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"A radical, exciting response to Amazonian hegemony." —Dazed “A great, exciting project!” —Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing “Over the last five years, Oakes and co-founder Colin Robinson have turned OR into one of the most original publishers in the US.” —Jonathon Sturgeon, Flavorwire “A publisher of dissident voices.” —David Richter, Book Culture

OR Books is a new type of publishing company. It embraces progressive change in politics, culture and the way we do business. Our list is highly selective: we publish just one or two books a month, combining established authors with new discoveries. Our editorial standards are fastidious; our design clear and elegant. We employ exciting promotion with highly creative use of video and the Internet. To avoid the waste of unsold stock and returns, we produce our books only when they are wanted, either through print-on-demand or as platform-agnostic e-books. This system allows a rapid publishing turnaround so relevant books can intervene quickly in issues of the day. Most importantly, we sell direct to you, the customer, shipping promptly when a book is released and/or your order is received. Our approach jettisons the inefficiencies of conventional publishing to better serve readers, writers and the environment. It points to a new future for book publishing. We hope you will join with us.

Practicing Behind Bars
11/08/2019
Practicing Behind Bars

Practicing Behind Bars

Cuong Lu’s book, The Buddha in Jail, is a collection of 52 stories and vignettes from his experiences working as a prison chaplain. The stories are meant to broaden our perspectives, not just…

“If there is one takeaway from these shared experiences in truth-telling and courage, it is a note of extreme caution:...
11/07/2019

“If there is one takeaway from these shared experiences in truth-telling and courage, it is a note of extreme caution: never doubt the mendacity and cruelty of the state. It will make pariahs and outcasts out of those who will someday be recognized as heroes.” –Michael Ratner

IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE: https://www.orbooks.com/catalog/in-defense-of-julian-assange/

"Matt Taibbi’s HATE INC. is the most insightful and revelatory book about American politics to appear since the public...
11/06/2019
Manufacturing Fear and Loathing, Maximizing Corporate Profits! A Review of Matt Taibbi's Hate Inc.: Why Today’s Media Makes Us Despise One Another | naked capitalism

"Matt Taibbi’s HATE INC. is the most insightful and revelatory book about American politics to appear since the publication of Thomas Frank’s Listen, Liberal almost four full years ago," –Naked Capitalism

Matt Taibbi's must-read new book Hate Inc. describes how the media stokes fake conflicts to prevent consideration of real issues.

"Exhausted by online arguments about rock and roll? Perhaps you’d like to start winning a few of them. Seth Kaufman’...
11/05/2019
Wings To The Mind

"Exhausted by online arguments about rock and roll? Perhaps you’d like to start winning a few of them. Seth Kaufman’s book will give you some ammunition but more importantly, it might get you thinking about what you mean when you say ‘Stones’ or ‘Billy Joel is terrible’ or, even more daringly, ‘Rush sucks’.” –On Books On Music on METAPHYSICAL GRAFFITI

Metaphysical Graffiti: Rock’s Most Mind Bending Questions by Seth Kaufman, OR Books, 2019 Seth Kaufman’s Metaphysical Graffiti poses some important questions in the first few chapters: 1. The…

11/05/2019

Luke O'Neil in conversation with Glenn Raucher after Monday's event at PageTurners Reading Series DeKalb Market Hall

Thank you, Brooklyn! A GREAT showing for Luke O'Neil at DeKalb Market Hall's Pageturners reading series. Luke before the...
11/05/2019

Thank you, Brooklyn! A GREAT showing for Luke O'Neil at DeKalb Market Hall's Pageturners reading series. Luke before the event, deep in thought (and Jameson's)...

BROOKLYN! TONIGHT!
11/04/2019

BROOKLYN! TONIGHT!

"What’s inside the mind? What’s outside? What is the difference, if any, between subjects and objects? These are the...
11/01/2019
Consciousness: Just Two Guys Talking

"What’s inside the mind? What’s outside? What is the difference, if any, between subjects and objects? These are the familiar questions raised in DIALOGUES ON CONSCIOUSNESS. Manzotti and Parks want to wake up the sleeper cells of dogmatism that may have been snoring since the undergraduate years, in order to accompany the pair as they discuss Externalism." —CounterPunch

Pre-order DIALOGUES ON CONSCIOUSNESS: https://www.orbooks.com/catalog/dialogues-on-consciousness/

In fact it seems to me quite possible that the 1960s represented the last burst of the human being before he was extinguished. That this is the beginning of the

Check out this article by Ariel Dorfman, a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Literature at Duke University, and author...
11/01/2019
The Liar’s Truth

Check out this article by Ariel Dorfman, a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Literature at Duke University, and author of the forthcoming novel CAUTIVOS (now available for pre-order) in The New York Review of Books:

On May 5, 2005, Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero journeyed to Mauthausen, a small Austrian town picturesquely situated on the Danube. A solemn task awaited him: commemorating the sixtieth anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp on the hill above the town whe...

"O’Neil’s writing is full of indictments of people in power....Despite the brutal rhetorical approach, O’Neil’s ...
10/31/2019
Visions of the World as a Brutal Dystopia

"O’Neil’s writing is full of indictments of people in power....Despite the brutal rhetorical approach, O’Neil’s writing is both humane and full of humans — real people whose lives are torn apart by bad policy. And ultimately his words help us see the grim realities around us a little more clearly."

Author Luke O'Neil will read passages from his brutal new book Welcome to Hell World, a text that starkly explores grim current events in the United States.

Read an excerpt from ABOLISH ICE by Natascha Uhlmann on Evergreen Review's website!
10/31/2019
Abolish ICE – Evergreen Review

Read an excerpt from ABOLISH ICE by Natascha Uhlmann on Evergreen Review's website!

Towel ("POLICE ICE"), 2017, Paul Chan.Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali Gallery.48”H x 35 ½”W x 3 ½”DAcrylic and archival inkjet on canvas

"FROM 'A WORLD NOVELIST OF THE FIRST ORDER'" —Washington Post Check out CAUTIVOS, a major new work of fiction about co...
10/30/2019
Cautivos by Ariel Dorfman | OR Books

"FROM 'A WORLD NOVELIST OF THE FIRST ORDER'" —Washington Post

Check out CAUTIVOS, a major new work of fiction about confinement--both of mind and body--from Ariel Dorfman, who has been called "one of the most important voices coming out of Latin America."

In CAUTIVOS, we are witness to the birth of the spirit of Don Quixote de la Mancha: an honorable if doomed figure whose travails mirror those of Miguel de Cervantes himself. Few writers have written more lovingly about their subjects than Cervantes wrote about his Quixote, and few are better positio...

10/30/2019
10/29/2019
What’s Wrong with the Media

"Matt Taibbi’s latest book is a no-holds-barred takedown of what the media have become in the era of Donald Trump." –The Progressive Magazine on Taibbi's HATE INC.

Check out the whole review here:

Matt Taibbi’s latest book is a no-holds-barred takedown of what the media have become in the era of Donald Trump.

Listen to Margaret Kunstler, author of IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE, and former British ambassador Craig Murray, who con...
10/29/2019
Julian Assange: Countdown to Freedom, Continues

Listen to Margaret Kunstler, author of IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE, and former British ambassador Craig Murray, who contributed to the book, on this episode of KPFA Radio's Flashpoint:

Today on Flashpoints: We continue with our multi year series, Julian Assange; Countdown to Freedom, with Randy Credico, of Live on The Fly. Today we are joined by former British Ambassador, Craig M…

"I was deeply shaken while witnessing yesterday’s events in Westminster Magistrates Court. Every decision was railroad...
10/28/2019
In Defense of Julian Assange - Edited by Tariq Ali & Margaret Kunstler | OR Books

"I was deeply shaken while witnessing yesterday’s events in Westminster Magistrates Court. Every decision was railroaded through over the scarcely heard arguments and objections of Assange’s legal team, by a magistrate who barely pretended to be listening." –Craig Murray, an eyewitness of Julian Assange's recent appearance in a London magistrate's court

IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE:

It is critical now to build support for Assange and prevent his delivery into the hands of the Trump administration. That is the urgent purpose of this book. A wide range of distinguished contributors, many of them in original pieces, here set out the story of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, the impor...

“Taibbi aims a cannon, blistering an American media industry he accuses of taking sides and manipulating the audience ...
10/25/2019
HATE INC : Why Today's Media Makes us Despise One Another

“Taibbi aims a cannon, blistering an American media industry he accuses of taking sides and manipulating the audience for profit — ‘different news’ elevated to a business model.” —The Washington Post Magazine

Read more about how today's media makes us hate each other in Matt Taibbi's HATE INC.:

In this characteristically turbocharged new book, HATE INC., celebrated Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi provides an insider’s guide to the variety of ways today’s mainstream media tells us lies. Part tirade, part confessional, it reveals that what most people think of as “the news” is, ...

"You cannot trust what you read or hear in the news—and I don’t mean in the 'fake news' sense, which is a term that ...
10/25/2019
Welcome to Hell World: Book Excerpt

"You cannot trust what you read or hear in the news—and I don’t mean in the 'fake news' sense, which is a term that has come to mean anything insufficiently obeisant to our current president. Even when you are reading a reliably factual accounting of the day’s events, the people presenting the news to you are lying." –Luke O'Neil, author of WELCOME TO HELL WORLD

Check out an excerpt from WELCOME TO HELL WORLD on Observer here:

As exhausting as it can be reading the traditionally neutered news model—that we all constantly complain about online now—it’s even worse having to write it.

In what Norman G. Finkelstein calls his most important book, he turns his attention to the International Criminal Court....
10/24/2019
I ACCUSE! by Norman Finkelstein | OR Books

In what Norman G. Finkelstein calls his most important book, he turns his attention to the International Criminal Court. Specifically, parsing the work of ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, demonstrating how she defiled her office by refusing to investigate credible allegations of Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Check out I ACCUSE:

I ACCUSE! is finely-honed indictment by a writer widely acknowledged for his forensic skills is directed at Fatou Bensouda, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. It sets out how she defiled her office by refusing to investigate credible allegations of Israeli criminality.

NYC: join us at Dekalb Stage's "The Nook" on November 4th at 7 PM to listen to Luke O'Neil, author of WELCOME TO HELL WO...
10/23/2019

NYC: join us at Dekalb Stage's "The Nook" on November 4th at 7 PM to listen to Luke O'Neil, author of WELCOME TO HELL WORLD, described by Hamish McKenzie as "What it looks like when a gifted writer finds his voice," and lovingly described as "The Left's new low" by Tucker Carlson!

Vivid account of the massive US/UK assault on one man--held in isolation 23 hours/day, without trial, without conviction...
10/22/2019
Assange in Court - Craig Murray

Vivid account of the massive US/UK assault on one man--held in isolation 23 hours/day, without trial, without conviction, for the crime of being a publisher.

https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2019/10/assange-in-court/amp/?

I was deeply shaken while witnessing yesterday’s events in Westminster Magistrates Court. Every decision was railroaded through over the scarcely heard arguments and objections of Assange’s legal team, by a magistrate who barely pretended to be listening. Before I get on to the blatant lack of f...

10/21/2019

TONIGHT! If you're in NYC and keen to start the week right, join us to celebrate Amy Sohn and her new book CBD! at Dekalb Stage

Amy Sohn (C B D !) at PageTurners Reading Series

Check out "Who Owns The World?", the fifth conference on platform cooperativism, November 7-9, 2019 at The New School: 1...
10/20/2019
Who Owns The World? The State of Platform Cooperativism

Check out "Who Owns The World?", the fifth conference on platform cooperativism, November 7-9, 2019 at The New School: 150 speakers from over thirty countries will meet each other, co-design, and learn about a wide range of topics, including: worker power in the platform economy; antitrust; misogyny and racism in co-ops; ecological sustainability; and data sovereignty.

Highlights include Anand Giridharadas, author of WINNERS TAKE ALL, in conversation with Wilma B. Liebman, former chair of the NLRB. Convened by Trebor Scholz (OR author: OURS TO HACK AND TO OWN) and Michael McHugh of Platform Cooperativism Consortium. Register here:

Who Owns the World? The State of Platform Cooperativism November 7-9, 2019 @ The New School in New York City Around the globe, we are starting to build an alternative economy that benefits the many, not just the few. Our passions, research, and projects challenge platform capitalism and chart a more...

"Commercial media has always been sensationalistic. We were never not encouraged to aim content at your outrage center. ...
10/16/2019
Hate Inc. - Public Seminar

"Commercial media has always been sensationalistic. We were never not encouraged to aim content at your outrage center. We were always eyeball-hunting." –Matt Taibbi , HATE INC.

Read the full excerpt from HATE INC. on Public Seminar here:

Commercial media has always been sensationalistic. We were never not encouraged to aim content at your outrage center. We were...Read More

LeftWords Festival of Books and Ideas
10/15/2019
LeftWords Festival of Books and Ideas

LeftWords Festival of Books and Ideas

Read Natascha Uhlmann's article in THE WEEK on her approach on the case to abolish ICE, and check out her new book, "Abolish Ice" (OR Books)

Come see us at The People's Forum book fair right now!
10/12/2019

Come see us at The People's Forum book fair right now!

Nice! MS Magazine picks ABOLISH ICE as an October "Read for the Rest of Us": "Written by Mexican American activist Natas...
10/11/2019
October 2019 Reads for the Rest of Us

Nice! MS Magazine picks ABOLISH ICE as an October "Read for the Rest of Us": "Written by Mexican American activist Natascha Elena Uhlmann, this book is exactly what the title implies: an impassioned call to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). We’ve all heard about the horrific conditions of border camps and detention centers but, Uhlmann argues, improving these conditions is not enough and ICE must be abolished to make long-lasting change for immigrants to the U.S."

As I was choosing the 23 books for this month’s list, one major theme emerged: triumph. I didn’t intend to pick books that centered this theme so strongly, it just happened. But I am so glad it did because I need this fierce inspiration lately. I hope you find some in these like I did.

When Luke O'Neil isn’t angry, he’s asleep. When he’s awake, he gives vent to some of the most heartfelt, political...
10/10/2019
Welcome to Hell World: Dispatches from the American Dystopia | OR Books

When Luke O'Neil isn’t angry, he’s asleep. When he’s awake, he gives vent to some of the most heartfelt, political and anger-fueled prose to power its way to the public sphere since Hunter S. Thompson smashed a typewriter’s keys.

"Unbelievable." —Ben Shapiro

"The Left’s new low." —Tucker Carlson

Check out WELCOME TO HELL WORLD here:

Welcome to Hell World is an unexpurgated selection of Luke O’Neil’s finest rants, near-poetic rhapsodies, and investigatory journalism. Racism, sexism, immigration, unemployment, Marcus Aurelius, opioid addiction, Iraq: all are processed through the O’Neil grinder. He details failings in his o...

Join us on Monday, October 21 at 7:00 PM as PageTurners Reading Series welcomes Amy Sohn, to discuss "CBD!" (Illustrated...
10/09/2019

Join us on Monday, October 21 at 7:00 PM as PageTurners Reading Series welcomes Amy Sohn, to discuss "CBD!" (Illustrated by Eric Hanson)

We're in Brooklyn, at Dekalb Stage's "The Nook", the newest entertainment destination tucked within DeKalb Market Hall, the largest food hall in New York City.

Today's NYT! "In a smart and scathing freewheeling analysis, the Rolling Stone journalist [Matt Taibbi] analyzes politic...
10/08/2019
New & Noteworthy, From Flannery O’Connor to Cigarettes

Today's NYT! "In a smart and scathing freewheeling analysis, the Rolling Stone journalist [Matt Taibbi] analyzes political campaign coverage and other media powder kegs."

A selection of books published this week; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

"Manzotti reconceptualizes what we know in a subtle way and invites us to consider his radically fresh and outrageous pe...
10/07/2019
Dialogues on Consciousness | Riccardo Manzotti &Tim Parks | OR Books

"Manzotti reconceptualizes what we know in a subtle way and invites us to consider his radically fresh and outrageous perspective concerning the place of consciousness in nature." –Paavo Pylkkänen

Check out DIALOGUES ON CONSCIOUSNESS here:
https://www.orbooks.com/catalog/dialogues-on-consciousness/

Fifteen conversations between a celebrated writer and a philosopher/robotics engineer that delve into basic questions surrounding our existence, covering topics such as "Where Are Words?", "The Reality of Dreams," "The Object of Consciousness," and "Does Information Smell?"

OK, Facebook. We're no more paranoid than the next lefty publisher, but what precisely is it about THE BLACK CONSCIOUSNE...
10/07/2019

OK, Facebook. We're no more paranoid than the next lefty publisher, but what precisely is it about THE BLACK CONSCIOUSNESS READER that "may go against [your] policies"!?

Many thanks to powerHouse Arena for hosting us and Amy Sohn to celebrate her new book CBD! Those CBD chokkies were somet...
10/04/2019

Many thanks to powerHouse Arena for hosting us and Amy Sohn to celebrate her new book CBD! Those CBD chokkies were something else.

From Daniel Ellsberg to Edward Snowden to Chelsea Manning, whistleblowers have proven their importance in safeguarding d...
10/02/2019
A Public Service : Whistleblowing, Disclosure and Anonymity | OR Books

From Daniel Ellsberg to Edward Snowden to Chelsea Manning, whistleblowers have proven their importance in safeguarding democracy. But can a whistleblower reveal truths about the government or a corporation without revealing her identity? Digital security expert Tim Schwartz says she can, and in this concise, easy-to-understand handbook, shows us how.

Check out A PUBLIC SERVICE here: https://www.orbooks.com/catalog/a-public-service/

Governments and corporations now have the tools to track and control us as never before. In this whistleblowing how-to, we are provided with tools and techniques to fight back and hold organizations, agencies, and corporations accountable for unethical behavior.

"Finkelstein’s true success in WHAT GANDHI SAYS comes in his comparisons of Gandhi’s writings at different stages of...
10/01/2019
What Gandhi Says - OR Books

"Finkelstein’s true success in WHAT GANDHI SAYS comes in his comparisons of Gandhi’s writings at different stages of his life, the assertions of his odd, farfetched, but consistent views, and the generous explication of what Gandhi meant by non-violence." —The New Inquiry

Check out WHAT GANDHI SAYS here:

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