contemporary capitalism's multiple crises. Trenchant but constructive, Bello's analysis of the collapse of the global real economy, covering such issues as the Wall Street meltdown, the disintegration of the Greek economy, and the rise of China, emphasizes the ever more pressing need to engage in a radical process of deglobalization towards a decentralized, pluralistic world system. Only then will we be able to construct a fairer and more equitable society.

'Walden Bello's work has been consistently outstanding, highly informative and full of insight.' - Noam Chomsky



Susie Jolly, Andrea Cornwall and Kate Hawkins

While gender and development has tended to engage with sexuality only in relation to violence and ill-health, the media, the pharmaceutical industry, and pornography tend to celebrate the pleasures of sex in ways that can be just as oppressive and narrowing. Women, Sexuality and the Political Power of Pleasure brings together challenges to these strictures and exclusions from both the South and North of the globe, with examples of activism, advocacy and programming which use pleasure as an entry point. It shows how positive approaches to pleasure and sexuality can enhance equality and empowerment for all.



Alcinda Honwana

The uprising in Tunisia has come to be seen as the first true revolution of the twenty-first century, one that kick-started the series of upheavals across the region now known as the Arab Spring. In this remarkable work, Alcinda Honwana goes beyond superficial accounts of what occurred to explore the defining role of the country's youth, and in particular the cyber activist. Drawing on fresh testimony from those who shaped events, the book describes in detail the experiences of young activists through the 29 days of the revolution and the challenges they encountered after the fall of the regime.

An essential account of an event that has inspired the world, and its potential repercussions for the Middle East, Africa and beyond.



Yanis Varoufakis

In this remarkable and provocative book, Yanis Varoufakis explodes the myth that financialisation, ineffectual regulation of banks, greed and globalisation were the root causes of the global economic crisis. Rather, they are symptoms of a much deeper malaise which can be traced all the way back to the Great Crash of 1929, then on through to the 1970s: the time when a 'Global Minotaur' was born, the 'engine' that pulled the world economy from the early 1980s through to the financial collapse of 2008. Looking ahead, Varoufakis lays out the options available to us for reintroducing a modicum of reason into a highly irrational global economic order.



Anna Feigenbaum, Fabian Frenzel and Patrick McCurdy

From Tahrir Square to Occupy, from the Red Shirts in Thailand to the Teachers in Oaxaca, protest camps are a highly visible feature of social movements' activism across the world. Drawing on over fifty different protest camps from around the world over the past fifty years, this book offers a ground-breaking and detailed investigation into protest camps from a global perspective - a story that, until now, has remained untold.

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