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The Stop Trump Reading List from Haymarket Books

Our slogan at Haymarket Books is "Books for Changing the World." But books alone can't change the world; ideas become a material force only through the people who organize and fight for change.

In a sense our entire catalog is made up of "books to stop Trump and the grotesque system that spawned him;" we publish books of radical politics, theory, and history intended to arm those looking to understand the world in order to change it.

In that spirit, we've put together this short list for all of you who are looking for resources to understand Trump's election, how we got to this point, and how we can organize to fight for a better world:

Hope in the Dark
by Rebecca Solnit

Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire by Deepa Kumar

The Democrats: A Critical History by Lance Selfa

No One Is Illegal: Fighting Racism and State Violence at the U.S.-Mexico Border by Justin Akers Chacón and Mike Davis

For Young People: 101 Changemakers: The Rebels and Radicals Who Changed U.S. History, edited by Michele Bollinger and Dao X. Tran





Splinterlands by John Feffer

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Things that Can and Cannot Be Said by Arundhati Roy and John Cusack

The United States of Fear by Tom Engelhardt

Subterranean Fire: A History of Working-Class Radicalism in the United States by Sharon Smith

Howard Zinn Speaks, edited by Anthony Arnove

The Nazis, Capitalism, and the Working Class by Donnie Gluckstein

The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan by Dahr Jamail

Rich People Things by Chris Lehmann



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  • No One Is Illegal

    No One Is Illegal debunks the leading ideas behind the often-violent right-wing backlash against immigrants.
  • The United States of Fear

    With piercing wit and brutal insight, Tom Engelhardt tours the future ruins of the American empire.
  • 101 Changemakers

    101 profiles of social justice leaders that changed the world, made accessible for students in grades 5-9.
  • Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

    Islamophobia examines the origins of the ongoing assault on Muslims and Arabs in the U.S., and the "war on terror"
  • From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

    Winner of the 2016 Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book
  • Freedom Is a Constant Struggle

    Activist, teacher, author and icon of the Black Power movement Angela Davis talks Ferguson, Palestine, and prison abolition.
  • Hope in the Dark

    Solnit reminds us of how changed the world has been by the activism of the past five decades.
  • Things that Can and Cannot Be Said

    In this rich dialogue on surveillance, empire, and power, Roy and Cusack describe meeting NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden in Moscow.
  • Splinterlands

    Julian West, looking backwards from 2050, tries to understand why the world and his family have fallen apart.