Recommended Books & Media

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Greens can't change the world without understanding the imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist forces that shape it. We've compiled a list of recommended books and media for delving more deeply into these subjects.

News & Analysis

History

  • A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • The Forging of the American Empire by Sidney Lens
  • Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  • The Democrats: A Critical History by Lance Selfa

Green Politics

  • The No-nonsense Guide to Green Politics by Derek Wall
  • The Green Party Strategy Debate by Howie Hawkins
  • North Star: A Memoir by Peter Camejo

Anti-Racism

  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis
  • Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
  • The Cornell West Reader by Cornell West
  • Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire by Deepa Kumar

Feminism

Books

  • Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks
  • Women, Race and Class by Angela Davis
  • Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
  • Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jethá
  • Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism by Laurie Penny
  • The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
  • The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk (fiction)
  • The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future by Riane Eisler (fiction)
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley (fiction)
  • The Heart of the Fire by Cerridwen Fallingstar (fiction)
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (fiction)
  • Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (fiction)
  • A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen (play)
  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin (fiction)
  • Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls by Mary Pipher
  • Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century by Boston Women's Health
  • Woman: An Intimate Geography by Natalie Angier
  • The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler (play)
  • Grassroots: A Field Guide for Feminist Activism by Jennifer Baumgardner
  • The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace by Lynn Povich
  • Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
  • The Women's Awakening in Egypt: Culture, Society, and the Press by Beth Baron
  • Harem Years: The Memoirs of an Egyptian Feminist, 1879-1924 by Huda Shaarawi
  • Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write about Real Sex by Erica Jong
  • Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East by Brian Whitaker
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (fiction)
  • Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson (comic books)
  • BITCHfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine edited by Lisa Jervis
  • Fear of Flying by Erica Jung
  • The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
  • Revolution Girl Style Now by Bikini Kill (album)
  • The Woman with the Alabaster Jar by Margaret Starbird
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
  • The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown (fiction)
  • Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti
  • The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women by Jessica Valenti
  • The History of Sexuality by Michel Foucault
  • Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman & Will Johnson

Films

  • Iron Jawed Angels (film)
  • The Burning Times (film)
  • Praying The Devil Back To Hell (film)

Websites

Organizing

  • Swarmwise: A Tactical Manual for Changing the World by Rick Falkvinge
  • Organizing for Social Change by Kimberley A. Bobo and Steve Max
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire
  • The Tyranny of Structurelessness by Jo Freeman (article)
  • The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond The Non-Profit Industrial Complex by INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence

Campaigning

  • Winning Your Election the Wellstone Way: A Comprehensive Guide for Candidates and Campaign Workers by by Jeff Blodgett and Bill Lofy
  • Hardball by Chris Matthews

Economics

Introductory Works

  • The Corporation (YouTube Video)
  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
  • Democracy At Work: A Cure For Capitalism by Richard Wolff
  • Democracy at Work (website)
  • What Then Must We Do? by Gar Alperovitz
  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
  • Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins
  • Web of Debt by Ellen Brown
  • The Lost Science of Money: The Mythology of Money, The Story of Power by Stephen A. Zarlenga
  • Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World by Mike Davis

Intermediate and Advanced Works

  • Knowledge and Class by Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff
  • Class Theory and History by Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff
  • A Companion to Marx's Capital by David Harvey
  • A Companion to Marx's Capital, Volume 2 by David Harvey
  • The Limits to Capital by David Harvey
  • Capital, Volume 1 by Karl Marx
  • Capital, Volume 2 by Karl Marx
  • Capital, Volume 3 by Karl Marx
  • Theories of Surplus Value by Karl Marx

Civil Liberties

  • No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald

Latin America

  • The Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano
  • The Motorcycle Diaries (film)
  • Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America by Juan Gonzalez
  • Palante: Young Lords Party
  • The Young Lords: A Reader
  • War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony by Nelson A. Denis
  • Grabbing Power: The New Struggles for Land, Food and Democracy in Northern Honduras by Tanya M Kerssen
  • Che: Part One (film)
  • Che: Part Two (film)
  • Cuba Since the Revolution of 1959: A Critical Assessment by Samuel Farber
  • Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide, and the Politics of Containment by Peter Hallward
  • We Created Chavez by George Ciccariello-Maher

Palestine

  • The Veritas Handbook (PDF Book)
  • The Battle for Justice in Palestine by Ali Abunimah
  • Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights by Omar Barghouti
  • The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine by Ilan Pappé
  • Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Resolution by Moshe Machover

Antiwar

  • Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill (Book and Documentary)
  • No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes by Anand Gopal
  • The Road from Ar Ramadi: The Private Rebellion of Staff Sergeant Mejía: An Iraq War Memoir by Camilo Mejia
  • Sir No Sir! (YouTube Video)
  • Soldiers in Revolt: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War by David Cortwright

Ecology

  • This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
  • Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis by Chris Williams
  • Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World by Mike Davis

Religion

  • Zealot by Reza Aslan

Biography

  • Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X
  • Democracy's Prisoner: Eugene V. Debs, the Great War, and the Right to Dissent by Ernest Freeberg
  • You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times by Howard Zinn
  • North Star: A Memoir by Peter Camejo

For Children and Parents

  • Happy to Be Nappy by bell hooks
  • And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (Fiction)
  • A Little Piece of Ground by Elizabeth Laird (Fiction)

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