Created in the wake of the November election, our newest bookstore section, “Pedagogies of Resistance,” is designed to act as an educational course in revolutionary competence. These texts build upon one another to highlight the motivations, ideas, successes, and failures that define past and present revolutionary movements in order to illuminate possibilities for current and future movement builders.
These titles below, selected from a developing list of nearly 100 books, are available for purchase via our online store. The rest can be found on a visit to our bookstore–we hope you’ll come by to check out our new section. Our democracy needs every one of us to be as informed and engaged as possible! Arm yourself with information.
Verso Book of Dissent; edited by Andrew Hsaio and Audrea Lim (Verso, 2016). A freshly updated edition of this classic compendium is perfect at any stage of your revolutionary education, from the budding iconoclast to the revolutionary scholar. Global in scope and vast in its historic reach, this collection draws from folk songs and poems, manifestos, speeches, pamphlets, and plays, thus expressing the ultimate power of words and ideas in all revolutionary movements.
Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America; Peniel E. Joseph (Holt, 2007). Masterful in its scope and nuance, this indelible history illuminates the interconnections between the more mainstream Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement, often pitted against one another in traditional history books. Joseph traces the ways in which individuals and ideas moved in, through, and around both movements, shattering widely held notions about the Black Power Movement and its adherents.
Anti-Intellectualism in American Life; Richard Hofstadter (Vintage, 1966). Our President-Elect embodies anti-intellectualism to the point of farce. From his rejection of daily intelligence briefings (“I don’t have to be told–you know, I’m, like, a smart person,”) to his denial of climate science, to his repeated use of the non-word “bigly,” it was nearly impossible for many of us to imagine him sitting in the Oval Office. But here we are again, and again, and again, and again…
Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals; Saul Alinsky (Vintage, 1989). This playbook, originally published in 1971, is one of the earliest definitive texts of the modern community organizing movement. Utilized by organizers on all sides and edges of the political spectrum, consider this your 101 entry point to the world of practical organizing.
Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace; Vandana Shiva (North Atlantic, 2015). Monsanto got you down? Want to do something about the future of food? In India, women and farmers are at the vanguard of the environmental justice movement. Learn from their ways.
Citizen: An American Lyric; Claudia Rankine (Graywolf, 2014). “So groundbreaking is Rankine’s work that it’s almost impossible to describe; suffice it to say that this is a poem that reads like an essay (or the other way around) — a piece of writing that invents a new form for itself, incorporating pictures, slogans, social commentary and the most piercing and affecting revelations to evoke the intersection of inner and outer life.”—Los Angeles Times
The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues; Angela Y. Davis, introduction by Robin D.G. Kelley (City Lights, 2012). This collection of speeches enlightens connections between seemingly distinct societal ills, such as misogyny, racism, incarceration, capitalism, queerness, and conservatism, with the sort of enlivening prose that can’t help but inspire action.
Struggle for the Land: Native north American Resistance to Genocide, Ecocide and Colonization; Ward Churchill; introduction by Winona LaDuke (City Lights, 2002). This seminal book established Churchill as an intellectual force to be reckoned with in indigenous land rights debates. Required reading for anyone interested in Native North America and ecological justice. Revised and expanded edition.
America at War with Itself; Henry A, Giroux, Foreword by Robin D.G. Kelly (City Lights, 2016). Giroux directly confronts the Trump administration with clarity, wit, and wide-reaching intellect.