For reasons too various to name, the Current Affairs offices tend to become littered with new and used books. Sometimes these are sent to us against our will, sometimes we purchase them and later regret it. And while we naturally enjoy being surrounded by ceiling-high towers of books, the stacks have lately become increasingly precarious. Should there be an avalanche, the consequences could be most unfortunate, especially for some of the more frangible interns.


Thus, Current Affairs is pleased to announce our First Annual Summertime Book Promotional Giveaway! Effective immediately, all those who purchase a subscription to the magazine’s print edition will be sent a FREE book of their choice from the Current Affairs Book Registry. Note: to be eligible, one must have purchased a subscription after July 14th. 

It even gets somewhat better! Anyone who springs for a High-Income subscription will not only receive a book from the Registry, but will receive a brand-new first-edition copy of our new Current Affairs spin-off book, Superpredator: Bill Clinton’s Use and Abuse of Black America. That copy will be signed by the author and personally inscribed with the amusing message of your choice.

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Here’s how the promotional works. Simply sign up for a subscription, look at the books list (located below), then email [email protected] with your choice. If you remember, please include a second choice in case your first has been claimed.

The Only Somewhat Convoluted Guide to Book Conditions:

* = used, excellent condition

** = used, perfectly decent condition

† = hardcover

(Thus if a book is followed by no symbols, it is a new paperback. “**” for a hardcover generally just means it is missing a dust jacket.)

  • Paul Avrich – The Russian Anarchists **†
  • Miguel de Cervantes – Don Quixote *†
  • Noam Chomsky – Language and Politics *†
  • Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman – Manufacturing Consent *
  • Charles Dickens – Bleak House **†
  • Andrea Dworkin – Letters from a War Zone **†
  • Terry Eagleton – Literary Theory **
  • Umberto Eco – How To Travel With A Salmon and Other Essays **†
  • Edward Fawcett – Hartmann the Anarchist
  • Stanley Fish – Doing What Comes Naturally: Change, Rhetoric, and the Practice of Theory in Literary and Legal Studies *
  • Michel Foucault – Madness & Civilization *** (somewhat appalling condition though nevertheless readable)
  • Alice Goffman – On The Run: Fugitive Life in An American City
  • Hendrik Hertzberg – Politics: Observations and Arguments 1966-2004 *†
  • Wang Hui – China’s Twentieth Century
  • Lawrence Lessig – Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress *†
  • A.J. Liebling – The Most of A.J. Liebling *†
  • Edward Klein – Unlikeable: The Problem With Hillary
  • Andreas Malm – Fossil Capital: The Rise of Steam Power and the Roots of Global Warming
  • Oscar Martinez – A History of Violence: Living and Dying in Central America
  • Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels – The Marx/Engels Reader **
  • Yates McKee – Strike Art: Contemporary Art and the Post-Occupy Condition
  • Rigoberta Menchu – I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala **
  • Ralph Nader – The Ralph Nader Reader *
  • Friedrich Nietzsche – The Viking Portable Nietzsche **
  • George Orwell – Homage to Catalonia **
  • Thomas Paine – Selected Writings **†
  • Leigh Phillips – Austerity Ecology and the Collapse-Porn Addicts
  • Joao Quartim – Dictatorship and Armed Struggle in Brazil **†
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau – Confessions †*
  • Jean-Paul Sartre – Anti-Semite and Jew **†
  • Helene & Marshall Shapo – Law School Without Fear
  • Jeff Smith – Mr. Smith Goes To Prison: What My Year Behind Bars Taught Me About America’s Prison Crisis *†
  • Roger Stone and Robert Morrow – The Clintons’ War on Women 
  • William Styron – The Confessions of Nat Turner **†
  • Leo Tolstoy – The Death of Ivan lllich *
  • William Julius Wilson – When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor **†
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein – Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
  • PG Wodehouse – Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit *
  • Cornel West – Prophecy Deliverance! An African-American Revolutionary Christianity **
  • James Q. Whitman – Harsh Justice: Criminal Justice and the Widening Divide Between America and Europe *
  • Tsering Woeser – Tibet on Fire
  • Naomi Wolf – Fire With Fire: The New Female Power and How it Will Change the 21st Century **†
  • Robert Paul Wolff – In Defense of Anarchism **
  • Gordon S. Wood – The Radicalism of the American Revolution **†
  • George Woodcock & Ivan Avakumovic – Peter Kropotkin: From Prince to Rebel *†
  • Daniel Zamora and Michael C. Behrent – Foucault and Neoliberalism

A book’s presence on the list is neither an endorsement nor a disavowal of its substantive contents and theses.