Book Recommendations

the five books everyone should read:

Killing Hope by William Blum

an accessible breakdown of CIA and US military interventions since WW2, organized by country

Blackshirts and Reds by Michael Parenti

A fantastic, short examination of the Soviet Union, fascism, capitalism, and other topics

Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat by J. Sakai

A scathing polemic on labor aristocracy and white supremacy in the US

Is The Red Flag Flying? by Albert Szymanski

A response to the Maoist and Trotskyist critiques of the USSR, gives an excellent analysis of the Soviet Union, its trade relations, and dismantles the idea that it was an imperialist power. Its main flaw is that it doesn’t include an analysis of the illegal, parasitic second economy. Somewhat rare, definitely worth buying.

Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union by Keeran and Kennan

Fills in the holes left by Is The Red Flag Flying and gives an excellent rundown of the factors that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Other books I like

Farm to Factory by Robert C Allen

In Theory by Aijaz Ahmad

Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The Origin and Direction of the FARC-EP by James Brittain

Labor’s Untold Story by Richard Boyer

Ecology of Fear by Mike Davis

Late Victorian Holocausts by Mike Davis

Planet of Slums by Mike Davis

Custer Died For Your Sins by Vine Deloria Jr

Why Marx Was Right by Terry Eagleton

The Young Lords: A Reader edited by Darrel Enck-Wanzer

Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Marx’s Capital by Ben Fine and Alfred Saad-Filho

Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine

The Ecological Rift by John Bellamy Foster

ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian Age by Andre Gunder Frank

Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano

Battle for China’s Past by Mobo Gao

ABCs of Political Economy by Robin Hahnel

A Brief History of Neoliberalism by David Harvey

Companion to Marx’s Capital by David Harvey

Limits to Capital by David Harvey

The Condition of Postmodernity by David Harvey

The Enigma of Capital by David Harvey

Fanshen by William Hinton

The Great Reversal by William Hinton

Superimperialism by Michael Hudson

They Shall Not Pass by Dolores Ibarruri

The Gender Knot by Allan Johnson

The Failure of Capitalist Production by Andrew Kliman

It’s Me, Eddie by Eduard Liminov

Mao’s China and After by Maurice Meisner

Sun and Steel by Yukio Mishima

Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas by David Montejano

This Bridge Called My Back edited by Moraga and Anzaldua

The Huey P Newton Reader

To Kill A Nation by Michael Parenti

The Darker Nations by Vijay Prashad

Lawn People: How Grasses, Weeds, and Chemicals Make Us Who We Are by Paul Robbins

Anti-Capitalism: A Marxist Introduction edited by Alfred Saad-Filho

Human Rights in the Soviet Union by Albert Szymanski

Class Struggle in Socialist Poland by Albert Szymanski

Wages of Destruction by Adam Tooze

Fraud, Famine, and Fascism by Douglas Tottle


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