Several new books of interest to social ecologists are out this month:

MB bioEcology or Catastrophe: The Life of Murray Bookchin

by Janet Biehl, from Oxford University Press

The first-ever biography of Murray Bookchin, written by his personal collaborator and copy-editor from 1987-2006. The book discusses the variety of philosophies and movements that Bookchin helped shape, including social ecology, eco-decentralism, eco-anarchism and municipal democracy.

We will feature more information about this book in the coming weeks.

Cover: Civilization: Manifesto for a Democratic Civilization, vol. 1Manifesto for a Democratic Civilization

by Abdullah Öcalan, from New Compass Press

This is the first volume of the definitive work of Abdullah Öcalan, crucial for understanding the Kurdish revolution. These reflections represent the essence of his ideas on society, knowledge, and power. In this work Öcalan outlines a democratic alternative for the Middle East.

Political Ecology: Beyond EnvironmentalismPolitical Ecology, a new book by Dimitri I. Roussopoulos

by Dimitrios I. Roussopoulos, from New Compass Press

Political Ecology, originally published in 1973, explains the history of environmental politics and its prospects for the future. It is now available in a new, expanded edition, which explores how we can channel the aspirations of environmentalism into political alternatives.

pkk bookThe PKK: Coming Down from the Mountains

by Paul White, from Zed Books

Charting the ideological evolution of the PKK, as well as its origins, aims and structure, Paul White provides an authoritative and up-to-date analysis of one of the most important non-state political players in the contemporary Middle East. Describes how the PKK came to embrace a non-violent end to the conflict with Turkey and adopt a program of democratic autonomy, inspired in party by social ecology.