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Best Communism Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Here is a list of the best Communism books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. The Principles of Communism (2013)

Best Communism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn 1847 Friedrich Engels, lifelong friend and collaborator of Karl Marx, was commissioned to write a catechism for the Communist League. He produced the “Draft of A Communist Confession of Faith.” The draft, which expressed the outlook developed by Marx and Engels, was not published. A second draft written soon after entitled “The Principles of Communism” is the piece contained here. Neither was published by the League, though Marx used the drafts as the basis for writing “The Communist Manifesto” in 1848. #387,377 in Books (See Top 100 in…
Author(s): Friedrich Engels

2. Communism: A History (Modern Library Chronicles) (2003)

Best Communism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfWith astonishing authority and clarity, Richard Pipes has fused a lifetime’s scholarship into a single focused history of Communism, from its hopeful birth as a theory to its miserable death as a practice. At its heart, the book is a history of the Soviet Union, the most comprehensive reorganization of human society ever attempted by a nation-state. This is the story of how the agitation of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, two mid-nineteenth-century European thinkers and writers, led to a great and terrible world religion that brought down a mighty empire, consumed the world in…
Author(s): Richard Pipes

3. The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism (The Politically Incorrect Guides) (2017)

Best Communism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe worst idea in history is back.Communism has wrecked national economies, enslaved whole peoples, and killed more than a hundred million men and women. What’s not to like? Too many young Americans are supporting communism. Millennials prefer socialism to capitalism, and 25 percent have a positive view of Lenin. One in four Americans believe that George W. Bush killed more people than Josef Stalin. And 69 percent of Millennials would vote for a socialist for president.They ought to know better. Communism is the most dangerous idea in world…
Author(s): Paul Kengor

4. Communism for Kids (2017)

Best Communism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfOnce upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true? This little book proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true to its ideals and free from authoritarianism. Offering relief for many who have been numbed by Marxist exegesis and given headaches by the earnest pompousness of socialist politics, it presents political theory in the simple terms of a children’s story, accompanied by illustrations of lovable little revolutionaries experiencing their political awakening.It all unfolds like a story, with jealous princesses, fancy swords, displaced…
Author(s): Bini Adamczak

5. The Naked Communist: Exposing Communism and Restoring Freedom (Freedom in America) (Volume 2) (2017)

Best Communism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfA timely update to the phenomenal national bestseller.Soon after its quiet release during the height of the Red Scare in 1958, The Naked Communist: Exposing Communism and Restoring Freedom exploded in popularity, selling almost two million copies to date and finding its way into the libraries of the CIA, the FBI, the White House, and homes all across the United States. From the tragic falls of China, Korea, Russia, and the UN, to the fascinating histories of Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers, Elizabeth Bentley, and General MacArthur, The Naked Communist lays out the…
Author(s): W. Cleon Skousen , Paul B. Skousen , et al.

6. The Rise and Fall of Communism (2011)

Best Communism Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf“A work of considerable delicacy and nuance….Brown has crafted a readable and judicious account of Communist history…that is both controversial and commonsensical.”—Salon.com“Ranging wisely and lucidly across the decades and around the world, this is a splendid book.”—William Taubman, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Khrushchev: The Man and His EraThe Rise and Fall of Communism is the definitive history from the internationally renowned Oxford authority on the subject. Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford…
Author(s): Archie Brown

7. How We Survived Communism & Even Laughed (2016)

Best Communism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis essay collection from renowned journalist and novelist Slavenka Drakulic, which quickly became a modern (and feminist) classic, draws back the Iron Curtain for a glimpse at the lives of Eastern European women under Communist regimes. Provocative, often witty, and always intensely personal, How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed cracks open a paradoxical world that through its rejection of capitalism and commoditization ends up fetishizing both. Examining the relationship between material goods and expressions of happiness and individuality in a society where even bananas were an alien luxury,…
Author(s): Slavenka Drakulic

8. Communism: The Great Misunderstanding (2019)

Best Communism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis important volume clarifies Marxism, defines communism, and distinguishes the latter from collectivism. It effectively analyzes why communism (and socialism with it) has historically been so misunderstood, where we are now, and where the world will go from here. #639,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #623 in Social Philosophy #682 in Political Ideologies #1054 in Sociology of Class Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Gennady Ermak

9. Central and East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy (2018)

Best Communism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfNow in a fully updated edition, this essential text explores the other half of Europe—the new and future members of the European Union along with the problems and potential they bring to the region and to the world stage. Clear and comprehensive, it offers an authoritative and up-to-date analysis of the transformations and realities in Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltics, and Ukraine. Divided into two parts, the book presents a set of comparative country case studies as well as thematic chapters on key issues, including EU and NATO expansion,…
Author(s): Sharon L. Wolchik, Jane Leftwich Curry

10. The Romance of American Communism (2020)

Best Communism Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf“Before I knew that I was Jewish or a girl I knew that I was a member of the working class.” So begins Vivian Gornick’s exploration of how the world of socialists, communists, and progressives in the 1940s and 1950s created a rich, diverse world where ordinary men and women felt their lives connected to a larger human project. Now back in print after its initial publication in 1977 and with a new introduction by the author, The Romance of American Communism is a landmark work of new journalism, profiling American Communist Party members and fellow travelers as they joined the Party, lived within its…
Author(s): Vivian Gornick

Communism, capitalism, work, crisis, and the market, described in simple storybook terms and illustrated by drawings of adorable little revolutionaries. Once upon a time, people yearned to be free of the misery of capitalism. How could their dreams come true? This little book proposes a different kind of communism, one that is true Books shelved as communism: Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzh The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression is a 1997 book by Stéphane Courtois, Nicolas Werth, Andrzej Paczkowski and several other European academics documenting a history of political repressions by Communist states, including genocides, extrajudicial executions, deportations, killing population in labor camps and artificially “Communism”, in Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies, ed. Gaetana Marrone – P. Puppa, Routledge, New York, London, 2006. Beer, Max. The General History of Socialism and Social Struggles Volumes 1 & 2. New York, Russel and Russel, Inc. 1957. Daniels, Robert Vincent. A Documentary History of Communism and the World: From Revolution to Collapse. The best books on Communism recommended by Robert Conquest. Esteemed historian of the Soviet Union recommends five books on Communism, from novels and personal narratives to theoretical works.

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some communism books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Fully Automated Luxury Communism

Author(s): Aaron Bastani
Publisher: Verso, Year: 2019-06, Size: 417 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2386750

Reshaping Poland’s Community after Communism

Author(s): Helena Chmielewska-Szlajfer
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2251325

Navigating the Zeitgeist: A Story of the Cold War, the New Left, Irish Republicanism, and International Communism

Author(s): Helena Sheehan
Publisher: Monthly Review Press, Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2354848

Revolutionary Desires: Women, Communism, and Feminism in India

Author(s): Ania Loomba
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2019, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2355819

Creating the Intellectual: Chinese Communism and the Rise of a Classification

Author(s): Eddy U
Publisher: University of California Press, Year: 2019, Size: 9 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2363102

Fully Automated Luxury Communism: A Manifesto

Author(s): Aaron Bastani
Publisher: Verso, Year: 2019, Size: 871 Kb, Download: pdf
ID: 2370099

Afterlives of Chinese Communism

Author(s): Christian Sorace, Ivan Franceschini, Nicholas Loubere
Publisher: ANU Press, Verso Books, Year: 2019, Size: 10 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2382926

Communism and Poetry: Writing Against Capital

Author(s): Ruth Jennison, Julian Murphet
Publisher: Springer International Publishing; Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2408074

‘True Democracy’ as a Prelude to Communism: The Marx of Democracy

Author(s): Alexandros Chrysis
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2179116

Marx’s Dream: From Capitalism to Communism

Author(s): Tom Rockmore
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2231322

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely hot items according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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