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Young Communist League Suggested Reading list

Marxist Classics

  1. Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
  2. Socialism: Utopian or Scientific - Friedrich Engels
  3. Wage Labor & Capital - Karl Marx
  4. Value, Price & Profit - Karl Marx
  5. What Is to Be Done? - V. I. Lenin
  6. State & Revolution - V. I. Lenin
  7. Reform or Revolution - Rosa Luxembourg
  8. Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism - V. I. Lenin
  9. Philosophy and Class Struggle - Dialego
  10. "Left-Wing" Communism, An Infantile Disorder - V. I. Lenin
  11. Philosophical and Economic Manuscripts of 1844 - Karl Marx
Fiction
  1. The Jungle - Upton Sinclair
  2. In the Time of the Butterflies - Julia Alvarez
  3. Tinisima - Elena Poniatowska
  4. The Iron Heel Jack London
  5. Salome of the Tenements - Anzia Yezierska
  6. An American Tragedy - Theodore Dreiser
  7. Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison
  8. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston
  9. Home Is Where You Hang Your Childhood - Leanne Zugsmith
  10. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
Racial Justice
  1. Orientalism - Edward Said
  2. Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcolm X with Alex Haley
  3. John Brown - W. E. B. DuBois
  4. Fighting Racism - Gus Hall
  5. Reversing Discrimination: The Case for Affirmative Action - Gerald Horne
  6. Assata: An Autobiography - Assata Shakur
  7. Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line - Eric Michael Dyson
  8. De Colores Means All of Us - Elizabeth Martinez
  9. Faces at the Bottom of the Well - Derrick Bell
Women's Rights
  1. The Second Sex - Simone de Beauvior
  2. The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State - Friedrich Engels
  3. Women, Race and Class - Angela Davis
  4. Emancipation of Women - V. I. Lenin
  5. Inessa Armand: Revolutionary and Feminist - R. C. Elwood
  6. Nikel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America - Barbara Ehrenreich
  7. Bridge Called My Back: Writings of Radical Women of Color - Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Azaldua, eds.
Gay Rights
  1. Stone Butch Blues - Leslie Feinberg
  2. The Trouble with Harry Hay - Stuart Timmons
  3. Radically Gay - Harry Hay
  4. Out at Work: Building a Gay-Labor Alliance - Kitty Krupat & Patrick McCreely, eds.
  5. Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come - Leslie Fienberg
  6. Come Out Fighting: A Century of Essential Writing on Gay and Lesbian Liberation - Chris Bull, ed
  7. The Gay Question: A Marxist Appraisal - Bob McCubbin
  8. Making Trouble: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and the University - John D'Emilio
Working Class History
  1. The Big Strike - Mike Quinn
  2. Hammer & Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression - Robin D. G. Kelley
  3. The Communist Party and the Auto Workers Unions - Roger Keernan
  4. Working Class, USA - Gus Hall
  5. May Day: A Short History - Phillip Foner
  6. Lucy Parsons, American Revolutionary - Carolyn Ashbaugh
  7. The Making of the English Working Class - E. P. Thompson
  8. Labor's Untold Story - Boyer & Morais
  9. Strike! - Jeremy Brecher
Socialism & Revolution
  1. Ten Days That Shook the World - John Reed
  2. Song of Ariran - Kim San
  3. Reminiscences of the Cuban Revolutionary War - Ernesto "Che" Guevara
  4. American Revolution, 1768-1788 - Herbert Aptheker
  5. Allende's Chile - Ed Boorstein
  6. Counterrevolution: US Foreign Policy - Ed Boorstein
  7. Socialism: Utopian and Scientific - Frederick Engels
Fascism and the Right
  1. They Shall Not Pass! - Dolores Ibarurri
  2. Lectures on Fascism - Palmiro Togliatti
  3. United Front Against Fascism - Georgi Dmitrov
  4. Against Fascism & War - Gerogi Dmitrov
  5. Eyes Right: Challenging the Rightwing - Backlash Chip Berlet
  6. Blinded by the Right - David Brock
  7. Up From the Right - Michael Lind
  8. Black Shirts and Reds: Rationale Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism - Michael Parenti