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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