The twenty-five most important academic books to me from 2013

Some of my books of the yearNot ordered, not comprehensive, and I’m sure I’ve forgotten some – and of course there are those I’ve not yet read or am unaware of… These are all academic books published in 2013, not drawn from all the books I read in the year, and the list of novels read will follow.

  1. Jacques Derrida, The Death Penalty, Volume I , translated by Peggy Kamuf (and see my comments here)
  2. Michel Foucault, La société punitive, edited by Bernard E. Harcourt (see my initial thoughts here and here; review to follow in 2014)
  3. David Harvey, A Companion to Marx’s Capital, Volume II (see here)
  4. Louise Amoore, The Politics of Possibility: Risk and Security Beyond Probability
  5. Andrew Barry, Material Politics: Disputes Along the Pipeline
  6. Bradley L. Garrett, Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City
  7. David Farrell Krell, Derrida and our Animal Others (see here)
  8. Shiloh Krupar, Hot Spotter’s Report (and see my interview with Shiloh here)
  9. Laurence Hemming, Heidegger and Marx (which I endorsed)
  10. John Protevi, Life, War, Earth: Deleuze and the Sciences (as I did this too)
  11. Mark Purcell, The Down-Deep Delight of Democracy (see my review here)
  12. Maha Samman, Trans-Colonial Urban Space in Palestine (see my review here)
  13. Michael Dillon, Deconstructing International Politics
  14. Warren Montag, Althusser and his Contemporaries
  15. Mark Blyth, Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea
  16. Grégoire Chamayou, Théorie du drone
  17. Marcelo Hoffmann, Foucault and Power (which I endorsed)
  18. Peter Sloterdijk, In the World Interior of Capital, translated by Wieland Hoban (which I also endorsed)
  19. Immanuel Kant, Natural Science, edited by Eric Watkins (review here)
  20. Andrew McGettigan, The Great University Gamble
  21. Eric Hazan, La Barricade, histoire d’un objet révolutionnaire
  22. Christopher Falzon, Timothy O’Leary and Jana Sawicki (eds.) A Companion to Foucault (see my review here)
  23. Charlotte Heath-Kelly, Politics of Violence: Militancy, International Politics, Killing in the Name
  24. Peter Adey, Mark Whitehead and Alison Williams (eds.), From Above: War, Violence and Verticality (which I endorsed, though I’ve not seen the print version yet)
  25. Colin Koopman, Genealogy as Critique: Foucault and the Problems of Modernity – I disagree with lots of this, some fundamentally, but it’s a really important statement.

[Update: these are the ones I'm looking forward to in 2014]

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12 Responses to The twenty-five most important academic books to me from 2013

  1. Reblogged this on rhulgeopolitics and commented:
    Stuart Elden’s top 25 books of 2013.

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  5. richardjbower says:

    Have you always read such vast quantities of books? Looking at your reading list of both academic and fiction texts is astonishing. Whilst I am always trying to read more, I am increasingly doubtful I will ever get to your level of achievement. Still it’s always good to have something to strive towards.

    • stuartelden says:

      I made a resolution a few years ago to read more fiction, and now try to read at the beginning and end of every day. I also read a lot when on holiday or travelling. As for academic books, that’s a crucial part of the job. I don’t keep a list of all academic books read each year, but perhaps I should.

  6. Mark Purcell says:

    Reblogged this on Path to the Possible and commented:
    From Stuart Elden, who was nice enough to include my book.

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