This is the list of top ten books for the Leftist thinkers. Left-wingers support social equality while Right-wingers think that certain social order is normal and desirable.
10. A Brief History of Neoliberalism by David Harvey.
“So-called global cities of finance, become spectacular islands of wealth and privilege, with towering skyscraper. Within these towers, trading between floors creates a vast amount of fictitious wealth”. This book reads like a true-life detective story investigating the mugging of the world economy in autumn 2008. Extremely accessible and informative.
9. The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon.
First published in 1961. “A government or a party gets the people it deserves and sooner or later a people gets the government it deserves”.The book is written with anger and passion but has great clarity and purpose. Against the backdrop of Algeria’s attempts to break free from the French colonial rule, this book is a painful psychological exploration of dehumanising effects of colonization upon the individual and the nation.
8. One Dimensional Man by Herbert Marcuse.
“This society turns everything it touches into a potential source of progress and of exploitation, of drudgery and satisfaction, of freedom and of oppression.” This 1964 book by Herbert Marcuse is a harsh criticism of both contemporary capitalism and the Communist society of the Soviet Union and explains why the people of the modern society are considered to be one dimensional.
7. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell.
The book is George Orwell’s personal account of his experiences and observations in the Spanish Civil War. In an entertaining and non-partisan way he conveys the boredom, confusion and lies of the war and his encounter with the horrors of a totalitarian police state, which greatly influenced his writings in “Animal Farm” and 1984.
6. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn.
This is America’s story from the point of view of African Americans, America’s women, factory workers, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers. This heavily influential book was first published in 1980 and has been assigned as reading in many high schools and colleges across USA.
5. Guerrilla Warfare by Che Guevara.
It is a fascinating insight into the ideology and tactics of the Cuban Revolution. Published in 1961, it soon became the guidebook for thousands of guerrilla fighters in various countries around the world.
4. The Shock Doctrine by Canadian activist Naomi Klein.
From Chile in 1973 to Iraq of today, she exposed how the trauma of invasion was being exploited to remake the country in the interest of foreign corporations. She called it “disaster capitalism.”
3. The Conquest of Bread, originally written in French by Peter Kropotkin.
This book lays out the basic principles of the anarcho-communism. Like Marxists, he argues that the concentration of the wealth is the root cause of poverty but does not suggest a centralized state as the solution. His solution is autonomous collectives which produce what they can and barter for what they want.
2. Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky by Noam Chomsky
Propaganda is to democracy what violence is to totalitarianism. This book really is the indispensable Chomsky. A must read for all activists and conspiracy theorists.
- The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx.
The purpose of the Manifesto was to ignite and unite the faithful, recruit the curious, and frighten the bourgeoisie. This book is a rousing call to arms whose influence is still felt today. Everyone interested in political thought or modern history needs to read this book.
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