Radical Reading List

These are just a few of the many books that provide important knowledge and tools for radical activists, with more being written all the time. Feel free to send in your recommendations or share your mini-review.

FSP Books and Documents

  Party History
Fraser and Fraser Crisis and Leadership
Gloria Martin Socialist Feminism: The First Decade, 1966-1976
  Why We Left the Socialist Workers Party
A Victory for Socialist Feminism,
1969
They Refused to Name Names: The Freeway Hall
Case Victory
  Political Resolutions
Weiss, Deaderick, and Fraser The Precarious '80s: Crisis and Opportunity, 1982
Hoddersen and Fraser Towards the '90s: Approaching the Final Conflict, 1990
Bauer and Hoddersen Careening Toward the New World---Revolt and Counterrevolution in the '90s, 1993
Andrea Bauer Defying the Neo-Liberal Order: World Labor Strikes Back, 1997
Andrea Bauer From the Ashes of the Old Century, A Better World's in Birth, 1999
Guerry Hoddersen One Hemisphere Indivisible: Permanent Revolution and Neoliberalism in the Americas
  People of Color
Fraser and Boot Revolutionary Integration: A Marxist Analysis of African American Liberation, 2004
Alaniz, Wong, et. al. Voices of Color, 1999
Alaniz and Cornish Viva la Raza: A History of Chicano Identity & Resistance, 2008
  Feminism and Gay Liberation
Weiss and Crisman Permanent Revolution and Women's Emancipation
Turner and Deaderick Gay Resistance: The Hidden History
Su Docekal On the Frontlines of Lavender Labor History: The Freedom Socialist Party in Action
Cornish, Averill, and Mendicino In Defense of Marxist Feminism: Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party Debate the International Socialist Organization
  International Issues
Murry Weiss Women's Emancipation and the Future of the Fourth International
Durham and Williams On the Nature of the Nicaraguan State, 1988
Susan Williams Capitalism's Brutal Comeback in China, 2002
Raya Fidel Shattered Hopes in Palestine: Which Way Forward for Arabs and Jews?
  General Interest
Clara Fraser Revolution, She Wrote
Socialism for Skeptics
On the Dialectics of US Backwardness
Tamara Turner, et. al. A Worker's Guide to the 20th Century
Crisman, Durham, Hill & Woo Permanent Revolution in the U.S. Today
Helen Gilbert Lyndon LaRouche: Fascism Restyled for the New Millenium
Leon Trotsky: His Life and Ideas
Megan Cornish A Marxist Looks at Capitalism's Meltdown
  Poetry
Karen Brodine Woman Sitting at the Machine, Thinking
Merle Woo Yellow Woman Speaks

Radical Women Theory and Program

  Radical Women Manifesto: Theory, Program and Structure
Durham and Cornish Women Workers: Sparkplugs of Labor
Clara Fraser Woman As Leader
Which Road towards Women's Liberation: A Radical Vanguard or a Single-Issue Coalition?
The Emancipation of Women
Nancy Kato Women of Color: Front-Runners for Freedom
Susan Williams Lesbianism: A Socialist Feminist Perspective
Women's Psychology: Mental Illness as Social Disease
Wong, Woo and Yamada Three Asian American Writers Speak Out on Feminism

Basic Marxist Theory and Socialist History

Marx and Engels The Communist Manifesto
On the Paris Commune
  First International
Karl Marx Critique of the Gotha Program
  Economics
Karl Marx Capital, Volumes, 1-3
Value, Price and Profit
Wage-Labor and Capital
Critique of Political Economy
  Philosophy
Karl Marx On Historical Materialism
The Poverty of Philosophy
Frederick Engels Socialism: Utopian and Scientific
The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State
Dialectics of Nature
Anti-Durhing
Lenin and Trotsky Kronstadt
V.I. Lenin Emancipation of Women
On the Jewish Question
Leftwing Communism, An Infantile Disorder
State and Revolution
Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism
What Is to Be Done?
National Liberation and Socialism
Materialism and Empirio-Criticism
The Suppressed Testament of Lenin
Lenin’s Last Fight,
1922-23
Leon Trotsky Autobiography and Biographical Sketches
My Life
Diary in Exile
Portraits, Political and Personal
  Russian Revolution
History of the Russian Revolution, Vols. 1-3
Lessons of October
First Five Years of the Communist International
  Analysis of Stalinism
The Revolution Betrayed
The Stalin School of Falsification
Challenge of the Left Opposition,
1923-25; 1926-27; 1928-29
Stalinism and Bolshevism
The Third International After Lenin
  Marxist Theory
Permanent Revolution
In Defense of Marxism
If America Should Go Communist
  Anti-fascism
Fascism: What It Is and How to Fight It
The Struggle Against Fascism in Germany
The Spanish Revolution, 1931-39
  A Revolutionary View on Unions and Social Issues
Women and the Family
Their Morals and Ours
On the Trade Unions
Problems of Everyday Life
Literature and Art
Against Individual Terrorism
  Fourth International
The Transitional Program for Socialist Revolution:
The Death Agony of Capitalism and the Tasks of the Fourth International
James P. Cannon America’s Road to Socialism
Letters from Prison
Notebook of An Agitator
Socialism on Trial
Struggle for Socialism in the “American Century”
Struggle for a Proletarian Party
Speeches for Socialism (includes Theses on the American Revolution)
Speeches to the Party
The First Ten Years of American Communism
The History of American Trotskyism
The Revolutionary Party: Its Role in the Struggle for Socialism
The Socialist Workers Party in World War II, 1940-43
Rosa Luxembourg Reform or Revolution
Introduction to Economics
Rosa Luxemburg Speaks
George Novak Philosophy
An Introduction to the Logic of Marxism
The Origins of Materialism
(Greek Philosophy)
Empiricism and Its Evolution
Pragmatism versus Marxism
Humanism and Socialism
  History
America's Revolutionary Heritage
Understanding History
The Long View of History

Biographies and Auto Biographies

Perry Anderson Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life
Carolyn Ashbaugh Lucy Parsons: American Revolutionary
Louise Bryant Six Red Months in Russia
Isaac Deutscher The Prophet Armed, The Prophet Unarmed, The Prophet Betrayed (a trilogy of Trotsky's Life
Bernadette Devlin The Price of My Soul
Phillip Foner, Ed. The Autobiographies of the Haymarket Martyrs
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn The Rebel Girl (IWW feminist)
Ray Ginger The Bending Cross (Eugene V. Debs)
James Kutcher The Case of the Legless Veteran (SWP WWII veteran)
Michael Lowy Marxism of Che Guevara: Philosophy, Economics, Revolutionary Warfare
Franz Mehring Karl Marx
Bryan D. Palmer James P. Cannon and the Origins of the American Revolutionary Left, 1890-1928
Robert Rosenstone Romantic Revolutionary (about writer John Reed)
Assata Shakur Assata (Black Panther exiled in Cuba)
Ida B. Wells Barnett Autobiography of Ida B. Wells Barnett

World History

Renate Bridenthal When Biology Became Destiny: Women in Weimar and Nazi Germany
Eduardo Galeano Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
Daniel Guerin Fascism and Big Business (origins of European fascism)
Brown Plague (first-person account of the rise of German fascism)
Joseph Hansen Leninist Strategy of Party Building: the Debate on Guerilla Warfare in the Fourth International
C.L.R. James The Black Jacobins: Touissant L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution
Joseph Hansen Dynamics of the Cuban Revolution
Harold Isaacs Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution (deals with 1920s and ‘30s)
Felix Morrow Revolution and Counter Revolution in Spain
Farley Mowat And No Birds Sang (Canadians Fighting in Italy in WWII)
George Orwell Homage to Catalonia (first-person account of Spanish Civil War)
John Reed Ten Days that Shook the World (Russian Revolution)
Insurgent Mexico
Victor Serge From Lenin to Stalin
Daniel Singer The Road to Gdansk
Studs Terkel The Good War (the ugly side of Americans in Europe in WWII)
Leon Trotsky The Spanish Revolution, 1931-39

U.S. Labor History

Louis Adamic Dynamite
Ralph Chaplin Wobbly
Eugene Debs Eugene v. Debs Speaks
Farrell Dobbs Teamster Rebellion (Trotskyist-led strike in 1934)
Phillip Foner The Great Labor Uprising of 1877
History of the Labor Movement in the U.S.,
Vols. 1-7
Organized Labor and the Black Worker, 1919-81
Women and the American Labor Movement
Philip Foner, Ed. Mother Jones Speaks
Michael Honey Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights
Harvey O'Connor Revolution in Seattle (1919 General Strike)
Art Preis Labor's Giant Step (1930s depression and founding of the AFL-CIO)
Barbara Wertheimer We Were There: The Story of Working Women in America
Murry Weiss The Problem of Smashing McCarthyism
McCarthyism: Key Issues in the 1954 Election
Samuel Yellen American Labor Struggles, 1877-1934

Women

Lim, et al. Forbidden Stitch (Asian American anthology)
Asian Women United Making Waves
August Bebel Woman Under Socialism
Simone de Beauvoir The Second Sex
Martha Cotera Diosa y Hembra
Angela Davis Women, Race and Class
Sara Evans Personal Politics (origins of the feminist movement in the 1960s civil rights struggles)
Eleanor Flexnor Century of Struggle
Betty Friedan The Feminine Mystique
Paula Giddings When and Where I Enter: Black Women's Impact on Race and Sex in America
Gerda Lerner Black Women in White America
Kate Millet Sexual Politics
Michele Wallace Black Macho and the Myth of the Super-Woman
Moraga, et, al. This Bridge Called My Back
Evelyn Reed Sexism and Science
Woman's Evolution: From Matriarchal Clan to Patriarchal Family
Barbara Smith, ed. Homegirls: A Black Feminist Anthology
Elizabeth Stone Women and the Cuban Revolution

People of Color and Jews

Mumia Abu-Jamal Live from Death Row
We Want Freedom: Life in the Black Panther Party
Rodolfo Acuna Anything But Mexican
James Baldwin The Fire Next Time
Leroy Bennet Before the Mayflower
Terry Bisson On a Move: The Story of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Taylor Branch Parting the Water, Pillar of Fire, & At Canaan's Edge (trilogy on civil rights movement)
Karen Brodkin How Jews Became White Folks and What that Says About Race in America
Dee Brown Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
Carlos Bulosan America is in the Heart
Peter Camejo Racism, Revolution, Reaction 1861-1877
Churchill and VanderWall Agents of Repression: The FBI's Secret War Against the Black Panther Party and American Indian Movement
Oliver C. Cox Caste, Class and Race
Vine Deloria Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
W.E.B. Dubois Black Reconstruction in America
Souls of Black Folk
John Egerton Speak Now Against the Day: The Generation before the Civil Rights Movement in the South
James Forman The Making of Black Revolutionaries
Daniel Guerin Negroes on the March (Post WWII analysis)
Fred Ho, et. al. Legacy to Liberation: Politics and Culture of Revolutionary Asian Pacific America
Jean Wakatsuki Houston Farewell to Manzanar (Japanese American internment during WWII)
Gloria Jahoda Trail of Tears: The Story of American Indian Removals 1813-1855
Peter Kwong Chinatown, New York
Winona La Duke All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life
Abram Leon The Jewish Question: A Marxist Interpretation
Elizabeth Martinez De Colores Means All of US
Leonard Peltier Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance
Howell Raines My Soul Rested: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South
Virginia Sanchez Korrel From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City
Malcolm X The Final Speeches
By Any Means Necessary
Robert Williams Negroes with Guns (armed resistance to 1960s racism)

L/G/B/T---Queer

Joseph Beam, Ed. In The Life: A Black Gay Anthology
Faderman and Eriksson Lesbians in Germany: 1890s-1920s
Jonathan Katz Gay American History
Kitchen Table Press Combahee River Collective Statement
Leslie Feinberg Transgender Warrior
Lauritsen and Thorstad The Early Homosexual Rights Movement
Audre Lorde Sister Outsider
Will Roscoe The Zuni Man-Woman
Don Teal The Gay Militants
Merle Woo Yellow Woman Speaks

Civil Liberties

Heidi Boghosian Assault on Free Speech, Public Assembly and Dissent
Arthur Kinoy Rights on Trial: Odyssey of a People's Lawyer
Studs Terkel Coming of Age (an oral history of movement activists)

General Interest

William Blake An American Looks at Karl Marx
Phillip Caputo Rumor of War (Vietnam)
Dana Frank Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America
Incite! The Revolution Will Not Be Funded (an expose of NGOs by Women of Color Against Violence)
Naomi Klein The Shock Doctrine (expose of free market capitalists)
Howard Zinn People's History of the U.S.
Dave Zirin and Chuck D Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, The Promise and Politics of Sports

Fiction/Historical Novels

Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart (an African village when Europeans move in)
William Faulkner Intruder in the Dust (struggle for racial justice in the South)
Nadine Gordimer A World of Strangers (and other novels & short stories set in South Africa)
Khaled Hosseini A Thousand Splendid Suns (women in Afghanistan)
Margaret Lawrence Stone Angel (woman growing up on the Canadian prairie)
Andre Malraux Man's Fate (novel about defeat of 1927 Chinese revolt)
Alan Paton Cry the Beloved Country (set in South Africa)
Marge Piercy Three Women
Danzy Senna Caucasia
Lillian Smith Strange Fruit (racism in the South)
John Steinbeck Grapes of Wrath (the plight of sharecroppers during the Depression)
In Dubious Battle (Depression-era strike organizing)
Ngugi wa Thiong’o Petals of Blood (failed revolution in Kenya)
Dalton Trumbo Johnny Got His Gun (anti-war)
Leon Uris Trinity (Ireland)
Margaret Walker Jubilee (African Americans before, during and after the Civil War)