A Reading List for Future Radicals: Cumulative List of Books


A few weeks ago, I asked some of my favorite journalists, activists and academics to help me compile a list of books that would help the next generation of radicals become better observers, storytellers, and thinkers. Below, you’ll find the respondents’ cumulative list of books, sorted by Author. The original curated list can be found here.

Books (sorted by Author) Recommended by:
§ A §
Abbie Hoffman(1968) – Revolution for the Hell of It Stephen Duncombe
Adorno, Theodor W. (1951) – Minima Moralia: Reflections From Damaged Life Enrico Donaggio
Adorno, Theodor W. (1966) – Negative Dialectics John Holloway
Adorno, Theodor W. – The Culture Industry John Hutnyk
Ahmad, Aijaz (2007) – In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures John Hutnyk
Allen, Theodore (1994) – The Invention of the White Race Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Arendt, Hannah (1951) – Origins of Totalitarianism Ariella Azoulay
Arendt, Hannah (1958) – The Human Condition Ariella Azoulay
§ B §
Bailey, Michael; Freedman, Des (eds.) (2011) – The Assault on Universities: A Manifesto for Resistance Nina Power
Bakhtin, Mikhail (1965) – Rabelais and His World Mike Davis
Ballard, James G. (2003) – Millenium People  Matteo Pasquinelli
Bataille, George (1949) – The Accursed Share John Hutnyk
Bateson, Gregory (1972) – Steps to an ecology of mind  Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi
Beck, Ulrich; Grande, Edgar (2007) – Cosmopolitan Europe LOOP Magazine
Becker, Konrad (2009) – Strategic Reality Dictionary. Deep Infopolitics and Cultural Intelligence Felix Stalder
Beller, Jonathan (2006) – The Cinematic Mode of Production John Hutnyk
Benjamin, Walter(1940) – On the Concept of History Esther Leslie
Benjamin, Walter(1969) – Illuminations Ariella Azoulay
Bhaduri, Amit; Nayyar, Deepak (1996) – Intelligent person’s guide to liberalization Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Bloch, Ernst (1947) – The Principle of Hope John Holloway
Bookchin, Murray  (1989) – Remaking Society Ann Ferguson
Bookchin, Murray (1971) – Post-Scarcity Anarchism   David Goodway
Branch, Taylor (1988-2006) – America in the King Years  Bill McKibben
Brecht, Bertolt – Poems, 1913-1956 Tariq Goddard
Esther Leslie
Buber, Martin (1949) – Paths in Utopia Gar Alperovitz
Buhle, Paul; Schulman, Nicole (2005)- Wobblies! A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World Alex Foti
§ C §
Calvino, Italo (1972) – Invisible cities LOOP Magazine
Céline, Louis-Ferdinand (1932) – Journey to the End of Night LOOP Magazine
Chang, Ha Joon (2007) – Bad Samaritans: Rich nations, poor policies and the threat to the developing world Milford Bateman
Chomsky, Noam (1983) – Fateful Triangle Norman Finkelstein
Chomsky, Noam; Herman, Edward S. (1988) – Manufacturing Consent Peter Hallward
Colectivo Situaciones (2001) – 19 & 20, Notes for a New Social Protagonism Gustavo Esteva
Comfort, Alex (1950) – Authority and Delinquency in the Modern State  David Goodway
§ D §
Davis, Mike (1986) – Prisoners of the American Dream Bill Fletcher, Jr.
De Gouges, Olympe (1994) – “Black Slavery” (included in Translating Slavery – Ed. Kadish, Massardier-Kenny) Ariella Azoulay
De La Boétie, Estienne (1548) – Discourse on Voluntary Servitude Enrico Donaggio
Debord, Guy (1967) – Society of the Spectacle Stephen Duncombe
Deleuze, Gilles; Guattari, Felix (1972) -Anti-Oedipus   Matteo Pasquinelli
Dittmer, John (1995) – Local People Mike Davis
Dostoevskij, Fëdor – Demons (1871) Gigi Roggero
Dostoevskij, Fedor (1880) – The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor (in The Brothers Karamazov) Enrico Donaggio
Dryzek, John (2005) – The Politics of the Earth Alex Foti
Du Bois,W. E. B. (1935) – Black Reconstruction in America Sandro Mezzadra
 § F §
Fanon,Francois (1961) – Wretched of the Earth Peter Hallward
Federici, Silvia (2004) – Caliban and the Witch: Women, The Body and Primitive Accumulation Ann Ferguson
Nina Power
Matteo Pasquinelli
Fernbach, David (ed.) (2010) – Karl Marx – Surveys from Exile Lindsay German
Fisher, Mark (2009) – Capitalist Realism  Aaron John Peters
Flanders, Laura (ed.) (2010) – At the Tea Party Linda Martina Alcoff
Forgacs, David (ed.) (1988) – A Gramsci Reader Simon Critchley
Foucault, Michel (1975) – Discipline and Punish Sandro Mezzadra
Foucault, Michel (2007) – Security, Territoriality, Population Linda Martina Alcoff
Foucault, Michel (2008) – The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1978- 79 Tadzio Muller
Foucault,Michel (1995) – Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings  Gustavo Esteva
Frank, Anne (1947) –  Diary of a Young Girl Shabnam Hashmi
Fraser, Ronald (1979) – Blood of Spain Tariq Goddard
Free Association, The (2011) – Moments of Excess  Aaron John Peters
Freeman, Jo (1972) – Tyranny of Structurelessness Clare Solomon
Freire, Paulo (1968) – Pedagogy of the Oppressed Peter Hallward
Fromm, Erich (1942) – Fear of Freedom Aaron John Peters
§ G §
Galbraith, John Kenneth (1958) – The Affluent Society Milford Bateman
Galeano, Eduardo (1997) – Walking Words Stephen Duncombe
Gallas, Alexander et al. (2011) – Reading Poulantzas Tadzio Muller
Georgakis, Dan; Surkin, Marvin (1975) – Detroit: I Do Mind Dying  Linda Martina Alcoff
German, Lindsay (1981) – Theories of Patriarchy Clare Solomon
Gombrowicz, Witold (1965) – Cosmos  Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi
Goodman, Paul and Percival (1947) – Communitas Gar Alperovitz
Graeber, David (2004) – Fragments of Anarchist Anthropology Simon Critchley
Guerin, Daniel (2006) – No Gods No Masters Simon Critchley
§ H §
Hancox, Dan (2011) -Kettled Youth  Aaron John Peters
Hancox, Dan (ed.) (2011) – Fightback!  Aaron John Peters
Hansen, James (2011) – Storms of My Grandchildren Bill McKibben
Hardt, Michael; Negri, Antonio (1994) – Labor of Dionysus: A Critique of the State-Form Sandro Mezzadra
Hardt, Michael; Negri, Antonio (2004) – Multitude Alex Foti
Hardt, Micheal; Negri, Antonio (2009) - Commonwealth  Gigi Roggero
Matteo Pasquinelli
Harriss, John (2002) –  Depoliticizing Development: The World Bank and Social Capital Milford Bateman
Harvey, David(2006) – A Brief History of Neoliberalism Milford Bateman
Hashmi, Qamar Azad (1995) -The Fifth Flame Shabnam Hashmi
Hill, Christopher (1991) – World Turned Upside Down Aaron John Peters
Stephen Duncombe
Hooks, Bell (1982) – Feminist Theory from Margin to Center Ann Ferguson
§ I §
Illich, Ivan (1973) – Tools for Conviviality Gustavo Esteva
§ J §
Jackson, George (1971) – Soledad Brother Lindsay German
Jakubowski, Franz (1936) – Ideology and superstructure in historical materialism Clare Solomon
James, C. L. R. (2011) – Black Jacobins  Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
July, Miranda(2002) – No one belongs here more than you Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi
§ K §
Kapp, Yvonne (1972) – Eleanor Marx vol. 1 and 2  Lindsay German
Kaspar, Johann (2009) – “We demand nothing” Simon Critchley
Klein, Naomi (2001) – No Logo Alex Foti
Kosmodemyanskaya, Lyubov (1953) – The Story of Zoya and Shura Shabnam Hashmi
Kovel, Joel (2007) – Enemy of Nature Bertell Ollman
§ L §
Lenin, V. I. (1902) – What Is To Be Done? Gigi Roggero
Lenin, Vladimir I. (1908) – Lessons of the Commune Esther Leslie
Lenin,V. I. (1901) – What is to be Done Peter Hallward
Lessing, Doris (1950) – The Grass is Singing  Lindsay German
Lietaer, Bernard (2001) – The Future of Money Douglas Rushkoff
Lilley, Sasha (2011) – Capital And Its Discontents Ramsey Kanaan
Linebaugh, Peter; Rediker, Marcus () – The Many-headed Hydra Sandro Mezzadra
Lingens-Reiner, Ella (1958) – Prisoners of Fear Norman Finkelstein
Lotringer, Sylvere (ed) (2002), Hatred of Capitalism: A Reader John Hutnyk
Lotringer, Sylvère; Marazzi, Christian (eds) (1980) – Autonomia: Post-Political Politics Matteo Pasquinelli
Luxemburg, Rosa (1906) – The Mass Strike Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Lynd, Staughton; Grubacic, Andrej (2008) – Wobblies And Zapatistas Ramsey Kanaan
§ M §
Mandeville, Bernard (1705) – The Fable of the Bees Enrico Donaggio
Marcuse, Herbert (1964) –One-Dimensional Man  Aaron John Peters
Marta Harnecker, Martha (2007) – Rebuilding the Left Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Marx, Karl – Capital: Volume One John Hutnyk
Marx, Karl – The Civil War in France (1871) Peter Hallward
Esther Leslie
Marx, Karl (1867) – Capital Norman Finkelstein
Ann Ferguson
John Holloway
Sandro Mezzadra
Marx, Karl; Engels, Frederic (1848) – The Communist Manifesto John Hutnyk
Bertell Ollman
Marx, Karl (1871) – The Civil War in France Gustavo Esteva
Augusto Illuminati
Marx, Karl (1852) – The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte  David Goodway
McNally, David (2010) – Global Slump Ramsey Kanaan
Miller, Mark Crispin (2005) –Fooled Again Bertell Ollman
Morrison, Toni (1987) – Beloved Gigi Roggero
§ N §
Negri, Antonio (1992) – Insurgencies: Constituent Power And The Modern State Augusto Illuminati
Nunes, Rodrigo (2005) – “Nothing is what democracy looks like: openness, horizontality and the movement of movements”, in David Harvie, Keir Milburn, Ben Trott and David Watts, eds., Shut Them Down! The G8, Gleneagles 2005 and the Movement of Movements. Tadzio Muller
§ O §
Occupied California (2010) – After the Fall Aaron John Peters
Olsen, Tillie (1961) – Tell Me A Riddle Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
O’Neil, Matthieu (2009) – Cyberchiefs: Autonomy and Authority in Online Tribes Felix Stalder
Orwell, George (1938) – Homage to Catalonia Alex Foti
Bill McKibben
Osbourne, John (1956) – LookBack In Anger Tariq Goddard
§ P §
Perlman, Fredy (1983) – Against His-Story, Against Leviathan John Zerzan
Piercy, Marge (1900) – Dance The Eagle To Sleep Ramsey Kanaan
Piercy, Marge (1976) – Woman on the Edge of Time John Holloway
Pilger, John (2004) – Tell me no lies LOOP Magazine
Prashad, Vijay (2012) – Uncle Swami Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
§ R §
Raghavan,Chakravarthy (1990) – Recolonization Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Ransby, Barbara () –  Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Rediker, Marcus (2008) – The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Reed, John(1919) – Ten Days That Shook the World  Linda Martina Alcoff
Rees, John – Algebra of Revolution Clare Solomon
Rees, John; Daher, Joseph (2011) – The People Demand: A short history of the Arab revolutions  Lindsay German
Rilke, Rainer Maria (1922) – Duino Elegies  Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi
Robinson, Joan (1960) – Exercises in Economic Analysis Gar Alperovitz
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques (1762) – The Social Contract Simon Critchley
§ S §
Sahlins, Marshall (1974) – Stone Age Economics John Zerzan
Samir Amin, Samir (1989) – Eurocentrism Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Santucci, Antonio A. (2010) – Antonio Gramsci Tadzio Muller
Saramago, José (1995) – Blindness LOOP Magazine
Serge, Victor (1963) – Memoirs of a Revolutionary Mike Davis
Shanin, Tedor (1985) – Late Marx and the Russian Road  Gustavo Esteva
Sharp, Gene (1973) – The Politics of Nonviolent Action  Bill McKibben
Shiva,Vandana (1989) – Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development Ann Ferguson
Singh Grewal, David (2008) – Network Power: The Social Dynamics of Globalization  Felix Stalder
Sitrin, Marina (Ed.) (2006) – Horizontalism Linda Martina Alcoff
Spinoza, Baruch (1677) – Tractatus politicus  Augusto Illuminati
Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty (1999) – A Critique of Postcolonial Reason John Hutnyk
Steinbeck, John (1936) – In Dubious Battle Alex Foti
Steuben, John(1950) – Strike Strategy Mike Davis
Stuart Milll, John (1859) – On Liberty Norman Finkelstein
David Goodway
Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos(2004) – ¡Ya basta! Ten Years of the Zapatista Uprising. (ed. Ziga Vodovnik) Gustavo Esteva
Sloterdijk, P. (1983) – Critique of Cynical Reason Enrico Donaggio
§ T §
Taussig, Michael (2004) – My Cocaine Museum John Hutnyk
The Free Association (2011), Moments of Excess. Movements, protest and everyday life Tadzio Muller
The Torah Douglas Rushkoff
Thomas, Peter D. (2010) – The Gramscian Moment Clare Solomon
Thompson, E. P.; Morris, William (1955) –  Romantic to Revolutionary  Ramsey Kanaan
David Goodway
Tronti, Mario (1964) – Lenin in England John Holloway
Tronti, Mario (1966) – Operai e capitale Gigi Roggero
Tse-Tung, Mao (2001) – Selected Readings from the Works of Mao Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Tucker, Kevin (2010) – For Wildness and Anarchy John Zerzan
§ V §
Vaneigem, Raoul (1967) – The Revolution of Everyday Life John Holloway
Venturi, Robert; Brown, Denise Scott; Izenour, Steven (1977) – Learning from Las Vegas Stephen Duncombe
Virno, Paolo (2002) – A Grammar of the Moltitude Augusto Illuminati
§ W §
Waddington, P. A. J. (1994) – Liberty and Order: Public Order Policing in a Capital City  Nina Power
Walker, Charles Rumford (1937) – American City Mike Davis
Ward, Colin (2004) – Anarchism Simon Critchley
Weber, Max (1919) – Politics as a Vocation  Augusto Illuminati
Williams, William Appleman (1959) – The Tragedy of American Diplomacy Gar Alperovitz
Williams, William Appleman (1974) – The Great Evasion Gar Alperovitz
Wilson, Robert Anton (1977) – Cosmic Trigger Douglas Rushkoff
Witkiewicz, Stanislaw (1930) – Insatiability  Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi
Woodcock, George (2004) – Anarchism,  Simon Critchley
§ Z §
Žižek,Slavoj (2001) – Revolution at the Gates: Selected Writings of Lenin from 1917 John Hutnyk
Stephen Duncombe

Last update: 22 February 2014.


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