Anti-Racism Reading List

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 Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Anti-Racist Movements





Marxism Reading List

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

Primary Sources

Part 1

Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto 
Marx, Preface to a Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy (very short)
Marx, Wage Labour and Capital (short)
Marx, Thesis on Feuerbach (very short)

Part 2

Marx, Critique of the Gotha Programme
Marx, The Civil War in France
Marx, Letters to Zasulich (clarifies important points about Marx’s theory of history and views on Russia)
Marx, Conspectus of Bakunin’s Statism and Anarchy (very short)

Part 3

Marx, Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844
Marx, Grundrisse 
Marx, Capital Volume 1 

Secondary Sources

Anderson, Kevin – Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity and Non-Western Societies
Fromm, Erich – Marx’s Concept of Man (short)
Heinrich, Michael – “Je ne suis pas marxiste” (very short)
Heinrich, Michael – An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital
Lebowitz, Michael – Beyond Capital: Marx’s Political Economy of the Working Class
Ollman, Bertell – Alienation: Marx’s Conception of Man in Capitalist Society
Raekstad, Paul – The Democratic Theory of the Early Marx 
Tabak, Mehmet – Dialectics of Human Nature in Marx’s Philosophy

Marxist Theory

Ollman, Bertell – Dance of the Dialectic
Lebowitz, Michael – The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development
Lebowitz, Michael – The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”: The Conductor and the Conducted
Wood, Ellen  Meiksins – Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism


David Harvey’s lectures on Das Capital
Raymond Geuss’ lectures on Marxism
Red Plateaus’ video series Marx on human development, freedom, alienation and socialism

Feminism Reading List

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 and The Oppression of Women
  • Brown, Heather – Marx on Gender and The Family (for summary see)
  • Federici, Silvia – Caliban and The Witch: Women, the Body and 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. At the end I’ve listed my personal favorites.

A large number of anarchists texts can be found at Libcom, The Anarchist Library, the Dwardmac Anarchy Archives and Robert Graham’s website. 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

Broad Overviews of Anarchist History

History of Anarchist Movements in Europe

  • Berry, David – A History of the French Anarchist Movement 1917-1945
  • Cahm, Caroline – Kropotkin and the Rise of Revolutionary Anarchism
  • Di Paola, Pietro – The Knights Errant of Anarchy: London and the Italian Anarchist Diaspora 1880-1917
  • Garner, Jason – Goals and Means: Anarchism, Syndicalism, and Internationalism in the Origins of the Federacion Anarquista Iberica
  • Graham, Robert – We Do Not Fear Anarchy, We Invoke It: The First International and The Origins of the Anarchist Movement
  • Pernicone, Nunzio – Italian Anarchism 1864-1892 (is now outdated and should be read alongside Turcato’s Making Sense of Anarchism)

History of Anarchist Movements in North and South America

History of Anarchist Movements in Asia

History of the Spanish Revolution

History of the Russian Revolution

The Modern Anarchist Movement

  • Bray, Mark – Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street
  • Dupuis-Deri, Francis – Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs? Anarchy in Action Around the World
  • Graeber, David – Direct Action: An Ethnography
  • Graeber, David – The Democracy Project: A History, a Crisis, a Movement

My Personal Favorites