Books for changing the world

Abolition Means No War!

Racist incarceration and deportation regimes at home, military bases, occupations, and drone wars abroad—all technologies of violent social control utilized by states to preserve the interests of elite classes, maintaining the cruelty and inequality of the status quo. Abolition means no to prison and police, no to borders and deportations, and no to war!

We've put together an abolitionist reading list exploring the connections between these technologies of state violence, with particular focus on the movement against war and miltarism.

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. 

Forthcoming: Pre-order here. In a sweep through seven centuries from 1350 to 2050, the work explains how catastrophes—pandemics, wars, and climate crisis—have shaped the destiny of empires and world orders.

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

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

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

Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan describe, in their own words, the crimes of war they witnessed.

A brilliant indictment of US imperial power.

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

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. 

 A reporter’s first-hand, close-up-and-personal look at the impact of our recent wars on America’s unlucky soldiers.

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. 

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

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

The Violent American Century addresses the U.S.-led transformations in war conduct and strategizing that followed 1945.

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

An award-winning journalist tells the hidden story of American soldiers turning against an unjust war. 

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

An Iraq war veteran's powerful testament to the true cost of war.

The definitive account of GI resistance to the Vietnam War. With an introduction by Howard Zinn.

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

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

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.

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 compelling argument that re-building the international labor movement requires solidarity with migrant workers and opening borders.

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.

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