Marxism Reading List

Pdfs/epubs of most of these books can be found on b-ok.

For recommendations on feminism, including Marxist Feminism, see my feminism reading list.

Primary Sources

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Secondary Sources

  • Anderson, Kevin – Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity and Non-Western Societies
  • Fromm, Erich – Marx’s Concept of Man (short)
  • Hunt, Richard – The Political Ideas of Marx and Engels Volumes 1 and 2.
  • Heinrich, Michael – “Je ne suis pas marxiste” (very short)
  • Heinrich, Michael – An Introduction to the Three Volumes of Karl Marx’s Capital
  • Lebowitz, Michael – Beyond Capital: Marx’s Political Economy of the Working Class
  • Meszaros, Istvan – Social Structure and Forms of Consciousness, Volume II: The Dialectic of Structure and History (very hard but worth it)
  • Ollman, Bertell – Alienation: Marx’s Conception of Man in Capitalist Society
  • Raekstad, Paul – The Democratic Theory of the Early Marx 
  • Raekstad, Paul – Human Development and Alienation in the Thought of Karl Marx
  • Tabak, Mehmet – Dialectics of Human Nature in Marx’s Philosophy

Marxist Theory

  • Ollman, Bertell – Dance of the Dialectic: Steps in Marx’s Method
  • Lebowitz, Michael – The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development
  • Lebowitz, Michael – The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”: The Conductor and the Conducted
  • Wood, Ellen Meiksins – Democracy Against Capitalism: Renewing Historical Materialism


4 thoughts on “Marxism Reading List”

  1. Hi, good list so far, I would definitely add some of the following:

    * Harry Cleaver “Reading Capital Politically” and his new book “Rupturing the Dialectic: The Struggle against Work, Money, and Financialization”.

    * Massimo De Angelis’ beautiful book “The Beginning of History: Value Struggles and Global Capital” (looking forward to his upcoming book “Omnia Sunt Communia: The Strategy for Postcapitalism”).

    * John Holloway’s ‘Change the world without taking power’ and (the much better book) ‘Crack capitalism’.

    Which you can find here

    * Werner Bonefeld’s “Critical Theory and the Critique of Political Economy: On Subversion and Negative Reason”.

    * Moishe Postone’s “Time, Labor and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx’s Critical Theory”.

    * Anything by the Midnight Notes Collective.

  2. You should do a video on Leninism.
    The book “Bloodstained: One Hundred Years of Leninist Counterrevolution” collects all the best critiques:

    Ron Tabor (who is now an anarchist) has written some very good stuff about this, like:
    – A look at Leninism – Ron Taber:
    – The Tyranny of Theory: A Contribution to the Anarchist Critique of Marxism – Ronald D. Tabor:
    There (analytical philosopher and anarchist) Alan Carter’s critique:
    – Marx: a radical critique – Alan Carter:

    From the Marxist perspective there are these critiques of the USSR:
    – The Marxian Concept of Capital and the Soviet Experience – Paresh Chattopadhyay:
    – Capitalism and class struggle in the USSR – Neil C. Fernandez:

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