Library:Midwestern Marx recommended readings

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This is the Midwestern Marx online library as of December 2021.[1]

This page is a work in progress, as we're still linking all of the bullet points to their corresponding pages. For pages which lack a ProleWiki Library entry, we will link to the external site.

Classics of Marx and Engels

Classics of Lenin

  • What is to be Done?
  • Imperialism
  • State and Revolution
  • Left-Wing Communism; An Infantile Disorder​
  • Materialism and Empirio-Criticism
  • The Development of Capitalism in Russia
  • On the Question of Dialectics

Classics of Mao

  • On Contradiction
  • On Practice  
  • On the Correct Handling of Contradictions Among the People​​​

Other 19th and 20th Century Marxist/Post Marxist Works

  • Lafargue's The Right to be Lazy
  • Kollontai's Selected Works
  • Luxenburg's Reform or Revolution
  • Lukac's History and Class Consciousness
  • ​Mariategui's Seven Essays of Interpretation of Peruvian Reality
  • Marcuse's One-Dimensional Man
  • Debord's Society of the Spectacle
  • ​Hardt & Negri's Empire
  • Althusser's Reading Capital
  • ​Althusser Selected Writings
  • ​Thompson's The Poverty of Theory
  • Gramsci's Prison Notebooks
  • Foster's Marx's Ecology

Classic Works That Helped Form Marxist Thought

  • Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit
  • Hegel's The Science of Logic
  • Hegel's Encyclopedia
  • Feuerbach's The Essence of Christianity
  • Fourier's Theory of the Four Movements
  • Morgan's Ancient Societies
  • Smith's The Wealth of Nations

Anti Colonial/Anti Imperialist

  • Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth
  • ​Cesaire's Return to my Native Land
  • Cabral's Selected Works
  • Che Guevarra's Selected Works
  • Fidel's Selected Works
  • Dussel's Collected Works
  • Connolly's Selected Works​​​​

US Socialists

  • Flynn's The Rebel Girl; Biography
  • Debs' Selected Works
  • Foster's The New Political Basis for a Labor Party in the US
  • Haywood's Industrial Socialism
  • DeLeon's Reform or Revolution
  • Foster's Towards a Soviet America
  • ​H. Haywood Selected Works


  • Zinn's A People's History of the United States
  • Perkins' Confessions of an Economic Hitman
  • Parenti's History as Mystery
  • Parenti's Blackshirts and Reds
  • Brecher's Strike!
  • Polanyi's The Great Transformation
  • Prashad's The Darker Nations​​​
  • Blum's Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII

Lectures and Documentaries

  • Michael Parenti Lecture
  • Harry Bridges A Man and His Union
  • Richard Wolff On Coop Socialism ​
  • David Harvey Reading Capital Lecture Series
  • David Harvey The Grundrisse Lecture Series
  • Andrew Feenberg On Lukac's Reification
  • Paul Robeson Here I Stand
  • Gregory Sadler 30 Minute Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit Series
  • Thomas Sankara The Upright Man