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Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

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.

1. Understanding Marxism (2019)

Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfWhy 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. Marx was a social critic for whom capitalism was not the end of human history. It was just the latest phase and badly needed the transition to something better. We offer this essay now because of the power and usefulness today of Marx’s criticism of the capitalist economic system. eBook: https://bit.ly/2K6iI8v…
Author(s): Richard D. Wolff

2. The Communist Manifesto (2014)

Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfCheck out ngims Publishing’s other illustrated literary classics. The vast majority of our books have original illustrations, free audiobook download link at the end of the book, navigable Table of Contents, and are fully formatted. Browse our library collection by typing in ngims or ngims plus the title you’re looking for, e.g. ngims Gulliver’s Travels.Free ebooks on the web are not organized for easy reading, littered with text errors and often have missing contents. You will not find another beautifully formatted classic literature ebook that is well-designed with…
Author(s): Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels

3. Main Currents of Marxism: The Founders – The Golden Age – The Breakdown (2008)

Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfLeszek 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. He now presents, for the first time in one paperback volume, his definitive Main Currents of Marxism: “A prophetic work,” according to the Library of Congress, that provides “the most lucid and comprehensive history of the origins, structure, and posthumous development…
Author(s): Leszek Kolakowski, P. S. Falla

4. Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (2000)

Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn 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. Marxist analyses tend to presuppose European models of history and experience that downplay the significance of black people and black communities as agents of change and resistance. Black radicalism must be linked to the traditions of Africa and the unique experiences of blacks on western continents, Robinson argues, and any analyses of African American history need to…
Author(s): Cedric J. Robinson, Robin D. G. Kelley

5. An Anthropology of Marxism (2019)

Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfAn Anthropology of Marxism offers Cedric Robinson’s analysis of the history of communalism that has been claimed by Marx and Marxists. Suggesting that the socialist ideal was embedded both in Western and non-Western civilizations and cultures long before the opening of the modern era and did not begin with or depend on the existence of capitalism, Robinson interrogates the social, cultural, institutional, and historical materials that were the seedbeds for communal modes of living and reimagining society. Ultimately, it pushes back against Marx’s vision of a better society as rooted in a…
Author(s): Cedric J. Robinson

6. Marxism and Literature (Marxist Introductions) (1978)

Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis book extends the theme of Raymond Williams’s earlier work in literary and cultural analysis. He analyzes previous contributions to a Marxist theory of literature from Marx himself to Lukacs, Althusser, and Goldmann, and develops his own approach by outlining a theory of `cultural materialism’ which integrates Marxist theories of language with Marxist theories of literature.Williams moves from a review of the growth of the concepts of literature and idealogy to a redefinition of `determinism’ and `hegemony’. His incisive discussion of the ‘social material process’ of cultural activity culminates in…
Author(s): Raymond Williams

7. A History of Russian Thought from the Enlightenment to Marxism (1979)

Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis 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. Andrzej Walicki is the author of four other books including “Legal Philosophies of Russian Liberalism”….
Author(s): Andrzej Walicki

8. Queer Marxism in Two Chinas (2015)

Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn 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. He challenges the persistence of Cold War formulations of Marxism that position it as intellectually incompatible with queer theory, and shows how queer Marxism offers a nonliberal alternative to Western models of queer…
Author(s): Petrus Liu

9. Introducing Marxism: A Graphic Guide (2005)

Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfWas 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….
Author(s): Rupert Woodfin, Oscar Zarate

10. Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Toward a Unitary Theory (Historical Materialism) (2014)

Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfLise 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….
Author(s): Lise Vogel , Susan Ferguson, et al.

11. Marx: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (2018)

Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your BookshelfKarl 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. Presenting Marx as a philosopher primarily concerned with human freedom, rather than as an economist or a social scientist, Singer explains Marx’s key ideas on alienation, historical materialism, and the economic theory of Capital, in plain English.In…
Author(s): Peter Singer

Best Marxism Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

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 marxism 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.

The Fate of the Russian Revolution "Lost Texts of Critical Marxism" v.I

Author(s): Sean Matgamna (editor)
Publisher: Phoenix Press, Year: June 1998, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2298572

The End of the Democratic State

Author(s): Jean-Numa Ducange, Razmig Keucheyan
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2251771

Marxism, Ethics and Politics: The Work of Alasdair MacIntyre

Author(s): John Gregson
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2296733

Marxism and Left-Wing Politics in Europe and Iran

Author(s): Yadullah Shahibzadeh
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2310912

Case Studies in the Origins of Capitalism

Author(s): Xavier Lafrance, Charles Post
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2311398

Alienation and Emancipation in the Work of Karl Marx

Author(s): George C. Comninel
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2314153

An Anthropology of Marxism

Author(s): Cedric J. Robinson
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, Year: 2019, Size: 700 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2322900

Revolution and Its Alternatives: Other Marxisms, Other Empowerments, Other Priorities

Author(s): Tom Brass
Publisher: Brill, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2342596

The Brazilian Left in the 21st Century: Conflict and Conciliation in Peripheral Capitalism

Author(s): Vladimir Puzone, Luis Felipe Miguel
Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2019, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2354255

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.

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