A list of books that I personally recommend. Not all these are “Marxist”, many aren’t. Don’t agree with 100% of what anyone says, these books have parts that are correct and others that aren’t. Always be critical.

It’s also okay to read and enjoy things created by people you don’t like or agree with. In fact, understanding your opponents’ beliefs is fundamental to a Marxist perspective. We cannot have a material understanding of reality while lying about our opponents.

Many of these books are introductory to Philosophy. I don’t think everyone needs to go back and read The Republic to understand Philosophy. That being said, reading old books to know where ideas came from is always a good idea. Rousseau, Mills, etc. all the silly old libs are worth giving a read. Even just to know what they actually said and not have a warped view of Liberalism. Know your enemy!

Like all parts of the site, this is a work in progress. I will continually add more stuff to this.

Marxist Theory Essentials (in alphabetical order)

  • Friedrich EngelsPrinciples of Communism
  • Friedrich Engels Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
  • Vladimir I. Lenin State and Revolution
  • Vladimir I. Lenin Introduction to Marx, Engels, Marxism
  • Karl MarxThe Communist Manifesto
  • Karl Marx Value, Price, and Profit
  • Karl MarxThe German Ideology
  • Joseph V. StalinDialectical and Historical Materialism
  • Joseph V. StalinFoundations of Leninism
  • Mao Zedong – Quotations of Chairman Mao (The Little Red Book)

Favorites (Not essential but highly recommended)

  • Eduardo Galeano Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of Pillage of a Continent
  • Edward Herman & Noam Chomsky Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
  • Norman OhlerBlitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich
  • Paul Roland – Nazis and the Occult
  • Jeremy ScahillBlackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army
  • Pat Sloan – Soviet Democracy
  • Malcolm X & Alex HaleyThe Autobiography of Malcolm X

Supplemental Socialism (in alphabetical order)

  • Angela Y. DavisWomen, Race, & Class
  • Mark FisherCapitalist Realism: Is there no alternative?
  • Paolo FreirePedagogy of the Oppressed
  • Ernesto “Che” Guevara – The Motorcycle Diaries
  • Gill Hands – Marx: A Complete Introduction
  • Edward SaidOrientalism
  • Thomas SankaraWomen’s Liberation and the African Freedom Struggle
  • Kwame Ture & Charles HamiltonBlack Power: The Politics of Liberation

Non-Marxist Good Reads

  • Edward Bernays Propaganda
  • Albert Camus The Stranger
  • Dante Inferno
  • Michele FoucaultThe History of Sexuality: Volume I: An Introduction
  • Sigmund FreudCivilization and Its Discontents
  • Jonathan M. Hansen Young Castro
  • James W. Loewen Lies My Teacher Told Me
  • Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince
  • John Stuart Mills Utilitarianism
  • Saint Thomas More Utopia
  • Freidrich NietzcheJoyful Wisdom “The Gay Science”
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau The Social Contract