Books for changing the world

Haymarket Books For Resisting Empire

“The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.” —Muhammad Ali on refusing to fight in Vietnam

The myth of American innocence is perpetually reinvented in the face of an unprecedented history of violence, upheld by bipartisan consensus and a pliant corporate media.

The US also has a long tradition of resistance to war and militarism—often including the participation of active-duty soldiers and veterans—as well as settler colonialism and cruel border enforcement, and it is a history that urgently needs to be remembered in the weeks and months ahead. 

To aid in uplifting that tradition, and to better equip the movement against imperialism for the struggles to come, we offer a reading list on the tremendous violence carried out by the American Empire, and the heroic efforts of those who oppose it.

No to imperialism. Open the borders. Refugees welcome. Unconditional support to war resisters. 

In Border and Rule, one of North America’s foremost thinkers and immigrant rights organizers delivers an unflinching examination of migration as a pillar of global governance and gendered racial class formation.

Countering the chorus of anti-immigrant voices that have grown increasingly loud in the current political moment, No One is Illegal exposes the racism of anti-immigration vigilantes and puts a human face on the immigrants who risk their lives to cross the border to work in the United States.

An in-depth look at Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and the preexisting crisis of colonialism that conditioned this historic disaster.

A Voice of Witness collection of oral histories that tell the stories of youth refugees fleeing their home countries in Central America and traveling for hundreds of miles seeking safety and protection in the United States.

A story of resistance, repression, and US policy in Honduras in the aftermath of a violent military coup.

Turning the Tide succinctly and powerfully addresses three interrelated questions: What is the aim and impact of the U.S. Central American policy? What factors in U.S. society support and oppose current policy? And how can concerned citizens affect future policy?

Two of the left’s most important academics analyze the politics and economics of US imperialism’s relationship with Latin America.

This classic book is the first truly comprehensive history of American imperialism.

How We Go Home shares contemporary Indigenous stories in the long and ongoing fight to protect Native land and life.

This thoughtful, in-depth account of Native struggles against environmental and cultural degradation features chapters on the Seminoles, the Anishinaabeg, the Innu, the Northern Cheyenne, and the Mohawks, among others. 

A compelling and timely account of the corruption, corporatization, and militarization of science in the United States.

In these intimate and wide-ranging conversations, Eqbal Ahmad discusses nationalism, ethnic conflict, the politics of memory, and liberation struggles around the world.

From Mark Twain to the movement against the war in Vietnam, this is the story of ordinary Americans challenging empire.

Michael Schwartz gets behind the headlines, revealing the real dynamics of the Iraq debacle and its legacy.

This book examines the historic relationship between anti-Muslim racism and the agenda of empire building.

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

In this essential work, journalist Ali Abunimah takes a comprehensive look at the shifting tides of the politics of Palestine and the Israelis in a neoliberal world and makes a compelling and surprising case for why the Palestine solidarity movement just might win.

This edited volume makes an impassioned and informed case for the central place of Palestine in socialist organizing and of socialism in the struggle to free Palestine.

A former US Army Ranger walks across America for a fallen comrade and finds his voice as a war resister.

The Changing Face of Empire is a devastating anatomy of the U.S. military’s new six-point program for twenty-first-century war.

Explores the distinctive instruments of American ascent to global domination and hegemony--including covert intervention, client elites, psychological torture, and surveillance.

For as long as there have been rich nations and poor nations, debt has been a powerful force for maintaining the unequal relations between them. In this ground-breaking history, renowned economist Éric Toussaint argues for a radical reversal of this balance of accounts through the repudiation of sovereign debt.

"Can't Pay, Won't Pay is a clear, readable, and hugely powerful account of debt resistance in the age of financialized capitalism. Debt Collective brilliantly summarizes the contradictions of debt-fueled growth, and demonstrates how ordinary people can work together to resist it. Can't Pay, Won't Pay is the bible of debt resistance—a must-read for activists and academics alike." —Grace Blakeley 

Investigative journalist and bestselling author Nick Turse exposes the shocking expansion of the U.S. military’s covert wars in Africa.

Joe Allen examines the lessons of the Vietnam era with the eye of both a dedicated historian and an engaged participant in today’s antiwar movement.

The story of the soldiers who spoke their conscience and helped end the war in Vietnam.

From the election from hell to the future according to Donald Trump, A Nation Unmade by War surveys American exceptionalism in the age of absurdity.

My Seditious Heart collects the work of a two-decade period when Arundhati Roy devoted herself to the political essay as a way of opening up space for justice, rights, and freedoms in an increasingly hostile world. Radical and superbly readable, these essays speak always in defense of the collective, of the individual and of the land, in the face of the destructive logic of financial, social, religious, military, and governmental elites.

This collection of Howard Zinn's speeches on protest movements, racism, war, and US history, many never before published, covers more than four decades of his active engagement with the audiences he inspired with his humor, insight, and clarity.

A sweeping, essential analysis of how, following 9/11, Middle Eastern Studies was transformed in the service of Empire. 

Indefensible powerfully argues for a genuine internationalism that supports mass struggles for freedom and democracy, no matter what regime they are fighting against, and suggests steps that can be taken to end ongoing violence while promoting democracy and human rights.

Here, with critical notes and context, are V.I. Lenin’s Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism and Nikolai Bukharin’s Imperialism and World Economy. These foundational texts are both essential for understanding the nature of imperialism and war historically—and today.

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