This feature page was launched in July 2017. It lists recommended books and essays. It is a work in progress. Red colour titles are books; black colour titles are essays.
Table of contents:
* Social rights and political economy in Canada
* Ecology and the global warming emergency
* World issues and globalized capitalism
* Marxism and socialism
* The Russian Revolution of 1917
* The decline and aftermath of the Russian Revolution
* The Chinese Revolution of 1949
* The Cuban Revolution of 1959
Social rights and political economy in Canada
Escape From the Staples Trap, Paul Kellogg, University of Toronto Press, 2015, 275 pp, ISBN 0-8020-9654-8.
Imperialist Canada, by Todd Gordon, ARP Books, 2010, 432 pp, ISBN-10 1-894037-45-6.
Empire’s Ally: Canada and the War in Afghanistan, edited and with contributions by Jerome Klassen and Greg Albo, U of T Press, 2013, 432 pp, ISBN 9781442613041.
Winning Choice On Abortion, How British Columbian and Canadian Feminists Won the Battles of the 1970s and 1980s, by Anne Thompson, Trafford Publishing, 2008, 340 pp, ISBN 9781412042475.
The Dispossessed: Life and Death in Native Canada, Geoffrey York, Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1989.
Prison of Grass: Canada From a Native View, by Howard Adams, 1975, new edition in 1989, Fifth House Publishers, 208 pp. ISBN 0-920079-51-2. Brief review here.
Red Power In Canada, pamphlet by Richard Fidler, 1970, text here.
Ecology and the global warming emergency
Marx’s Ecology, by John Bellamy Foster, Monthly Review Press, 2000, 309 pp, ISBN 1583670122.
Ecology Against Capitalism, by John Bellamy Foster, Monthly Review Press, 2002, 202 pp, ISBN 9781583670569.
Marxism and the Dialectics of Ecology, by John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark, published in Monthly Review, Oct 2016
The uninhabitable Earth: What climate change could wreak, sooner than you think, by David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine, July 10, 2017. Text here, with an introduction by Roger Annis.
World issues and globalized capitalism
The Decision To Use The Atomic Bomb And The Architecture Of An American Myth, by Gar Alperovitz, Alfred A. Knoff, 1995, 843 pp, ISBN 0-679-44331-2 (and see: Unjust cause: Interview with historian Gar Alperovitz on the U.S. decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, by Andrew Cockburn, Harpers Magazine, May 25, 2016).
The Making Of The Atomic Bomb, by Richard Rhodes, Simon & Schuster, 1987 (25th anniversay edition in 2012), 886 pp, ISBN 0-671-44133-7.
The Korean War: A History, by Bruce Cumings, Modern Library, 2010, 288 pp. ISBN 9780812978964. (Condensed and updated version of his two volume The Origins of the Korean War, Princeton University Press, vol 1 published in 1980, vol 2 in 1991.)
The Hidden History of the Korean War, by I.F. Stone, 1952, 2nd edition 1970, Monthly Review Press. (Review of I.F. Stone’s The Hidden History of the Korean War, attached pdf.)
Korea: Division, Reunification, and U.S. Foreign Policy, by Martin Hart-Landsberg, Monthly Review Press, 1998, 288 pp, ISBN 978085345927.
The 10,00 Day War: Vietnam 1945-1975, by Michael Maclear, St.Martin’s Press, 1981, 367 pp, ISBN 13: 978-0312790943. (The book was made into a 26-part, 30 minutes per episode, television series on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, airing in 1984 and 1985.)
Late Capitalism, by Ernest Mandel, New Left Books, 1975, 599 pp, SBN 902308076.
Imperialism In The 21st Century, by John Smith, Monthly Review Press, 2016, 384 pp, ISBN 9781583675779. (You can ead an abstract from the book published in 2015, here.)
A critique of David Harvey’s analysis of imperialism, essay by John Smith (author of Imperialism In The 21st Century), published on MR Online, Aug 26, 2017
Marxism and socialism
The Manifesto of the Communist Party, by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, 1848. Available online at Marxist Internet Archive
Capital, by Karl Marx, with editorial assistance by Frederick Engels, in three volumes. This is the classic study of capitalist political economy; one of the most widely published and read books in history.
The Materialist Conception Of History, George Plekhanov, 1897. Full text available online at Marxist Internet Archive. See also by G. Plekhanov: The Monist View of History, and The Role of the Individual in History.
The Three Sources And Three Component Parts Of Marxism, by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, published in 1913. Available online at Marxist Internet Archive.
Marx’s Capital, by Ben Fine, 1975, 76 pp, SBN 333178459.
Introduction to Marxist Economic Theory, by Ernest Mandel, 1964, 78 pp.
Marxist Economic Theory, by Ernest Mandel, Merlin Press, 1962, 797 pp.
Beyond Capital: Marx’s Political Economy of the Working Class, by Michael Lebowitz, Palgrave MacMillan, 2003 (2nd edition), 231 pp, ISBN 0-333-9640-6.
Marx and Engels: Their Contribution To The Democratic Breakthrough, by August M. Nimtz Jr., State University of New York Press, 2000, 377 pp, ISBN 0-791-44490-2.
The Russian Revolution of 1917
To the Rural Poor, by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, published in 1903. Available online at Marxist Internet Archive
Lenin Rediscovered: ‘What Is To Be Done’ in Context, by Lars Ti Lih, Haymarket Books, 2005, 613 pp, ISBN 9-781-93185958-5 (includes text of author’s re-translation of What Is To Be Done, 1902, 180 pp)
The Tasks of the Proletariat in the Present Revolution (aka The April Theses), by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, published in April 1917. Available online at Marxist Internet Archive
Lenin, political biography by Lars Ti Lih, Reaktion Books, 2011, 240 pp, ISBN 9781861897930.
The History of the Russian Revolution, by Leon Trotksy, first published in English by the University of Michigan Press, 1932, app. 1,200 pages, ISBN 0-913460-83-4. In three volumes: 1. The Overthrow of Tsarism, 2. The Attempted Counter-Revolution, 3. The Triumph of the Soviets. Available online at Marxist Internet Archive.
The Prophet Armed, volume one of a three-volume biography of Leon Trotsky, by Isaac Deutscher, Oxford University Press, 1963.
Centenary of the Russian Revolution and the repudiation of debt, three-part essay by Eric Toussaint, coordinator of the Committee for the Elimination of Third World Debt (CADTM, Belgium)
Part one: Russia: Repudiation of debt was at the heart of the revolutions of 1905 and 1917, July 5, 2017
Part two: From Tsarist Russia to the 1917 revolution and the repudiation of debt, July 7, 2017
Part three: The Russian Revolution, debt repudiation, war and peace, July 12, 2017
Failure of a Revolution: Germany 1918-19, by Sebastian Haffner, 1969, Banner Press translation to English in 1973, 208 pp, ISBN 0916650235.
The aftermath, then eventual decline of the Russian Revolution
Moscow Under Lenin, by Alfred Rosmer, Monthly Review Press, 1972, 253 pp, SBN 85345-257-1. Originally published in French as Moscou sous Lénine, 1953.
The New Economics, by Yevgeny Preobrazhensky, published in Russian in 1924 under the original title The Fundamental Law of Socialist Accumulation; English translation and publication by Oxford University Press in 1965, 331 pp (online in pdf format here)
The New Economic Policy of Soviet Russia and the perspectives of the world revolution, report by Leon Trotksy delivered to the Fourth World Congress of the Communist International, session of Nov 14, 1922. (Attached here as pdf: Report by Leon Trotsky on New Economic Policy to the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, 1922.docx)
The Bolsheviks and the National Question, 1917-1923, by Jeremy Smith, Palgrave Macmillan, 1999, 304 pp, ISBN 9780333727591.
Kronstadt 1921, by Paul Avrich, Princeton University Press, 1970, 288 pp, ISBN 9780691630502
Kronstadt, by V.I. Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Pathfinder Press, 1979, 208 pp, ISBN-13: 978-0-87348-883-9
Bukharin and the Bolshevik Revolution: A Political Biography, 1888-1938, by Stephen Cohen; originally published by Alfred A. Knopf Inc, 1973; Vintage paperback, 1975, ISBN 0-394-71261-7 (online in pdf here.)
The Revolution Betrayed, by Leon Trotsky, 1937, 314 pp. Available online at Marxist Internet Archive.
The Prophet Armed, and The Prophet Outcast, volumes two and three of the three-volume biography of Leon Trotsky, by Isaac Deutscher, Oxford University Press, 1963.
From Lenin to Stalin, by Victor Serge, 1937, 160 pp. (Pdf of original 1937 edition on Marxist Internet Archive.)
The Russian Revolution, from Lenin to Stalin, by E.H. Carr, The Free Press, 1979, 191 pages. (This is a summation of the first four volumes covering 1917-1929 of E.H. Carr‘s 14-volume History of Soviet Russia, published between 1950 and 1978.)
The Making of the Soviet System: Essays in the Social History of Interwar Russia, by Moshe Lewin, Pantheon Books, 1985, 354 pp, ISBN 0394543025.
Reconstructing Lenin, by Tamas Krausz, Monthly Review Press, 2015, 515 pp, ISBN 9781583674499. (A new appraisal of the ideas and legacy of VI Lenin.)
The Chinese Revolution of 1949
Tragedy of the Chinese Revolution (1925-27), by Harold Isaacs, 1938. Available online at Marxist Internet Archive.
Red Star Over China, by Edgar Snow, 1937.
The Cuban Revolution of 1959
The Second Declaration of Havana, Fidel Castro, 1962, contained in The First and Second Declarations of Havana, Pathfinder Press, 100 pp, ISBN-13: 978-0-87348-869-3. Pdf here.
Cuba: A New History, by Richard Gott, Yale University Press, 2004, 384 pp, ISBN 0-30011-114-2.
Che Guevara: Economics and Politics in the Transition to Socialism, Carlos Tablada, Pathfinder Press, 326 pp, 1986, ISBN-10: 0-87348-876-8
Inside the Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro and the Urban Underground, Julia E. Sweig, Harvard University Press, 2004, ISBN 9780674016125
Che Guevara: The Economics Of Revolution, Helen Yaffe, Palgrave MacMillan, 2009, 354 pp, ISBN 978-0-230-21821-5.