Books & Catalogue

Freedom Shop does regular book orders throughout the year, mainly through AK Press, Huia Books and Rebel Press. If you think we should stock a certain book or you would like us to order one for you, let us know.

Our current catalogue can be downloaded in PDF format here.



Brief notes on some of the books we stock:

'Undoing Border Imperialism' by Harsha Waila - a book about migration, state control and state violence. In the book Harsha urges people organsing against border imperialism to be aware of the illegal settlement and appropriation of lands throughout time, the book ends with a discussion on decolonisation. More about 'Undoing Border Imperialism' can be read here.
"The precarity of both labor and social organization are intertwined and cyclic: capitalism requires precarious and exploitable workers to facilitate increasing capital accumulation, and creates those precarious lives through hierarchies of systemic oppression along with its coercive extractions of labor and dispossessions from land."
- Harsha Walia, Excerpt from Undoing Border Imperialism


'Maumahara ki tērā Nōema' / 'Remember That November' - a children's book about the story of the invasion of Parihaka on 5th November 1881.
As one young reader said:
The book was in two halves. One was about a man called Guy (who had) fireworks. He tried to blow up the king and his men… Part 2: The government tried to take the Maori land. The government won, but MAORI came back and WIN IT BACK.



Capitalism: A Ghost Story - Arundhati Roy
From the poisoned rivers, barren wells, and clear-cut forests, to the hundreds of thousands of farmers who have committed suicide to escape punishing debt, to the hundreds of millions of people who live on less than two dollars a day, there are ghosts nearly everywhere you look in India. India is a nation of 1.2 billion, but the country’s 100 richest people own assets equivalent to one-fourth of India’s gross domestic product. Capitalism: A Ghost Story examines the dark side of democracy in contemporary India, and shows how the demands of globalized capitalism have subjugated billions of people to the highest and most intense forms of racism and exploitation.


Michael Schmidt's 'Cartography of Revolutionary Anarchism' divides the global history of anarchism into five waves, beginning in Mexico in 1868 and ending at the present. Each chapter begins with a map situating in place the anarcho struggles at the time, the first wave features New Caledonia.
"Part history, part manifesto, Cartography of Revolutionary Anarchism is a succinct and insightful polemic. Michael Schmidt has distilled a vast literature on anarchism to demonstrate that anarchism is a historical movement with deep roots in the working class and continuity into the present. The book is lively, with equal measures of pragmatic judgement and hope; it is plainspoken, powerful, and thoughtful. Activists and scholars interested in anarchism will find here much to contemplate and debate and take to heart."--Mark Leier, author of Bakunin: A Biography



Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion
Ryan Conrad (Editor)
If you missed RyanConrad’s talks when he visited here in late February early March, or if you want to read more about Against Equality – we have the book for $21.00.

If you can't get to the Shop, send us an email at freedomshopaotearoa@gmail.com and you can buy this book, or any other book or product that we stock, online.


The Administration of Fear 

Administration of Fear - Paul Virilio 
We are living under the administration of fear: fear has become an environment, an everyday landscape. There was a time when wars, famines, and epidemics were localized and limited by a certain timeframe. Today, it is the world itself that is limited, saturated, and manipulated, the world itself that seizes us and confines us with a stressful claustrophobia. Stock-market crises, undifferentiated terrorism, lightning pandemics, "professional" suicides.... Fear has become the world we live in.
$18.00





Killing TrayvonsKilling Trayvons: An Anthology of American Violence

Kevin Alexander Gray
Killing Trayvons tracks the case and explores why Trayvon’s name and George Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict symbolized all the grieving, the injustice, the profiling and free passes based on white privilege and police power: the long list of Trayvons known and unknown.
$26.00
 Queering Anarchism
 
Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire - C. B. Daring (Editor)
"The divide is growing between the pro-military, pro-police, marriage-seeking gay and lesbian rights politics we see in the headlines every day and the grassroots racial and economic justice centered queer and trans resistance that fights to end prisons, borders, war and poverty. Queering Anarchism a vital contribution in this moment, providing analysis and strategies for building the queer and trans politics we want and need." —Dean Spade, author of Normal Life 
$27.00


An anthology of Peter Kropotkin's writings: 'Direct Struggle Against Capital'.

Edited by Iain McKay, the book is fully annotated and features an historical introduction, biographical sketch, glossary, bibliography and index.

"The enemy on whom we declare war is capital, and it is against capital that we will direct all our efforts, taking care not to become distracted from our goal by the phony campaigns and arguments of the political parties. The great struggle that we are preparing for is essentially economic, and so it is on the economic terrain that we should focus our activities." —Peter Kropotkin


  Another anthology we have is an Errico Malatesta Reader: 'The Method of Freedom'. The book includes not only some of Malatesta's longer essays, such as "Anarchy" and "Our Program" but also some of his previously untranslated articles.

The book is produced as a stand-alone companion to AK Press' planned ten-volume publication of Malatesta's Complete Works.



Banned during the fascist period in Chile—and still banned in the USA (Disney will sue anyone who publishes it), 'How to Read Donald Duck' is described by the authors as a decolonisation manual'. It is an analysis of the Disney comics and the conservative and reactionary values espoused in the comics.

Ever since 1935, when the League of Nations recognised Mickey Mouse as an International Symbol of Good Will”, Disney has been an outspoken political figure,and one who has always been able to count upon government help.” -Page 20

Originally published in 1918, Sen Katayama's 'The Labor Movement in Japan' documents Japan's dynamic labor struggles and radical political movements in the early 20th century. This updated edition features two additional writings by the author and a new introductory essay that further illuminates the experiences and activities of Japanese working people in action, as well as the lives of other radical actors who helped shape this movement into one of the twentieth century's most fascinating moments of class conflict and revolutionary confrontation.


We have several others books specifically about Taranaki, including 'Ngāti Ruanui: A History', which Huia say is a 'fascinating, at times chilling, and ultimately inspiring' history of the South Taranaki iwi Ngāti Ruanui. The central theme of the book is described as 'the unwavering determination of the Ngāti Ruanui tribe to hold onto their land and their autonomy'.

We also have both volumes of 'Te Tau Ihu o Te Waka: A History of Māori of Nelson and Marlborough' - volume one: 'Te Tangata me te Whenua - The People and the Land' and volume two: 'Te Ara Hou – The New Society'. The first volume, published in 2004, is based on reports written by the authors to background iwi and hapu claims to the Waitangi Tribunal. The second volume was published three years later and looks specifically at the effects of colonisation in the area.

We also have both the Māori and English editions of the NZ Post Māori Language Award winner of 2012 - 'Tōku Reo, Tōku Ohooho : My Language, My Inspiration'. The author, Chris Winitana, says the book "weaves together the many independent threads of action undertaken by a great number of people to ensure the survival of the Māori language. It follows the efforts of Māori from 1972 and the petition for the Māori language to bring our language out of the shadows and into the light."

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