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Class War Reading List

In celebration of the radical history of the working class, we've put together this Class War Reading List. All of these books are currently 30% Off. Also, get a free Ebook (where available) and free shipping on orders over $25 inside the US.

A collection of riveting stories about working people in United States history fighting back in the darkest times. 

A powerful account of the epic clash between corporate greed and militant workers in the American Heartland. 

A harrowing look at the lives and struggles of a new generation of Chinese workers confronting the Apple-Foxconn empire and the Chinese state.

An insightful and timely analysis of how global economic restructuring will impact workers' struggles in the US.

An engaging look behind the curtain of one of America's most important companies. 

Capitalism would have us believe we need our bosses. This volume reveals the history of workers who dare to disagree. 

Le Blanc presents a colorful, fact-filled history that concentrates on the struggles and achievements of the often neglected laboring majority. 

The Class Strikes Back examines case studies of twenty-first-century workers’ struggles from both the Global North and South, highlighting the stories of workers fighting to organize and join democratic and independent unions.

A call for international solidarity to resist the assaults on labor’s power. This collection of essays by international labor activists and academics examines models of worker solidarity, different forms of labor organizations, and those models’ and organizations’ relationships to social movements and civil society. 

Illuminates key connections between the social justice movements of the last fifty years and today's most innovative labor organizing. 

This classic work sheds light on the lives and struggles of immigrant women domestic workers.

Lois Weiner explains why teachers who care passionately about teaching and social justice need to unite the energy for teaching to efforts to self-govern and transform teacher unions.

Botwinick provocatively shows that competition and technical change often militate against wage equalization, and calls for militant union organization that can once again take wages and working conditions out of capitalist competition. 

The trials and tribulations of firebrand union organizers, from the 1930s to the 1970s, are brought to life here, in their own words.

One of America's great labor historians tells the stories of America's great labor struggles. 

A classic, radical history of Black workers' contribution to the American labor movement. 

Black autoworkers fight back against exploitation and oppression on the shop floors in the '60s and '70s.

A comprehensive account of the women who organized for labor rights and equality from the early factories to the 1970’s. 

A ground-breaking history of the radical political movements that developed within the Mexican and Chicano working-class in the United States.

An account of the successful strike by mainly Mexican women workers at the largest plant in Watsonville, California.

Blow-by-blow, an eyewitness account of a hidden chapter in labor history: the Seattle General Strike of 1919.

The definitive telling of the life and times of Lucy Parsons, early American radical and labor organizer.

Though often seen as opposing ideas, Ralph Darlington engagingly traces the entwined legacies of revolutionary syndicalism and the communist movement.

Women banana workers, bananeras, are waging a powerful revolution by making gender equity central in Latin American labor organizing.

The inside story of Argentina's remarkable movement to create factories run democratically by workers themselves.

The classic biography of Eugene Debs, one of the most important thinkers and socialists in US history.

An extensive compilation of articles, speeches, press statements, and open letters by American socialist Eugene V. Debs.

The second volume of Eugene V. Debs Selected Works provides activists and scholars with a definitive trove of the famous labor leader and socialist's best work that remains readable, informative, and inspiring today.

Frank Little is considered by some to be the greatest organizer produced by the U.S. labor movement, and yet precious little has been written about the famous Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) agitator. Always on Strike chronicles and critically engages with Little’s exploits in hopes of exposing a new generation of radicals to his life, legacy, and politics.

A thought-provoking analysis of how internal migration in Gilded Age America undermined collective organizing and workers’ political power.

When Workers Shot Back argues that the escalation of working-class conflict drives rather than reacts to capital's consolidation and reorganisation.

In this video, labor historian Toni Gilpin, author of The Long Deep Grudge, reminds us of the radical history behind May Day:

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