Marxism Reading List

Pdfs/epubs of most of these books can be found on b-ok.

I used to believe a large number of misconceptions about Marx specifically and Marxism in general. Reading the authors below removed these misconceptions and made me realize how little most self-proclaimed Marxists actually understand about Marx. I hope that more anarchist can come to understand Marx and in so doing gain a new reason to dislike Leninists: not only are they authoritarians, they’re also a disservice to Marx’s ideas.


  • Anderson, Kevin – Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity and Non-Western Societies
  • Fromm, Erich – Marx’s Concept of Man 
  • Heinrich, Michael – “Je ne suis pas marxiste” 
  • Heinrich, Michael – An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital
  • Lebowitz, Michael – The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”: The Conductor and the Conducted
  • Lebowitz, Michael – The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development
  • ​Ollman, Bertell – Dance of the Dialectic
  • Ollman, Bertell – Alienation: Marx’s Conception of Man in Capitalist Society
  • Raekstad, Paul – The Democratic Theory of the Early Marx 
  • Wood, Ellen  Meiksins – Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism



One thought on “Marxism Reading List

  1. Hi, good list so far, I would definitely add some of the following:

    * Harry Cleaver “Reading Capital Politically” and his new book “Rupturing the Dialectic: The Struggle against Work, Money, and Financialization”.

    * Massimo De Angelis’ beautiful book “The Beginning of History: Value Struggles and Global Capital” (looking forward to his upcoming book “Omnia Sunt Communia: The Strategy for Postcapitalism”).

    * John Holloway’s ‘Change the world without taking power’ and (the much better book) ‘Crack capitalism’.

    Which you can find here

    * Werner Bonefeld’s “Critical Theory and the Critique of Political Economy: On Subversion and Negative Reason”.

    * Moishe Postone’s “Time, Labor and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx’s Critical Theory”.

    * Anything by the Midnight Notes Collective.

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