100 (more or less) left-wing books

December 13, 2018


Here's a list of some good leftist books I've come across over the years. Click on the titles for the PDFs. It's a somewhat arbitrary list, but I tried to keep it confined to fairly easy-to-read books, not overly theoretical or abstruse ones that might leave the beginning reader bewildered. I've been unable to find PDFs of certain excellent works, unfortunately. You can also consult the Marxists.org website, a treasure trove. Or check out the extraordinary footnotes to Chomsky's Understanding Power, which have informative excerpts from hundreds of books.


Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness


Gar Alperovitz, What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk about the Next American Revolution


Mikhail Bakunin, Bakunin on Anarchism


Chris Bambery, The Second World War: A Marxist History


Edward Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism


Paul Baran and Paul Sweezy, Monopoly Capital: An Essay on the American Economic and Social Order


Charles Beard, An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United States


Walden Bello, The Food Wars


Alexander Berkman, ABC of Anarchism


Douglas Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II


William Blum, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II


Terry Bouton, Taming Democracy: "The People," The Founders, and the Troubled Ending of the American Revolution


Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis, Schooling in Capitalist America: Educational Reform and the Contradictions of Economic Life


Harry Braverman, Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century


Jeremy Brecher, Strike! 


Aaron Brenner et al., eds., Rebel Rank and File: Labor Militancy and Revolt from Below during the Long 1970s


Robert Brenner, The Economics of Global Turbulence


Anthony Brewer, Marxist Theories of Imperialism: A Critical Survey


Nikolai Bukharin, Imperialism and World Economy


Alex Carey, Taking the Risk out of Democracy: Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty


Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism


Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power


Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy


Noam Chomsky, Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance


Noam Chomsky, Chomsky on Anarchism


Michael Chossudovsky, The Globalization of Poverty and the New World Order


Mike Davis, Prisoners of the American Dream: Politics and Economy in the History of the U.S. Working Class


Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World


Mike Davis, Planet of Slums


G. William Domhoff, Who Rules America? The Triumph of the Corporate Rich


Melvyn Dubofsky and Joseph McCartin, Labor in America: A History 


Norman Finkelstein, The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering


John Bellamy Foster, Naked Imperialism: The U.S. Pursuit of Global Dominance


John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff, The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences


Steve Fraser and Gary Gerstle, Ruling America: A History of Wealth and Power in a Democracy


Eduardo Galeano, Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent


Amy Goodman and David Goodman, The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing America's War Profiteers, the Media that Love Them and the Crackdown on Our Rights


David Graeber, Debt: The First 5,000 Years


Daniel Guerin, Fascism and Big Business


Daniel Guerin, Anarchism: From Theory to Practice


Daniel Guerin, ed., No Gods, No Masters: An Anthology of Anarchism


Robin Hahnel, The ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach


Chris Harman, A People's History of the World


Chris Harman, The Fire Last Time: 1968 and After


Michael Harrington, The Other America: Poverty in the United States


David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism


David Harvey, The Enigma of Capital, and the Crises of Capitalism


Doug Henwood, Wall Street: How It Works and for Whom


Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media


Edward Herman and David Peterson, The Politics of Genocide


Christopher Hill, The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas during the English Revolution


The Invisible Committee, The Coming Insurrection


C. L. R. James, The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution


Jean Jaures, A Socialist History of the French Revolution


Karl Kautsky, Communism in Central Europe in the Time of the Reformation


Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism


Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate


Gabriel Kolko, The Triumph of Conservatism: A Reinterpretation of American History, 1900-1916


Peter Kropotkin, The Conquest of Bread


Peter Kropotkin, The State: Its Historic Role


Georges Lefebvre, The French Revolution: From Its Origins to 1793


Jesse Lemisch, On Active Service in War and Peace: Politics and Ideology in the American Historical Profession


Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker, The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic


Georg Lukacs, The Destruction of Reason


Staughton Lynd and Daniel Gross, Labor Law for the Rank and Filer: Building Solidarity while Staying Clear of the Law


Fred Magdoff and Michael Yates, The ABCs of the Economic Crisis: What Working People Need to Know


Errico Malatesta, At The Cafe: Conversations on Anarchism


Ernest Mandel, Late Capitalism


Ernest Mandel, Marxist Economic Theory


Ernest Mandel, The Meaning of the Second World War


Michael Mandel, How America Gets Away With Murder: Illegal Wars, Collateral Damage and Crimes Against Humanity


Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The German Ideology


Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Marx-Engels Reader


Alfred McCoy, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power


David McNally, Global Slump: The Economics and Politics of Crisis and Resistance


Ralph Miliband, Marxism and Politics


Ralph Miliband, The State in Capitalist Society


David Montgomery, Workers' Control in America: Studies in the History  of Work, Technology, and Labor Struggles


Ralph Nader, The Ralph Nader Reader


Kwame Nkrumah, Neo-Colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism


David Noble, Progress Without People: New Technology, Unemployment, and the Message of Resistance


George Novack, Empiricism and Its Evolution: A Marxist View


Michael Parenti, Democracy for the Few


John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man


Kim Phillips-Fein, Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan


Thomas Piketty, Capital in the Twenty-First Century


Frances Fox Piven and Richard A. Cloward, Poor People's Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail


Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time


Rudolf Rocker, Anarcho-Syndicalism


Walter Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa


Richard L. Rubenstein, The Cunning of History: The Holocaust and the American Future


David F. Schmitz, Thank God They're on Our Side: The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1921-1965


Lance Selfa, The Democrats: A Critical History


G. E. M. de Ste. Croix, The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World


Sharon Smith, Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States


Studs Terkel, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do


Eric Williams, Capitalism and Slavery


Ellen Meiksins Wood, The Origin of Capitalism: A Longer View


Chris Wright, Worker Cooperatives and Revolution: History and Possibilities in the United States


Howard Zinn, The Politics of History


Howard Zinn, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train


Howard Zinn, A People's History of the United States


Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove, eds., Voices of a People's History of the United States

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