Anti-Racism Reading List

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

This list is currently very US and black-centric, as it is what I’ve read most about. If you know any good books on racism in other parts of the world, or on racism towards other ethnicities, please tell me.

Anti-Racist Classics

  • Douglass, Frederick – What to the Slave is the 4th of July 
  • Du Bois, W.E.B – The Souls of Black Folks
  • Said, Edward – Orientalism
  • Wells-Barnett, Ida B – Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases

History of Racism

  • Allen, Theodore – The Invention of the White Race Vol 1 & 2
  • Fredrickson, George – Racism: A Short History

History of Chattel Slavery & Struggle Against It 

  • Baptist, Edward – Half Has Never Been Told
  • Drescher, Seymour – Abolition: A History of Slavery & Antislavery
  • James, Cyril – The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’ouverture & the San Domingo Revolution
  • Walter, Johnson – River of Dark Dreams: Slavery & Empire in the Cotton Kingdom
  • Walter, Johnson – Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market
  • Zinn, Howard – 1619-1741: Slavery & Slave Rebellion in the US

Contemporary Racism

  • Alexander, Michelle – The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarciration in the Age of Colorblindness

Anti-Racist Movements





Marxism Reading List

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


  • 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


Feminism Reading List

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

Feminist Theory

For newcomers to feminism:

  • Finlayson, Lorna – An Introduction to Feminism
  • Hooks, Bell – Feminism is For Everybody
  • Hooks, Bell – Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism

For people who know their feminist basics:

  • Young, Iris – On Female Body Experience: “Throwing Like A Girl” and Other Essays
  • Walby,  Slyvia – Theorizing Patriarchy

Feminism & Men



  • Vogel, Lise – Marxism & The Oppression of Women
  • Brown, Heather – Marx on Gender & The Family (for summary see)
  • Federici, Silvia – Caliban & The Witch: Women, the Body & Primitive Accumulation
  • Federici, Silvia – Revolution At Point Zero

Anarchism Reading List

Anarchism is a form of anti-state socialism which first emerged in 19th century Europe and rapidly spread from there to North America, South America, Asia and parts of Africa. I’ve composed this reading list on the basis of which books or texts I wish I’d known about when first learning about anarchism.

I don’t agree with all the texts I list but felt it was important to include texts from traditions within anarchism that I don’t like or don’t fully agree with because it is important to understand anarchism in all its variety. At the end I’ve listed my personal favorites.

A large number of anarchists texts can be found at Libcom, The Anarchist Library, or the Dwardmac Anarchy Archives. A text is ‘classic’ if it is from the 19th or the early 20th century, and it is ‘modern’ if it is from  the late 20th century or the 21st century.

A great (and very long) all round resource on anarchism is The Anarchist FAQ.

Classic Introductions

Modern Introductions

Classic Anarchist Texts

Modern Anarchist Texts

Anthologies of Anarchist Primary Sources

General Anarchist History

Anarchism in The Global South

  • Anderson, Kevin – The Age of Globalization: Anarchists and the Anti-Colonial Imagination
  • Crump, John – Hatta Shuzo and Pure Anarchism in Interwar Japan
  • Dirlik, Arif – Anarchism in the Chinese Revolution
  • Hwang, Dongyoun – Anarchism in Korea: Independence, Transnationalism and the Question of National Development, 1919-1984
  • Hirsch, Steven and van der Walt, Lucian (eds) – Anarchism and Syndicalism in the Colonial and Postcolonial World 1870-1940 (the best overview of the topic)
  • Fernandez, Frank – Cuban Anarchism: The History of A Movement
  • Tierney, Robert – Monster of the Twentieth Century: Kotoku Shusui and Japan’s First Anti-Imperialist Movement

History of the Spanish Revolution

History of the Russian Revolution

My Personal Favorites