On this site, we occasionally syndicate blog posts by London writer Owen Hatherley, who pens “Sit Down Man, You’re a Bloody Tragedy.” His best posts combine analysis, wit, and polemics into forceful writing on the deployment of design—Modernism in the UK in particular—toward social and political ends that range from utopian Socialism to Thatcherist commerce.

The British imprint Zero Books has just published “Militant Modernism,” Hatherley’s first book. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I’m looking forward to finding out if the author can carry over the energy of his short-form pieces—on, say, Brutalist civic buildings—to a book-length work.