From HSRC Press

Assata: The FBI’s most wanted woman

Author:    Assata Shakur
Pub month & year: September 2014
ISBN (soft cover): 978-0-9922-0858-5
Publisher:    Best Red
Format:    198 x 130 mm
Extent:    416 pages
Price:    R280.00
Rights:    Southern African rights
In 2013, Assata Shakur – founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur – became the first ever woman to make the FBI’s most wanted terrorist list. Assata Shakur’s trial and conviction for the murder of a white state trooper in the Spring of 1973 divided America. Her case quickly became emblematic of race relations and police brutality in the USA. While Assata’s detractors continue to label her a ruthless killer, her defenders cite her as the victim of a systematic, racist campaign to criminalise and suppress black nationalist organisations.

This intensely personal and political account reveals a sensitive and gifted woman, far from the fearsome image of her that is projected by the powers that be. With wit and candor, Assata recounts the formative experiences that led her to embrace a life of activism. With pained awareness she portrays the strengths, weaknesses and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hands of the state.

Drinking with Ghosts: Revisiting Apartheid’s Dirty War

Author:    Michael Schmidt
Pub month & year:  November 2014
ISBN (soft cover):  978-1-9282-4600-8
Publisher:    Best Red
Format:    216 x 138 mm
Extent:    320 pages
Price:    R280.00
Rights:    World rights
Drinking with Ghosts: Revisiting Apartheid’s Dirty War is a fascinating exploration of the dark corners of South Africa’s past by a veteran journalist. Michael Schmidt’s revelations move from South Africa’s nuclear programme under apartheid to the problems of today’s deeply unequal society, tracing the threads of secrecy, privilege and the violence that is needed to maintain it. The book is also a testament to Schmidt’s career as a journalist: his dedicated and uncompromising quest to uncover the truth of what he finds shines through on every page.

Drinking with Ghosts illuminates both past and present and is an invaluable contribution to understanding what South Africa is today. It is also written with verve and passion and is an unputdownable read. – Hamilton Wende

Now this is real journalism. Informative, authoritative, properly contextualised, exceptionally well written. Schmidt is a great storyteller with a keen eye for detail. The best ‘reporter’s notebook’ I’ve ever read. – Max du Preez, author of Pale Native

Capitalism and Its Alternatives

Author:    Chris Rogers
Pub month & year: September 2014
ISBN (soft cover): 978-0-9922-0857-8
Publisher:    Best Red
Format:    216 x 138 mm
Extent:    192 pages
Price:    R190.00
Rights:    Southern African rights

The global economic crisis has catalysed debates about the merits of capitalism as a system for organising production, distribution and exchange. Capitalism, political elites have argued, is not a fundamentally pernicious or crisis-prone system, and it can be successfully reformed if the right set of policies is found. Conversely, many have argued that a wholesale change of attitude towards the status and creation of wealth in contemporary society is required if crises of this kind are to be prevented in the future.

In Capitalism and Its Alternatives, Chris Rogers provides a critical introduction to theories of

capitalism and to the forms of its crises in historical and contemporary contexts, as well as reflects on the practice of anti-capitalism and the ways that economic and social relations are shaped, reshaped and resisted. Crucially, the book puts forward two key questions: What alternatives to capitalism exist? And by what processes and through what institutions might they be achieved?

Rogue state: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower
Author:    William Blum
Pub month & year: September 2014
ISBN (soft cover): 978-0-9922-0859-2
Publisher:    Best Red
Format:    216 x 138 mm
Extent:    352 pages
Price:    R260.00
Rights:    South African rights
‘This is not a book for anyone who wishes to maintain any cosy illusions about their own liberty – let alone the liberty of anyone in any country to whose domestic policy the United States government takes exception... We find in these pages, meticulously detailed and annotated, all the instances of assassination, covert and overt destabalisation, election-rigging, sponsorship of terrorism, secret surveillance, brainwashing and provocation that the US has employed to further its burgeoning corporate empire (otherwise known as the “new world order”)...

After reading Rogue State, it is impossible to hang fast to the comforting illusion that the “American way” is some kind of enlightenment.’ – Will Self

Rogue State and its author came to sudden international attention when Osama Bin Laden quoted the book publicly in January 2006, propelling the book to the top of the bestseller charts in a matter of hours. It is an essential guide to the crimes and misdemeanours of the world’s only superpower.