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A weekly book recommendation from the readers, writers and staff of openDemocracy. What are you reading now? Email us
"Bound Together: How Traders, Preachers, Adventurers, and Warriors Shaped Globalization", Nayan Chanda
Without looking into the past, how does one explain that almost everything carries within itself the imprints of a long journey? Nayan Chanda maps the hidden history of globalisation.
Is the world already organised and are there any choices left open to ordinary people? A new dictionary lists alternative ways of living and organising life.
Israel's occupation of the West Bank is exercised through a panoptic system of three-dimensional control that makes the entire environment of the occupied Palestinian territories the embodiment of the architecture of colonialism. Eyal Weizman, openDemocracy author of "The politics of verticality" and "Ariel Sharon and the geometry of occupation", dissects and reconstructs the thinking and strategy behind this totalising project.
The ideas of the 1950s and 1960s gave birth to the world's most powerful political tool, the internet. Richard Barbrook's new book challenges us to resist the status quo and use the information society to imagine – and create – a better future.
Why are the world's democracies are failing to live up to their ideals? Stein Ringen's new book outlines how we can halt the decline of democracy's hard-won freedom.
A poetic exploration of colonial-Aboriginal relations and the politics of apology in wartime Australia. Hear author Gail Jones talk about her latest novel.
Portraits of online gamers and their virtual-world alter egos.
Mapping the religions of the world.
Is international terrorism really the single greatest threat to world security? Chris Abbott, Paul Rogers and John Sloboda present an alternate global vision and map new paths into the future.
A rich and complex portrait revealing the forces that divide us and the ties that bind.
Robert G Rabil's book reveals a Syria-United States relationship more changeable and nuanced than post-9/11 rhetoric indicates, says Carsten Wieland.
Being British from the perspective of the newly arrived.
Climate change is big, complex and scary. While Mark Lynas's new book helps readers get to grips with the issue, Caspar Henderson offers six caveats.
The story of Sveta: a young Belarusian woman coerced into prostitution at the age of fifteen. Her frank description of the dehumanizing experience in part explains how she eventually came to invert the roles of sex slave and pimp.
Paul Mason charts the history of the global labour movement and the parallels among workers in the global south today.
Mankind is rapidly destroying ancient coral reefs. Why care? Caspar Henderson reviews Steve Joness new book on the wondrous ecosystems and finds it wanting.
From a pioneer of modernist literature: a portrait of a sordid, dreary and war-ravaged Barcelona in the early days of Franco's brutal regime.
A pioneering study by the great South African naturalist Eugène Marais shaped the way Michael Holman sees the world.
Mapping the century's minor utopias and the individuals trying to imagine a radically better world.
Singer's 17th century ghost story resonantes in a 21st century world, says Rafael Broch.
Nick Cohen reconsiders what it means to be liberal an extract from his controversial new book.
A sweeping satire of African despotism, power and poverty.
In this excerpt from "Globalization Challenged", George Rupp addresses the standoff between traditional conviction and western secular individualism.
Novelist and poet Eva Salzman finds wit and compassion in Timothy Tysons alternative history of the black civil rights movement.
An excerpt from Yom San-seop's classic novel exploring colonialism, tradition and modernity in 1930s Seoul.
Sidney Blumenthal recommends Lawrence Wright's compelling history of the al-Qaida movement.
Climate change: a new problem or one stretching back 700,000 years? Richard Young recommends some environmental lessons from human pre-history.
A fresh eye on the history of the Caribbean island from its pre-Columbian origins to the present day.
I map, therefore I am: Iain Orr finds delight in Katharine Harmon's charting of the imagination.
Behzad Yaghmaian records an intricate oral history of Muslim refugees as they journey west along dark and perilous paths.
Investigative journalist Sonia Shah explores the pharmaceutical industry's abuse of the most impoverished and vulnerable people in Asia and Africa, where even AIDS becomes a matter of commercial self-interest.
On the fiftieth anniversary of Hungary's famous uprising, Victor Sebestyen traces in vivid detail his country's big fight against the Soviet empire.
Orhan Pamuk's novel is less a parable for global modernity than a journey into Turkish history, whatever the author's iconic position in the political landscape might suggest, says Kanishk Tharoor
Alexis Hood may have swooned over the brooding Mr. Rochester, but she finds that the mad woman in the attic has a darker and more compelling story.
Joseph Stiglitz's new model for globalisation.
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