Demand the Impossible

By Mike Davis

Haymarket Books (October 2012, world English rights)

Saddle-stiched • ISBN-13: 9781608462179 • US $4.95 • 5.5 x 8.5 • 48 pgs.


With wit, humor and a remarkable grasp of the political marginalization of the poor and working class by the 1%, Mike Davis crafts a striking defense of the Occupy Wall Street movement. This inspired pamphlet brilliantly undertakes the most pressing question facing the struggle – what is to be done next?


“Davis’ work is the cruel and perpetual folly of the ruling elites.”

The New York Times

“A rare combination of an author, Rachel Carson and Upton Sinclair all in one.”

Susan Faludi

Praise for City of Quartz:

“A brilliant exegesis on how cities cannot prosper by wealth alone.”

Los Angeles Times

Praise for Late Victorian Holocausts

“Davis has given us a book of substantial contemporary relevance as well as great historical interest … this highly informative book foes well beyond its immediate focus.”

Amartya Sen, New York Times

“Davis, a brilliant maverick scholar, sets the triumph of late-nineteenth-century Western imperialism in the context of the catastrophic El Niño weather patterns at that time. This is groundbreaking, mind-stretching stuff.”

The Independent

“The global climate meets a globalizing political economy, the fundamentals of one clashing with the fundamentalisms of the other. Mike Davis tells the story with zest, anger, and insight.”

Stephen J. Pyne, author of World Fire

“Davis’ range is stunning … He combines political economy, meteorology, and ecology with vivid narratives to create a book that is both a gripping read and a major conceptual achievement. Losts of us talk about writing ‘world history’ and ‘inter-disciplinary history’: here is the genuine article.”

Kenneth Pomeranz, author of The Great Divergence

“Eloquent and passionate, this is a veritable Black Book of liberal capitalism.”

Tariq Ali

Praise for Magical Urbanism:

“Fans of Mike Davis’ slash-and-burn prose and take-no-prisoners credo will not be disappointed.”

Andrew Ross, Bookforum

“Magical Urbanism is a lively, trenchant inquiry into a demographic phenomenon of great importance.”

Times Literary Supplement

“In this short book … Davis brings his characteristic analytical energy, eye for detail and exhaustive research to bear on an important phenomenon that remains mostly unexplored.”

In These Times

Praise for No One is Illegal

“Brilliant, provocative, and exhaustively researched.”

Scott Malcomson, Village Voice Literary Supplement

“Perceptive and rigorous.”

David Montgomery, The Nation


Writer, historian, and activist Mike Davis is the author of more than 20 books and more than 100 book chapters and essays, including In Praise of Barbarians (Haymarket Books). A former meat cutter and long-distance truck driver, Davis has been a fellow at the Getty Institute, was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1998, received the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction in 2007, and is the recipient of the 2020 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize. Davis is Professor (Emeritus) in the Department of Creative Writing at UC Riverside.


In Praise of Barbarians: Essays Against Empire

No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border


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