Yemen in Crisis – the road to war

Available for £12 (postage extra) – email sfbbooks@gmail.com to order

Review

“This timely book analyzes the deep roots of the crisis that gripped Yemen even before the destructive war against it created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Lackner is superbly equipped to trace the causes for the failure and collapse of the Yemeni state, under the inexorable pressures of neo-liberalism and regional and global rivalries.”

– Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University

Blood and Money

We have a small number of copies of this book at the special offer price of £10 (postage to be added) – email sfbbooks@gmail.com to order.

You can watch a video of David McNally speaking about the book at the 2020 Historical Materialism conference

A Region in Revolt

A Region in Revolt – mapping the recent uprisings in North Africa and West Asia is launched today 1st November. We have copies available at £10 (including UK postage). Email to order.

Insightful, timely analysis of the uprisings in Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon, Iraq and Iran. The book explores the historical backgrounds of each coun- try, the continuity of the anticolonial struggle of independence and the rise to power of autocratic and repressive regimes. It demonstrates that the uprisings, though their outcome is uncertain, carry the unyielding spirit of people’s resistance and struggle against both imperialism and local oppressive regimes. A struggle that needs all levels of international solidarity.—Haifa Zangana, Iraqi novelist, author, artist, and political activist

The revolutionary upsurge that shook the Arabic-speaking region in 2011 was followed two years later by a violent backlash. Most commentators hurried to proclaim that the Arab Spring had ended in an Arab Winter. They were thus failing to understand that the initial shockwave was but the manifestation of a deep regional structural crisis that is getting worse as times goes by. Thus, a second wave of uprisings started in 2018, engulf- ing Iran in addition to Arabic-speaking countries. Whereas there is a plethora of books on the 2011 upsurge, this book is the only comprehensive overview of the second wave of revolt, which is here analysed from the standpoint of the popular struggle. —Gilbert Achcar, Professor at SOAS, University of London, author of The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the arab Uprising

A rich and informed account of the popular uprisings that have emerged across the Middle East in recent years. Each chapter carefully analyses the political movements and contending forces involved in these uprisings, situating them in the wider global system. Almost a decade after dicta- tors were toppled in Tunisia and Egypt, this book is a powerful testament to the new generation of activists who continue to seek long-term revo- lutionary change in the region.—Adam Hanieh, author of Money, Markets, and Monarchies: The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Political Economy of the Contemporary Middle East (CUP 2018).

A People’s Guide to Capitalism

We now have copies of Hadas Thier’s introduction to Marxist Economics – ‘A People’s Guide to Capitalism’. We have a few copies at the special offer price of £10 – email sfbbooks@gmail.com to order.

A very basic definition of classes as they exist under capitalism begins with this premise: workers have to sell our ability to work, and capitalists buy and command our labor power. You can’t understand either the worker’s or the boss’s class position without understanding that the whole of the system is one in which labor is set to work, in order to produce a profit for someone else.

Class, in other words, is a relationship of exploitation.

Read and excerpt from the book here.

A brief history of commercial capitalism

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We have copies of this new book by Jairus Banaji available at the reduced price of £10.

“With mind-boggling erudition, command over an extraordinary range of historical materials in multiple languages, and a theoretically sophisticated irreverence for received dogma, Jairus Banaji dislodges many a eurocentric account to offer an absorbing, thought-provoking, and truly global story of the emergence and varieties of capitalism.”—LALEH KHALILI, professor of international politics, Queen Mary University of London and author, Sinews of War and Trade