This feature page was launched in July 2017. It lists recommended books and essays, a work in progress. Titles in red colour are books; titles in black colour are essays. Recommended essays by Roger Annis are listed in ‘Feature articles’ on the home page of A Socialist In Canada.
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: Canadian political economy after left nationalism, Paul Kellogg, University of Toronto Press, 2015, 275 pp, ISBN 0-8020-9654-8. Book summary and reviews here at publisher website.
Joining Empire: The Political Economy of the New Canadian Foreign Policy, by Jerome Klassen, University of Toronto Press, 2014, ISBN 9781442614604. Book summary and reviews here at publisher website.
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
The Ends Of The World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans And Our Quest To Understand Earth’s Past Extinctions, by Peter Brannen, Harper Collins, 2017, 322 pp, ISBN 9780062364807 (Related essay: Has the world entered a sixth, great extinction era? If not, could capitalism soon take us there?, by Roger Annis, Jan 24, 2018)
The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, And The Remaking of the Civilized World, by Jeff Goodell; Little, Brown, Oct 2017, 340 pages, . (Reviewed here in Science Magazine, here in London Review of Books and here in Weather Underground.)
Retreat From A Rising Sea, by Orrin Pilkey, Linda Pilkey-Jarvis and Keith Pilkey; Columbia University Press, 2016; 214 pp; ISBN 9780231168441
Burning Planet: The Story of Fire Through Time, by Andrew C. Scott, Oxford University Press, 2018, 231 pp, ISBN 9780198734840
Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, by Peter Hawken (editor), Penguin/Random House, April 2017, 256 pp, ISBN 9780143130444. Interview with Paul Hawken, published on VOX.com, July 21, 2017.) [Author Paul Hawken defines ‘drawdown’ as “the point in time when greenhouse gas concentrations peak in the atmosphere and begin to go down on a year-to-year basis”. The book lists seven categories of potential greenhouse gas reduction measures: energy, food, rights for women and girls, buildings and cities, land use, transport, and materials. It may be seen as a radical, ‘green capitalist’ manifesto, but it nonetheless presents many vital, scientific insights into the global warming emergency and its potential mitigations. In his interview with VOX (weblink above), Hawken cites “war” as a large contributor to the global warming emergency. He also says “it is simply not true” that 100 per cent renewable energy is a solution to the global warming emergency. He calls that a “scientific howler”.]
‘The uninhabitable Earth: What climate change could wreak, sooner than you think’, essay by David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine, July 10, 2017 (Text here, with an introduction by Roger Annis.)
Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism: Capital, Nature, and the Unfinished Critique of Political Economy, by Kohei Saito, Monthly Review Press, October 2017, 308 pp, ISBN 9781583676400. (Publisher’s promotional summary here. Reviews published here in Marx and Philosophy Review of Books, here in Monthly Review, April 2018, here in Climate and Capitalism, Jan 8, 2018 (by Paul Burkett).
Marx’s Ecology, by John Bellamy Foster, Monthly Review Press, 2000, 309 pp, ISBN 1583670122
Marx and Nature, by Paul Burkett, Haymarket Books, 309 pp, ISBN 9781608463695. (Originally published in 1999; reviewed here in 2014 by John Bellamy Foster. Paul Burkett has also authored Marxism and Ecological Economics (2009), and, with John Bellamy Foster, Marx and the Earth: An Anti-Critique (2017).)
Ecology Against Capitalism, by John Bellamy Foster, Monthly Review Press, 2002, 202 pp, ISBN 9781583670569
‘Marxism and the dialectics of ecology‘, essay by John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark, published in Monthly Review, Oct 2016
‘The planetary emergency’, essay by John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark, published in Monthly Review, December 2012
Science and Survival, by Barry Commoner, The Viking Press, 1966, 150 pp. (A seminal book of modern science that warns science has unleashed vast forces with dangerous, long-term social and biological consequences. ‘One aspect of modern technology is vastly more serious than any other issue in the history of mankind, and that is the danger of nuclear war.’)
Degrowth, by Giorgos Kallis, Agenda Publishing, January 2018, 176 pp, ISBN 9781911116806 (distributed in North America by Columbia University Press) Chapter six, titled ‘Controversies, debates and future research’, here in pdf format (41 pages): Chapter six of ‘In Defense of Degrowth’, 2018 book by Giorgis Kallis
Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science, by Carey Gillam, Island Press, 2017, 304 pp, ISBN 13 978-1-61091-832-9 (On Monsanto Corporation and its ‘Roundup’ weed killer product. Review by Joan Baxter, October 2017, here. More on Monsanto by Carey Gillam and other writers is here on the website of U.S. Right To Know.)
Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage, by Heather Rogers, The New Press, 2005, 288 pp, ISBN: 978-1-59558-120-4
The Limits To Growth: The 30-Year Update, by Donella Meadows, Jorgen Randers and Dennis Meadows, Chelsea Green Publishing Co., 2004, 338 pp, ISBN 1931498512 (A synopsis of the book by its three authors is here. An assessment written in 2014 of the original, 1972 edition of the book is here.)
World issues and globalized capitalism
Stormtroopers: A New History of Hitler’s Brownshirts, by Daniel Siemens, Yale University Press, Oct 2017, 459 pp, ISBN 978 0 300 19681 8 (Review here in London Review of Books, Feb 2018: Hitler’s stormtroopers)
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 Doomsday Machine: Confessions Of A Nuclear War Planner, by Daniel Ellsberg, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017, 432 pp, ISBN 9781608196708. (Publisher’s promotion here; review in Slate.com here; review in New York Review of Books here. Interview with Daniel Ellsberg on Feb 1, 2018, here.)
The Korean War: A History, by Bruce Cumings, Modern Library, 2010, 288 pp. ISBN 9780812978964. (This is a 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.)
Reporter: A Memoir, by Seymour M. Hersh, published by Allen Lane (Penguin), June 2018, 355 pp, ISBN 978 0 241 35952 5 (Review by Jackson Lears, Sept 2018, here in pdf format (eight pages): Review by Jackson Lears of Seymour Hersh’s ‘Reporter’.)
Imperialism, The Highest Statge of Capitalism, by VI Lenin, 1916
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 read an abstract from the book here. You can read an essay on the significance of the book (unsigned, from sometime in 2018) 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
The Great Recession, by Michael Roberts, published by Lulu, 2009, 334 pp, ISBN 9781445244082 (publisher info here) (Two essays by the same author: Capitalism – where Marx was right and wrong, July 17, 2017, and Will reversing austerity end the depression?, July 13, 2017.)
The Financialization of Housing, by Manuel Aalbers (Belgium), published by Routledge, 2016, 158pp, ISBN 9781138092907. (Reviewed here. ‘This book is not about the mortgage crisis, the credit crunch or subprime loans; it is about redlining, the identification of an area where no financial services are provided…’)
The Right To Housing, by David Madden and Peter Marcuse, Verso, 2016, ISBN 9781784783549. (Reviewed here. This book advocates the de-financialization and de-commodification of housing. It does not examine how the automobile and urban sprawl are a driving force in the global warming emergency and related deterioration of the quality of life.)
Damming the Flood: Haiti, Aristide and the Politics of Containment, by Peter Hallward, Verso, 2007. New edition with a post-earthquake postscript published in 2011.
Travesty in Haiti: A True Account of Christian Missions, Orphanages, Fraud, Food Aid and Drug Trafficking; by Tim Schwartz, self published, 2008, 332 pp, ISBN 1419698036
The Great Haiti Humanitarian Aid Swindle, by Tim Schwartz, self published, 2017, 508 pp, ISBN 1544054742 (Reviewed here, Sept 2017)
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein, Liveright, 2017, 345 pp., ISBN-13: 978-1631492853 (Reviewed here in NYRB, Feb 2018)
The Biggest Prison On Earth: A History Of The Occupied Territories, by Ilan Pappe, One World, June 2017 (Reviewed here, beginning page 41. See also by Ilan Pappe: Ten Myths About Israel, Verso, May 2017; reviewed here, beginning page 59.)
A People Betrayed: The Role of the West in Rwanda’s Genocide, by Linda Melvern, Zed Books, 2000, 272 pp, ISBN 9781856498319 (Reviewed here, June 2009.)
Marxism and socialism
The German Ideology, by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, in two volumes. Completed in 1846 but not published until 1932 (by David Riazanov through the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow). The work is the first, large exposition of Marx’s and Engels’ materialist conception of history. (Some editions include the brief ‘Theses On Feuerbach’.) Available online at Marxist Internet Archive.
The Manifesto of the Communist Party, by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, published in 1848. Written by Marx, the Manifesto drew upon Engels’ 1847 pamphlet Principles of Communism. Available online at Marxist Internet Archive.
Capital, by Karl Marx, with editorial assistance by Frederick Engels, in three volumes. Volume one published in 1867; volumes two and three completed and published posthumously by Engels following Marx’s death in 1882. This is the classic study of capitalist political economy; one of the most widely published and read books in history.
Karl Marx: His Life and Thought, by David McLellan, published by MacMillan, 1974, 498 pp, ISBN-13: 978-0060128296.
‘The roots of Karl Marx’s anti-colonialism’, essay by Thierry Drapeau, published by Jacobin Magazine, Jan 4, 2019 Through his relationship with the Chartist radical and labor poet Ernest Jones, Karl Marx came to realize the necessity of opposing slavery and colonialism in ending capitalism. Read it here in pdf format: The roots of Karl Marx’s anti-colonialism, Jan 2019.
The Materialist Conception Of History, George Plekhanov, 1897. Full text available online here 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 here on Marxists Internet Archive
Karl Marx: A Brief Biographical Sketch With an Exposition of Marxism, by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, published in 1914, available here on Marxists 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
Proposed Roads To Freedom, by Bertrand Russell, published in 1918. (This pdf attachment is chapter four of the book, titled ‘Work and Pay’, including the table of contents: Bertrand Russell, Work and Pay, 1918. The full text of the book is here.)
Marx 200: A Review Of Marx’s Economics 200 Years After His Birth, by Michzael Roberts, published by Lulu, March 2018, 176 pp, ISBN 9780244076252 (publisher info here)
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
Black Bolsheviks and white lies: Reflections on the Black radical tradition, essay by Peta Lindsay, published by The Hampton Institute, Nov 2, 2017
Homosexual Desire in Revolutionary Russia: The Regulation of Sexual and Gender Dissent, by Dan Healey, University of Chicago Press, 2001, 392 pp, ISBN 9780226322346 (reviewed here by by Gennady Shkliarevsky)
The aftermath of the Russian Revolution
The Bolsheviks and the National Question, 1917-1923, by Jeremy Smith, Palgrave Macmillan, 1999, 304 pp, ISBN 9780333727591
To See the Dawn: Baku, 1920, First Congress of the Peoples of the East, edited by John Riddell, Pathfinder Press, 1993, ISBN 0-87348-769-9 (Related essay: How socialists of Lenin’s time responded to colonialism, by John Riddell, Dec 2014
Report on the New Economic Policy to the 7th Moscow Gubernia Conference of the Russian Communist Party, by V.I. Lenin, Oct 29, 1921 (here)
Five Years of the Russian Revolution and the Prospects of the World Revolution, report by V.I. Lenin to the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, November 13, 1922 (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 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 Russian Revolution, from Lenin to Stalin, by E.H. Carr, The Free Press, 1979, 191 pages The book 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.
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.
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 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
Trotsky’s Challenge: Documents of the ‘Literary Discussion’ of 1924 and the Fight for the Bolshevik Revolution, translated, annotated, and introduced by Frederick C. Corney, published by Brill (Leiden, The Netherlands), 2015, 848 pages, ISBN 9789004217256 (in paperback by Haymarket Books, 2017, ISBN: 9781608467044)
The Making of the Soviet System: Essays in the Social History of Interwar Russia, by Moshe Lewin, Pantheon Books, 1985, 354 pp, ISBN 0394543025
From Lenin to Stalin, by Victor Serge, 1937, 160 pp. (pdf of original 1937 edition is on Marxist Internet Archive)
The Revolution Betrayed, by Leon Trotsky, 1937, 314 pp. Available online at Marxist Internet Archive.
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
Reconstructing Lenin, by Tamas Krausz, Monthly Review Press, 2015, 515 pp, ISBN 9781583674499. (A new appraisal of the ideas and legacy of VI Lenin.)
Failure of a Revolution: Germany 1918-19, by Sebastian Haffner, 1969, Banner Press translation to English in 1973, 208 pp, ISBN 0916650235
Stillborn Revolution: The Communist Bid For Power in Germany, 1921-1923, by Werner T. Angress, Princeton University Press, 1963, 513 pp
Operation Barbarossa and Germany’s Defeat in the East, by David Stahel, Cambridge Military Histories, 2009, 500 pp, ISBN-13: 9780521170154
Kiev 1941: Hitler’s Battle for Supremacy in the East, by David Stahel, Cambridge University Press, 2013, 486 pp, ISBN-13: 9781107610149
Nazi Policy on the Eastern Front, 1941: Total War, Genocide, and Radicalization, by Alex J. Kay, Jeff Rutherford, David Stahel; Boydell and Brewer, 2012, 370 pp, ISBN 9781580464079
June 22, 1941: Soviet Historians and the German Invasion, edited by Vladimir Petrov, published in 1968, contains the English translation of June 22, 1941, by Aleksandr Nekrich, published in the Soviet Union in 1965
Stalingrad: The City That Defeated the Third Reich, by Jochen Hellbeck, Public Affairs, 2015, 500 pp, ISBN 9781610394970 (Review here in Boston Globe, 2015. The book consists of an excellent, 90-page introduction by the author followed by 410 pages of testimonial by combatants of all rank in the battle of Stalingrad, which lasted six months, ending in February 1943. The testimonials were gathered on the spot by a special commission of the wartime government of the Soviet Union. Few of those testimonials have been published until this book.)
The Cold War: A World History, by Odd Arne Westad, Allen Lane, Aug 2017, 710 pp, ISBN 9780241011317. Reviewed in London Review of Books, Jan 25, 2018; read the review here in pdf format: Book review, The Cold War
The Inconsistencies of State Capitalism, essay by Ernest Mandel, 1969, 36 pp. Available online at Marxist Internet Archive.
Revolution From Above: The Demise of The Soviet System, by David Kotz with Fred Weir, Routledge, 1997, 302 pp, ISBN 0415143179
The Conundrum of Russian Capitalism: The Post-Soviet Economy in the World System, by Ruslan Dzarasov; Pluto Press, Dec 2013, 320 pp, ISBN 9780745332789
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