Born OTD in 1891, Austrian-American pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, Edward Bernays. A fascinating & controversial look at how government & corporations control how we think and act. In a world dominated by political spin & media manipulation, ‘Propaganda’ is an essential read for all who wish to understand how power is used by the ruling elite in society.

Written in 1928, this was the first book to discuss the manipulation of the masses and democracy by government spin … More

Born OTD in 1939, Australian investigative journalist and BAFTA award-winning documentary film maker, John Pilger. Pilger is a strong critic of American, Australian and British foreign policy, which he considers to be driven by an imperialist agenda. Pilger has also criticised his native country’s treatment of Indigenous Australians.

Tell Me No Lies is a celebration of the very best investigative journalism, and includes writing by some of the … More

Born OTD in 1903, English novelist and essayist, journalist and critic, Eric Arthur Blair, AKA George Orwell. George Orwell wrote, in his words, from ‘a desire to see things as they are’. This new collection of his journalism and other writings, including articles, essays, broadcasts, poems, book and film reviews from across his career, shows his unmatched genius for observing the world. Whether discussing Polish immigration or Scottish independence, railing against racism, defending the English language or holding an imaginary conversation with Jonathan Swift, these pieces reveal a clear-eyed, entertaining and eternally relevant chronicler of his age.

Edited with an introduction by Peter Davison ‘Orwell’s luminous gift was for seeing things, for noticing what others missed, took … More

Born OTD in 1859, American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform, John Dewey. More than six decades after John Dewey’s death, his political philosophy is undergoing a revival. With renewed interest in pragmatism and its implications for democracy in an age of mass communication, bureaucracy, and ever-increasing social complexities.

Dewey’s The Public and Its Problems, first published in 1927, remains vital to any discussion of today’s political issues. This … More

Born OTD in 1939, Australian journalist & documentary filmmaker, John Pilger. Pilger is a strong critic of American, Australian and British foreign policy, which he considers to be driven by an imperialist agenda. Pilger has also criticised his native country’s treatment of Indigenous Australians.

Tell Me No Lies is a celebration of the very best investigative journalism, and includes writing by some of the … More

In recent years, the West has seen a rising tide of populist & anti-political feeling. Figures like Trump & Farage have gained power by distancing themselves from “the establishment” & portraying politics itself as the enemy of the people. And it’s not just them – increasingly, the media & politicians of all stripes hurl the word “ideological” as an insult, tie themselves in knots to avoid mentioning “the working class,” & champion the “depoliticising of key decision-making.”

In this book, Eliane Glaser – one of the early commentators to call attention to this new wave of populism … More

Do you trust the liberal media? While the tabloid & right-wing press – the Sun, The Times, the Mail & the Express – are constantly criticised for dangerous bias, outlets like the BBC & the Guardian are trusted by their readers to report in the interests of the public. However, the reality is that all corporate media is systematically filtered by the powerful interests that own, manage and fund it. Propaganda Blitz shows that the corporate media does not just ‘spin’ the news – it fundamentally distorts everything it touches, hiding the real issues from public view, and often completely reversing the truth.

This book uncovers a storm of top-down campaigns behind war reporting from Iraq, Syria and Palestine, as well as the … More