While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Marxism books.
- Understanding Marxism (2019)
- The Communist Manifesto (2014)
- Main Currents of Marxism: The Founders – The Golden Age – The Breakdown (2008)
- Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (2000)
- An Anthropology of Marxism (2019)
- Marxism and Literature (Marxist Introductions) (1978)
- A History of Russian Enlightenment to Marxism (1979)
- Queer Marxism in Two Chinas (2015)
- Introducing Marxism: A Graphic Guide (2005)
- Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Toward a Unitary Theory (Historical Materialism) (2014)
- Marx: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2018)
Understanding Marxism (2019)
Why should we pay attention to the great social critics like Marx? Americans, especially now, confront serious questions and evidences that our capitalist system is in trouble. It clearly serves the 1% far, far better than what it is doing to the vast mass of the people.
The Communist Manifesto (2014)
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Main Currents of Marxism: The Founders – The Golden Age – The Breakdown (2008)
Leszek Kolakowski’s masterpiece, one of the twentieth century’s most important books―for the first time in a one-volume paperback. Renowned philosopher Leszek Kolakowski was one of the first scholars to reveal both the shortcomings and the dangers posed by communist regimes.
Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (2000)
In this ambitious work, first published in 1983, Cedric Robinson demonstrates that efforts to understand black people’s history of resistance solely through the prism of Marxist theory are incomplete and inaccurate.
An Anthropology of Marxism (2019)
An Anthropology of Marxism offers Cedric Robinson’s analysis of the history of communalism that has been claimed by Marx and Marxists.
Marxism and Literature (Marxist Introductions) (1978)
This book extends the theme of Raymond Williams’s earlier work in literary and cultural analysis.
A History of Russian Enlightenment to Marxism (1979)
This study, first published in 1980, offers a synthesis of Russian intellectual history from the reign of Catherine II to the end of the 19th century. It emphasizes philosophy but also discusses the European political, social and economic ideas that expanded Russian intellectual horizons.
Queer Marxism in Two Chinas (2015)
In Queer Marxism in Two Chinas Petrus Liu rethinks the relationship between Marxism and queer cultures in mainland China and Taiwan. Whereas many scholars assume the emergence of queer cultures in China signals the end of Marxism and demonstrates China's political and economic evolution, Liu finds the opposite to be true.
Introducing Marxism: A Graphic Guide (2005)
Was Marx himself a ‘Marxist’? Was his visionary promise of socialism betrayed by Marxist dictatorship? Is Marxism inevitably totalitarian? What did Marx really say? “Introducing Marxism” provides a fundamental account of Karl Marx’s original philosophy, its roots in 19th century European ideology, his radical economic and social criticism of capitalism that inspired vast 20th century revolutions.
Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Toward a Unitary Theory (Historical Materialism) (2014)
Lise Vogel revisits classical Marxian texts, tracking analyses of “the woman question” in socialist theory and drawing on central theoretical categories of Marx’s Capital to open up an original theorization of gender and the social production and reproduction of material life. Includes Vogel’s article, “Domestic Labor Revisited” which extends and clarifies her main theoretical innovations.
Marx: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2018)
Karl Marx is one of the most influential philosophers of all time, whose theories have shaped and directed political, economic, and social thought for 150 years. Considering Marx’s life and impact, renowned philosopher Peter Singer identifies the central vision that unifies Marx’s thought, enabling us to grasp Marx’s views as a whole.
Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf
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The Fate of the Russian Revolution "Lost Texts of Critical Marxism" v.I
Author(s): Sean Matgamna (editor)
ID: 2298572, Publisher: Phoenix Press, Year: June 1998, Size: 19 Mb, Format: pdf
Contemporary Readings in Marxism: A Critical Introduction
Author(s): Ravi Kumar
ID: 3334144, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2023, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf
The Specter of Materialism: Queer Theory and Marxism in the Age of the Beijing Consensus
Author(s): Petrus Liu
ID: 3518602, Publisher: Duke University Press Books, Year: 2023, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really record-breakers according to USA Today, others are composed 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.