99 Must-Read Books for Activists

“They were dealt with as in war, and they naturally employed the means that were used against them.” 
Leo Tolstoy, Resurrection
  1. Occupy by Noam Chomsky
  2. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald
  3. Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield by Jeremy Scahill
  4. This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
  5. The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap by Matt Taibbi
  6. Direct Action: An Ethnography by David Graeber
  7. Race Matters by Cornel West
  8. What Gandhi Says: About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage by Norman G. Finkelstein
  9. What Then Must We Do? by Gar Alperovitz
  10. No Turning Back: The History of Feminism and the Future of Women by Estelle Freedman
  11. Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution by David Harvey
  12. The Syria Dilemma by Danny Postel
  13. Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  14. Hiroshima by John Hersey
  15. Mountains Beyond Mountains: One doctor’s quest to heal the world by Tracy Kidder
  16. Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt
  17. PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future by Paul Mason
  18. War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning by Chris Hedges
  19. America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism by Anatol Lieven
  20. Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State by Ralph Nader
  21. The Boy Who Could Change the World by Aaron Swartz
  22. To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism by Evgeny Morozov
  23. Beyond the Green Zone by Dahr Jamail
  24. What’s Wrong With a Free Lunch? by Philippe van Parijs
  25. Masscult and Midcult: Essays Against the American Grain by Dwight Macdonald
  26. Why Nuclear Disarmament Matters by Hans Blix
  27. Unpeople: Britain’s Secret Human Rights Abuses by Mark Curtis
  28. The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger by Richard G. Wilkinson
  29. Economics: The User’s Guide by Ha-Joon Chang
  30. The Age of Extremes: 1914–1991 by Eric Hobsbawm
  31. Culture and Imperialism by Edward W. Said
  32. The End of Nature by Bill McKibben
  33. The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class by Guy Standing
  34. Lawless World by Philippe Sands
  35. How Much is Enough?: Money and the Good Life by Robert Skidelsky
  36. How Corrupt is Britain? by David Whyte
  37. The People’s Spring: The Future of the Arab Revolution by Samir Amin
  38. The ABCs of Political Economy: A Modern Approach by Robin Hahnel
  39. Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay by John Lanchester
  40. Why Not Socialism? by G. A. Cohen
  41. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  42. In Praise of Idleness by Bertrand Russell
  43. Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
  44. PR! — A Social History of Spin by Stuart Ewen
  45. Stonewall by Martin Duberman
  46. Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace by Gore Vidal
  47. The Keynes Solution: The Path to Global Economic Prosperity by Paul Davidson
  48. Hell and High Water: Climate Change, Hope and the Human Condition by Alastair McIntosh
  49. Globalisation Development and Social Justice by Ann El Khoury
  50. Making Peace with the Earth by Vandana Shiva
  51. Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age by Larry M. Bartels
  52. How America Gets Away with Murder by Michael Mandel
  53. Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism by John Cooley
  54. How Rich Countries Got Rich and Why Poor Countries Stay Poor by Erik S. Reinert
  55. The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters by Frances Stonor Saunders
  56. Israel/Palestine: How to End the War of 1948 by Tanya Reinhart
  57. Contours of Descent: U.S. Economic Fractures and the Landscape of Global Austerity by Robert Pollin
  58. Crucible of Resistance: Greece, the Eurozone and the World Economic Crisis by Euclid Tsakalotos
  59. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
  60. The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic by Chalmers Johnson
  61. Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism by Sheldon S. Wolin
  62. Rich Media, Poor Democracy: Communication Politics in Dubious Times by Robert W. McChesney
  63. No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal
  64. Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance by James Scott
  65. Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea by Mark Blyth
  66. Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal by Tristram Stuart
  67. The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan
  68. The Killing Fields of Inequality by Goran Therborn
  69. Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement by Lawrence Wittner
  70. Spoils of War: The Human Cost of America’s Arms Trade by John Tirman
  71. Famine Crimes: Politics & the Disaster Relief Industry in Africa by Alex de Waal
  72. Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America by Walter LaFeber
  73. Empire As A Way of Life by William Appleman Williams
  74. The Record of the Paper: How the New York Times Misreports US Foreign Policy by Richard Falk
  75. Walking with the Comrades by Arundhati Roy
  76. Anders Breivik and the Rise of Islamophobia by Sindre Bangstad
  77. The Triumph of the Political Class by Peter Oborne
  78. Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt
  79. 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown by Simon Johnson
  80. Fear: The History of a Political Idea by Corey Robin
  81. Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent by Eduardo Galeano
  82. Who Are We — And Should It Matter in the 21st Century? by Gary Younge
  83. World Hunger: Twelve Myths by Frances Moore Lappe
  84. Communitas: Means of Livelihood and Ways of Life by Paul Goodman
  85. Treasure Islands: Uncovering the Damage of Offshore Banking and Tax Havens by Nicholas Shaxson
  86. The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham
  87. Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress — and a Plan to Stop It by Lawrence Lessig
  88. Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System by Raj Patel
  89. Killing Hope by William Blum
  90. Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
  91. Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land Under Siege by Amira Hass
  92. In Praise of Barbarians: Essays against Empire by Mike Davis
  93. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond
  94. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
  95. Hack Attack: The Inside Story of How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch by Nick Davies
  96. Activists in City Hall by Pierre Clavel
  97. Disciplined Minds by Jeff Schmidt
  98. Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil by Nancy Scheper-Hughes
  99. Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

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