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TrueAnon is a popular deep politics podcast in the United States which maintains a materialist analysis of society. The following reading list is copied from their subreddit wiki, here.

Theory / Critique / Political Economy

  • Capital - Karl Marx (political economy, You know what it is)
  • What is to be Done - V.I. Lenin (Political organizing) [ep. 25]
  • State and Revolution - V.I. Lenin (Political organizing) [ep. 25]
  • No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age - Jane McAlevey (Political organizing, Unions) [ep. 25]
  • Critique of the Gotha Programme - Karl Marx (political critique) [ep. 37]
  • Psychopolitics: Neoliberalism and New Technologies of Power - Byung-Chul Han (Neoliberalism, political critique) [ep. 65]
  • Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World - William Mitchell, Thomas Fazi (Neoliberalism, political critique) [ep. ??]
  • Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism - Sheldon Wolin (Deep state, sovereignty, state crimes against democracy) {audiobook available} [ep. 135]
  • Nietzsche and Philosophy - Gilles Deleuze (Nietzsche, French philosophy, post-structuralism) [ep. 145]
  • The Communist Horizon - Jodi Dean (History of communism, political organizing) [ep. 147]
  • Comrade - Jodi Dean (Political identity, organizing) [ep. 147]
  • Neo-Colonialism: The Last Stage of Imperialism - Kwame Nkrumah (Critique, political economy, third world) [ep. 154]
  • The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy - David Graeber (Bureaucracy, social critique)
  • Debt: The First 5,000 Years - David Graeber (Social critique, history)
  • Bullshit Jobs: A Theory - David Graeber (Social critique)
  • Inventing Reality: The Politics of News Media - Michael Parenti (Media, propaganda, critique)
  • The Ecology of Freedom: The Emergence and Dissolution of Hierarchy - Murray Bookchin (social, political critique)
  • The Society of the Spectacle - Guy DeBord (Critical theory)
  • Preliminary Materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl - Tiqqun (Critical Theory)
  • Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism - Michael Parenti (History, critique)
  • Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung - Mao Zedong (political theory, organizing)
  • Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation - Silvia Federici (social critique, theory)
  • Towards Humanity: Shifting the Culture of Anti-Racism Organizing - Tawana Petty (Social critique, political organization)
  • Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People - Thomas Frank (critique)
  • Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media - Noam Chomsky, Edward S. Herman (media, propaganda, critique)
  • Aliens in America: Conspiracy Cultures from Outerspace to Cyberspace - Jodi Dean (Conspiracism, social critique)
  • Empire of Conspiracy: The Culture of Paranoia in Postwar America - Timothy Melley (Conspiracism, social critique)
  • A Culture of Conspiracy: Apocalyptic Visions in Contemporary America - Michael Barkun (Conspiracism, social critique)
  • Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? - Mark Fisher (social critique)
  • Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste - Pierre Bourdieu (social critique, culture)
  • Prison Notebooks - Antonio Gramsci (Marxism, political theory, critical theory)
  • On the Reproduction of Capitalism: Ideology And Ideological State Apparatuses - Louis Althusser (Marxism, ideology)
  • Anti-Semite and Jew - Jean Paul Sartre (investigation of antisemitism)
  • The Authoritarian Personality - Theodor Adorno, et al. (Fascism, social psychology)
  • The Conquest of Bread - Peter Kropotkin (political critique, anarchism)
  • Anarchy - Errico Malatesta (political critique, anarchism)
  • Ur-Fascism (essay) - Umberto Eco (General principles of Fascist ideology)
  • Fully Automated Luxury Communism - Aaron Bastani (FALC, Post-scarcity economics, controversial)
  • Walden - Henry David Thoreau (Transcendentalism, Naturalism)
  • Resistance to Civil Government or; On Civil Disobedience - Henry David Thoreau (Abolitionism, civil disobedience, political organizing)
  • War is a Racket - Smedly Butler (Influential anti-war text, "Business Plot," Military-Industrial Complex) {audiobook available}
  • Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil - Timothy Mitchell (Political economy, oil, energy, Middle East, US)

Nazis, prewar and postwar / "The Spider Network" / Fascist International

  • Inside the League: How Terrorists, Nazis, and Latin American Death Squads Infiltrated the World Anti-Communist League - Scott and Jon Lee Anderson (WACL, Fascist International) [ep. 25]
  • Rogue Agents - David Teacher (Le Circle) [ep. 25, 96]
  • Stepan Bandera: The Life and Afterlife of a Ukrainian Nationalist - Grzegorz Rossoliński-Liebe (OUN-B, Ukrainian Fascism) [ep. 50, episode may be referencing different Bandera biography]
  • Strange Tales of the Parapolitical: Postwar Nazis, Mercenaries, and Other Secret History - S. William Snider, Frank Zero (Deep Politics, Fascist International) [ep. ??]
  • Male Fantasies - Klaus Theweliet (Freikorps, pre-war Nazis, Psychoanalysis) [ep. 74]
  • A History of Fascism, 1914–1945 - Stanley G. Payne (History) [ep. 115]
  • The Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy - Adam Tooze (history, economics)
  • Nazi Nexus: America's Corporate Connections to Hitler's Holocaust - Edwin Black (Dark Money, Rockefellers, US/Nazi Collaboration)
  • All Honorable Men: The Story of the Men on Both Sides of the Atlantic Who Successfully Thwarted Plans to Dismantle the Nazi Cartel System - James Stewart Martin (US/Nazi Collaboration)
  • Hell's Cartel: IG Farben and the Making of Hitler's War Machine - Diarmuid Jeffreys (Nazi Germany, economics)
  • Industry and Ideology: IG Farben in the Nazi Era, 2nd ed. - Peter Hayes (Nazi Germany, industry)
  • Patents for Hitler - Guenter Reimann (US/Nazi collaboration)
  • The Vampire Economy: Doing Business under Fascism - Guenter Reimann (Nazi Germany, economics, Pre-war Nazis)
  • Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany - Robert Gellately (Social life in Nazi Germany, propaganda)
  • Blowback: America's Recruitment of Nazis and Its Destructive Impact on Our Domestic and Foreign Policy - Christopher Simpson (Post-war Nazis, Cold War, CIA)
  • The Darkest Sides of Politics vol. 1, 2 - Jeffery M. Bale (Fascist International, right wing terror, history)
  • Dreamer of the Day: Francis Parker Yockey & The Postwar Fascist International - Kevin Coogan (Fascist International, postwar Nazis)
  • Revolutionaries for the Right: Anticommunist Internationalism and Paramilitary Warfare in the Cold War - Kyle Burke (Fascist internationalism post WWII)
  • Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich - Eric Kurlander (occult, Third Reich, Pre-war Nazis, Magick) {audiobook available}

GLADIO / The Years of Lead / Post-war Italy

  • Stefano delle Chiaie: Portrait of a Black Terrorist - Stuart Christie (Strategy of Tension, terrorism, Italian right) [ep. 99]
  • Terror Counter Terror - Steve Pieczenik (Aldo Moro assassination, possible disinfo) [ep. 117]
  • NATO's Secret Armies: Operation GLADIO and Terrorism in Western Europe - Daniele Ganser (GLADIO)
  • Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance between the Vatican, the CIA, and the Mafia - Paul L. Williams (GLADIO, Fascist International)
  • The Last Supper: The Mafia, the Masons, and the Killing of Roberto Calvi - Philip Willan (P2 Lodge, post-war italy, Banco Ambrosiano)
  • Memoirs of an Italian Terrorist - Giorgio (Post-war Italy, Years of Lead)
  • Armed Struggle in Italy, 1976-1978 - Bratach Dubh (Italian Left, Years of Lead)
  • Strike One to Educate One Hundred: The Rise of the Red Brigades 1960s–1970s - Chris Aronson Beck, Reggie Emiliana, Lee Morris (Italian Left, Years of Lead)
  • Never Again Without a Rifle: The origins of Italian terrorism - Alessandro Silj (Italian Left, Years of Lead)
  • In God's Name: An Investigation Into the Murder of Pope John Paul I - David Yallop (P2, Banco Ambrosiano, South American Right)

9/11

  • Disconnecting the Dots: How 9/11 Was Allowed to Happen - Kevin Fenton (9/11, CIA) [ep. 44]
  • Crossing the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil - Michael C. Ruppert [ep. 44]
  • The 2001 Anthrax Deception: The Case for a Domestic Conspiracy - Graeme MacQueen (9/11, Anthrax) [ep. 44]
  • Anthrax: Bioterror as Fact and Fantasy - Philipp Sarasin (9/11, Anthrax, War on Terror)
  • 9/11 Synthetic Terror - Webster Griffin Tarpley (9/11, US Empire)
  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 - Lawrence Wright (9/11, US Empire)

Political Assassinations: Kennedys, MLK, etc.

  • JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters - James W. Douglass (JFK Assassination, CIA) {audiobook available} [ep. 135]
  • Dallas '63: The First Deep State Revolt Against the White House - Peter Dale Scott (JFK, CIA) {audiobook available} [ep. 135, 153]
  • Deep Politics and the Death of JFK - Peter Dale Scott (JFK, CIA) [ep. 135, 153]
  • JFK and Vietnam: Deception, Intrigue, and the Struggle for Power - John M. Newman (JFK, Vietnam withdrawal) [ep. 153]
  • JFK vs. Allen Dulles: Battleground Indonesia - Greg Poulgrain (JFK, Dulles, Indonesia, US Empire) [ep. 153]
  • The Warren Ommission - Walt Brown (Warren Commission, JFK)
  • On the Trail of the Assassins: One Man's Quest to Solve the Murder of President Kennedy - Jim Garrison (JFK)
  • Mortal Error: The Shot That Killed JFK - Bonar Menninger (DEBUNKED, JFK, "Secret Service" Theory)
  • Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace - Peter Janney (CIA, JFK)
  • Not in Your Lifetime: The Defining Book on the J.F.K. Assassination - Anthony Summers (JFK, Oswald)
  • Who Killed Bobby?: The Unsolved Murder of Robert F. Kennedy - Shane O' Sullivan (RFK)
  • A Lie Too Big to Fail: The Real History of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy - Lisa Pease (RFK)

US Elites / American Crime

  • The Coors Connection: How Coors Family Philanthropy Undermines Democratic Pluralism - Russ Bellant (Dark money, US right) [ep. 25]
  • Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years - Russ Baker (Bush Family, Deep politics, US Elites) [ep. 43]
  • Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue - Ryan Holiday (Media, Dark money) [ep. 107]
  • The Power Elite - C. Wright Mills (Deep state, American ruling class, sociology) {audiobook available} [ep. 135]
  • Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America - Nancy Maclean (US right, dark money)
  • Five Families: The Rise, Decline, and Resurgence of America's Most Powerful Mafia Empires - Selwyn Raab (US Mafia, Organized Crime)
  • The Franklin Scandal: A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal - Nick Bryant (Frankin Credit Union, US Elites)
  • The Franklin Cover-up: Child Abuse, Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska - John W. DeCamp (PARTIALLY DEBUNKED? Franklin Credit Union, US Elites)
  • Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America - Christopher Leonard (Dark money, Kochs)
  • The Farther Shores of Politics: The American Political Fringe Today - George Thayer (Kochs, right wing education) [ep. ??]
  • Thy Will Be Done: The Conquest of the Amazon : Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil - Gerard Colby, Charlotte Dennett (Rockefellers, South America, US Empire)
  • Du Pont Dynasty: Behind the Nylon Curtain - Gerard Colby (DuPont, Dark money, US Elites)
  • The Lords of Creation: The History of America's 1 Percent - Frederick Lewis Allen (US Elites, History pre-WWII, Dark money)
  • Bad Moon Rising: How Reverend Moon Created the Washington Times, Seduced the Religious Right, and Built an American Kingdom - John Gorenfeld (US Right, "Moonies", Dark Money)
  • The Plot to Seize the White House: The Shocking True Story of the Conspiracy to Overthrow FDR - Jules Archer (US Elites, US Right, "Business Plot")

The CIA

  • Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA and the Secret History of the Sixties - Tom O'Neill (Mason, CIA, Drugs) [ep. 14, 25]
  • Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Seach for Mind Control - Stephen Kinzer (CIA, MK-Ultra, Drugs) [ep. 25, 154]
  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA - Tim Weiner (CIA, history) [ep. 25]
  • The Jakarta Method - Washington's Anticommunist Crusade and the Mass Murder Program that Shaped Our World - Vincent Bevins (CIA, Fascist International) [ep. ??]
  • The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade - Alfred W. McCoy (CIA, Drugs) [ep. 135]
  • Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America - Peter Dale Scott (CIA, drug trafficking, South America) [ep. 135]
  • The Devils Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA and the Rise of America's Secret Government - David Talbot (CIA, JFK) {audiobook available} [ep. 135]
  • The Secret History of the CIA - Joseph Trento (CIA, history) [ep. 154]
  • Killing Hope: US Military & CIA Interventions since World War II - William Blum (CIA)
  • The Phoenix Program: America's Use of Terror in Vietnam - Douglas Valentine (CIA)
  • The CIA as Organized Crime - Douglas Valentine (CIA)
  • The Strength of the Wolf: The Secret History of America's War on Drugs - Douglas Valentine (CIA, Drug war)
  • Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion - Gary Webb (CIA, Drug war, Iran-Contra)
  • The Cultural Cold War - Frances Saunders (CIA, Critical theory)
  • Operation Chaos: The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Themselves - Matthew Sweet (CIA, MK-Ultra)
  • Finks: How the C.I.A. Tricked the World's Best Writers - Joel Whitney (CIA, post-war culture)
  • The Very Best Men: The Daring Early Years of the CIA - Evan Thomas (CIA, history)
  • Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press - Alexander Cockburn, Jeffery St. Clair (CIA, Drugs, Media)
  • Acid Dreams: The Complete Social History of LSD: The CIA, the Sixties, and Beyond - Martin A. Lee, Bruce Shlain (Drugs, MK Ultra, CIA)
  • A Terrible Mistake: The Murder of Frank Olson and the CIA's Secret Cold War Experiments - H. P. Albarelli Jr (CIA, MK Ultra, drugs)
  • In Search of Enemies: A CIA Story - John Stockwell (CIA, Angola, former-CIA author) {audiobook available}
  • Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala - Stephen Kinzer, Stephen Schlesinger (CIA coup, Latin America, Jacobo Arbenz) {audiobook available}
  • Merchants of Menace - Peter Butt (Nugan Hand Bank Scandal, CIA front, trafficking, Australia)

The FBI

  • A Threat of the First Magnitude: FBI Counterintelligence & Infiltration From the Communist Party to the Revolutionary Union - Aaron J Leonard, Conor A Gallagher (FBI, US leftists) [ep. 39, 102, 141]
  • Heavy Radicals - The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists: The Revolutionary Union / Revolutionary Communist Party 1968-1980 - Aaron J Leonard, Conor A Gallagher (FBI, US leftists) [ep. 39, 102, 141]
  • The Folk Singers and the Bureau: The FBI, the Folk Artists and the Suppression of the Communist Party, USA-1939-1956 - Aaron Leonard (US Intelligence, US Leftist, History) [ep. 102, 141]
  • There's Something Happening Here: The New Left, the Klan, and FBI Counterintelligence - David Cunningham (FBI, COINTELPRO, history)
  • The Eagle Has Eyes: The FBI Surveillance of César Estrada Chávez of the United Farm Workers Union of America, 1965–1975 - José Angel Gutiérrez (FBI Surveillance, Unions)
  • The FBI War on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders - John Potash (FBI, MLK, Malcolm X)

American Empire / US Intelligence Services (non-specific)

  • National Security Cinema: The Shocking New Evidence of Government Control in Hollywood - Matthew Alford, Tom Secker (US Military, culture) [ep. Moonpilled: unnumbered patreon crosspost]
  • The Yankee and Cowboy War - Carl Oglesby (US Intelligence services, JFK, Watergate) [ep. 117, 135]
  • American Exception - Aaron Good (US Empire, Deep politics, "tripartite state") [ep. 153, 154, 155, 156, 158, 160]
  • Gold Warriors: America's Secret Recovery of Yamashita's Gold - Peggy & Sterling Seagrave (US recovery of Japanese war loot, dark money) {audiobook available} [ep. 154]
  • The Puzzle Palace: Inside the National Security Agency, America's Most Secret Intelligence Organization - James Bamford (NSA, US intelligence services) [ep. 154]
  • The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America - James Bamford (National Security Agency, US intelligence services) [ep. 154]
  • Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military Operations of the Reagan Era - Steven Emerson (CIA-related, US Empire)
  • Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism - Greg Grandin (US Empire)
  • Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam - Nick Turse (Vietnam, US empire)
  • Tiger Force: A True Story of Men and War - Michael Sallah (Vietnam, US empire)
  • Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House - Peter Baker (Bush/Cheney, War in Iraq)
  • Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War - Michael Isikoff, David Corn (Iraq War, Media)
  • Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget - Tim Weiner (dark money, US Empire)
  • The Watchdogs Didn't Bark: The CIA, NSA, and the Crimes of the War on Terror - Ray Nowosielski, John Duffy (9/11, US empire, US intelligence services)
  • Cloak and Dollar: The History of American Secret Intelligence - Rhodri Jefferys-Jones (history, US intel services)
  • The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy - John Mearsheimer (US-Israel relationship, US foreign policy, Middle East) {audiobook available}
  • The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War - Stephen Kinzer (Dulles brothers, CIA, US Empire) {audiobook available}

Finance / Economics / Money Networks

  • Econned - Yves Smith ('08 Financial crisis, regulation, US economics) [ep. 11]
  • Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud - David Dayen ('08 Financial Crisis, Corporate finance, US economics) [ep. 11]
  • Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World - Adam Tooze (history, economics) [ep. 34]
  • Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right - Jane Mayer (Dark money, Kochs, US right) [ep. 107]
  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism - Naomi Klein (economics, critique)
  • Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right - Anne Nelson (Dark Money, US Elites, US Right)
  • The Outlaw Bank: A Wild Ride Into the Secret Heart of BCCI - Jonathan Beaty, S. C. Gwynne (Finance, BCCI scandal)
  • The Infiltrator: The True Story of One Man Against the Biggest Drug Cartel in History - Robert Mazur (Finance, drugs, money laundering)
  • Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History - Matt Taibbi ('08 financial crisis, history)
  • Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown - Philip Mirowski (Neoliberal economics, Great Recession, critique)

General Histories

  • NATO in the Balkans: Voices of Opposition - Ramsey Clark (NATO, Yugolsavia, History) [ep. 25]
  • Brecht and Co.: Sex, Politics, and the Making of the Modern Drama - John Fuegi (Biography, critique) [ep. 26]
  • The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916–1931 - Adam Tooze (History, economics) [ep. 34]
  • An Afghanistan Picture Show: Or, How I Saved the World - William T. Vollmann (Afghanistan, memoir) [ep. 43]
  • American Communism in Crisis, 1943-1957 - Joseph R. Starobin (US Leftists, History) [ep. 102]
  • City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles - Mike Davis (social history, economy) [ep. 104]
  • Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster - Mike Davis (history, ecology, environment) [ep. 104]
  • Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World - Mike Davis (history, economics, political critique) [ep. 104]
  • Planet of Slums - Mike Davis (history, economics, social critique) [ep. 104]
  • Nightmarch: Among India's Revolutionary Guerrillas - Alpa Shah (Naxalites, narrative) [ep. 111]
  • The British Political Fringe - George Thayer (60s, political history, overview of fringe political groups) [ep. 122]
  • Conspiracy Theory in America - Lance deHaven-Smith (Parapolitics, Deep state, role of "conspiracy" in American culture) {audiobook available} [ep. 135]
  • Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times - Amy Sonnie, James Tracy (1960s US, leftist organizing, "Rainbow Coalition") [ep. 141]
  • The Battle for China's Past: Mao and the Cultural Revolution - Mobo Gao (China, Mao, analysis of Cultural Revolution) [ep. 150]
  • Works of Michael Hudson (Economics, US Empire) [ep. 153]
  • Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent - Eduardo Galeano (History of Latin America, political economy)
  • Hezbollah: A Short History - Augustus Richard Norton (Hezbollah, history, more recent than Saad title)
  • Hizbu'llah: Politics and Religion - Amal Saad-Ghorayeb (OUTDATED, New title forthcoming from same author)
  • October: The Story of the Russian Revolution - China Mieville (History, Russian revolution)
  • Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon: Laurel Canyon, Covert Ops & the Dark Heart of the Hippie Dream - David McGowan (Manson, 60s, Social history)
  • Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 - Hunter S. Thompson (Political Critique, history)
  • Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus - Rick Perlstein (US politics, history, Goldwater)
  • Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America - Rick Perlstein (US politics, history, Nixon)
  • The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan - Rick Perlstein (US Politics, history)
  • Reaganland: America's Right Turn 1976-1980 - Rick Perlstein (US politics, history, Reagan)
  • Silent Coup: The Removal of a President - Len Colodny (Nixon, Watergate)
  • Secret Agenda: Watergate, Deep Throat, and the CIA - Jim Hougan (Nixon, Watergate, CIA)
  • To Kill A Nation - Michael Parenti (NATO bombings of Yugoslavia)
  • Bring the War Home: The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America - Kathleen Belew (White nationalism, militias, post-Vietnam history)
  • Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire - Matthew Lyons (US Right, right wing militias, white supremacy, general history, recommended over "Alt-America")
  • Alt America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump - David Neiwert (History, US Patriot Movement, Tea Party, Alt-Right )
  • The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan - Rory McVeigh (History, 2nd Wave Klan)
  • The Rise of the Alt-Right - Thomas Main (Alt-Right, intellectual history)
  • Hitler's American Model: The United States and the Making of Nazi Race Law - James Whitman (US race law and its influence in Nazi Germany)
  • Everything You Love Will Burn - Vegas Tenold (White Nationalism, history, 2016 through "Unite the Right")
  • Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm (Social psychology of fascism)
  • The New Right: A Journey to the Fringe of American Politics - Michael Malice (US right, history)
  • Gifts of deceit: Sun Myung Moon, Tongsun Park, and the Korean scandal - Robert B Boettcher ("Moonies", history)
  • The Other Side of the Sixties: Young Americans for Freedom and the Rise of Conservative Politics - John A. Andrew III (US right, YAF, 60s history)
  • Food of the Gods: A Radical History of Plants, Drugs, and Human Evolution (History, Psychedelics, Ritual)
  • The Jungle - Upton Sinclair (Historical fiction, US Labor history)
  • All the Kremlin's Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin - Mikhail Zygar (Putin, contemporary Russian politics) {audiobook available}
  • The War Nerd - Gary Brecher (John Dolan) (military history)
  • The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries - Andrei Soldatov, Irina Borogan (Contemporary Russian politics, technology in Russia, surveillance)
  • The Compatriots: The Brutal and Chaotic History of Russia's Exiles, Émigrés, and Agents Abroad - Andrei Soldatov, Irina Borogan (Russian expatriots, espionage) {audiobook available}

Epstein, Maxwells, and Co.

  • Robert Maxwell, Israel's Superspy: The Life and Murder of a Media Mogul - Gordon Thomas, Martin Dillon (Mossad, dark money, Ghilsaine's Dad) [ep. 10]
  • Filthy Rich: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein: The Billionaire's Sex Scandal - James Patterson (Epstein, limited hangout?) [ep 12, 25]
  • Maxwell: The Rise and Fall of Robert Maxwell and His Empire - Roy Greenslade (Biography, Mirror Scandal) [ep. 29]
  • Model: The Ugly Business of Beautiful Women - Michael Gross (Jean-Luc Brunel, modeling industry, human trafficking) [ep. 42, 130]
  • Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein - Bradley Edwards ('08 Case) [ep. 112]

Silicon Valley / Technology / Cyber Warfare

  • From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism - Fred Turner (Silicon Valley, military-industrial complex, liberal technocracy) [ep. 18]
  • World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech - Franklin Foer (Silicon Valley, tech corporations) [ep. 18]
  • Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor - Virginia Eubanks (automation, technocracy) [ep. 18]
  • Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet - Yasha Levine (technology, US empire) [ep. 50]
  • Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber - Mike Isaac (Silicon Valley, tech corporations) [ep. 105]
  • The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power - Shoshana Zuboff (technology) [ep. 105]
  • LIVE WORK WORK WORK DIE: A Journey into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley - Corey Pein (technology, US elites)
  • The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age - David E. Sanger (Technology, cyber war, US empire)
  • Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President: What We Don't, Can't, and Do Know - Kathleen Hall Jamieson (Technology, media, propaganda)
  • Targeted: The Cambridge Analytica Whistleblower's Inside Story of How Big Data, Trump, and Facebook Broke Democracy and How It Can Happen Again - Brittany Kaiser (Technology, media, propaganda)
  • Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America - Christopher Wylie (Technology, media, propaganda)
  • Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War - Fred Kaplan (technology, history)
  • What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry - John Markoff (Silicon Valley, US Military, history)
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup - John Carreyrou (Theranos, Silicon Valley, medical technology)

The Occult / Magick

  • Dark Star Rising: Magick and Power in the Age of Trump - Gary Lachman (Trump, Magick) [ep. ??]
  • Practical Angel Magic of Dr John Dee's Enochian Tables - Stephen Skinner, David Rankine (Magick) [ep. ??, livestreams]
  • Sinister Forces Series - Peter Levenda (Occult history)
  • Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult - Peter Levenda (Nazis, Occult History)
  • The Book of Alchemy: Learn the Secrets of the Alchemists to Transform Mind, Body, and Soul - Francis Melville (Alchemy, Magick)
  • Liber Null & Psychonaut: An Introduction to Chaos Magic - Peter J. Carroll (Chaos Magick)

UFOs

  • The Day After Roswell - Philip J. Corso (UFOs, Roswell)
  • Mirage Men: An Adventure into Paranoia, Espionage, Psychological Warfare, and UFOs - Mark Pilkington (UFOs, media, propaganda)
  • Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact - Jacques Vallée (UFOs)
  • Confrontations: A Scientist's Search for Alien Contact - Jacques Vallée (UFOs)
  • Revelations: Alien Contact and Human Deception - Jacques Vallée (UFOs)
  • Dulce Base: The Truth and Evidence from the Case Files of Gabe Valdez - Greg Valdez (Dulce Base, cattle mutilations, UFOs)

Healthcare / Medical History

  • Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next - Tim Faust (US Healthcare, single payer) [ep. 14]
  • Clouds of Secrecy: The Army's Germ Warfare Tests Over Populated Areas - Leonard A. Cole (US Military, medical testing, history)
  • Acres of Skin: Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison - Allen M. Hornblum (Medical testing, prisons, history)
  • The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Theives, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers - Scott Carney (Medical Black Market, Human trafficking)

Fiction (recommended on the podcast)

  • Double Star - Robert Heinlein [ep. Lyin' Liz]
  • Nazi Literature in the Americas - Roberto Bolaño [ep. ??]
  • Works of Isaac Babel [ep. 101]
  • Works of "Cordwainer Smith" (Paul M. A. Linebarger) [ep. 154]
  • Seven Days in May - Charles W. Bailey and Fletcher Knebel [ep. 154]
  • V - Thomas Pynchon [ep. ??]
  • Gravity's Rainbow - Thomas Pynchon [ep. ??]
  • The Illuminatus Trilogy - Robert Anton Wilson [ep. ??]
  • Works of Denis Johnson [ep. ??]
  • Underworld USA Trilogy - Jamse Ellroy

Misc

  • The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives - Ted Gup (pro-CIA?, Ghislaine Maxwell was holding in the "In-n-Out Photo") [ep. 6, 20, 35]
  • We Never Went to the Moon: America's Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle - Bill Kaysing (Father of "moon landing hoax") [ep. Moonpilled: unnumbered patreon crosspost]
  • Guilt by Accusation: The Challenge of Proving Innocence in the Age of #MeToo - Alan Dershowitz (Dershowitz refutes sexual misconduct allegations) [ep. 14]
  • The Californian Ideology - Richard Barbrook, Andy Cameron (essay, critique, liberal technocracy) [ep. 18, 150]
  • Red Zone: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of the San Francisco Dog Mauling - Aphrodite Jones [ep. 108]
  • Democratic State vs Deep State - Ola Tunander (essay, introduction to concept of the "Deep State") [ep. 135]
  • Cherry - Nico Walker (autofiction, opioid crisis, invasion of Iraq) {audiobook available} [ep. 144]
  • In Retrospect - Robert McNamara (Memoir, Vietnam, JFK) {audiobook available} [ep. 153]
  • Psychological Warfare - Paul M. A. Linebarger, aka Cordwainer Smith (Early (first?) US psy-op manual) [ep. 154]
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future - Ashlee Vance (Tesla, Elon Musk, partially sympathetic) {audiobook available} [Lamest Show on Earth part 1, 2, 3]
  • Ludicrous: The Unvarnished Story of Tesla Motors - Edward Niedermeyer (Tesla, Elon Musk) {audiobook available} [Lamest Show on Earth part 2, 3]
  • American Exception: Hegemony and the Dissimulation of the State - Aaron Good (research article, "exceptionism", Deep State)
  • Programmed to Kill: The Politics of Serial Murder - David Mcgowan (Serial Killers, media, MK Ultra)
  • Going Postal: Rage, Murder, and Rebellion: From Reagan's Workplaces to Clinton's Columbine and Beyond - Mark Ames (Rage murders, shootings, public violence)
  • Who Murdered FDR? - Stephen Ubaney (FDR assassination theory)

Right Wing / Reactionary Thought

CAVEAT: The inclusion of these titles on this list should not, in any way, be construed as an endorsement of their content or ideas. Rather, they have been included with the premise that it is important to understand, or at least be able to recognize, right wing and reactionary ideas in order to better combat them.

Some important advice from the comment where many of these titles were suggested:

"It helps to understand what the right believes and how they got there, but definitely be cautious with their books. Have someone to talk about it with so you can avoid getting sucked in."

I am sure that any user on this subreddit would be more than happy to talk with you about why the authors listed below are full of shit and/or complete psychos.

  • Bronze Age Mindset - Bronze Age Pervert (Neo-reactionary, traditionalism, meme) [ep. 26]
  • Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future - Peter Thiel (reactionary, Silicon Valley) [ep. 105, 107]
  • The Diversity Myth : Multiculturalism and Political Intolerance on Campus - David O. Sacks, Peter Thiel [ep. 107]
  • Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology - Ayn Rand (Objectivism, libertarianism) [ep. 107]
  • COVID-19: The Great Reset - Klaus Shwab ("Great Reset" theory, technocrat nonsense) [ep. 118]
  • Writing of Ludwig von Mises (Austrian School economics, classical liberalism, libertarianism) [ep. ??]
  • Writing of Murray Rothbard (Austrian School, libertarianism, anarcho-capitalism) [ep. ??]
  • The American Century - Henry Luce (American exceptionalism, imperialism)
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Robert A. Heinlein (Fiction, Elon Musk's favorite book, libertarian sci-fi, incest??) [Lamest Show on Earth part 1]
  • The Protocols of the Elders Zion - Unknown/Pro-Czar Russians (Antisemitism, state propaganda, fabrication)
  • The Turner Diaries - William Luther Pierce as Andrew MacDonald (Racism, antisemitism, white nationalist novel)
  • SIEGE - James Mason (White nationalism, Neo-nazi, Atomwaffen division)
  • White Identity - Jared Taylor (White nationalism, eugenics)
  • The Culture of Critique - Kevin MacDonald (Antisemitism, eugenics)
  • White Power - George Lincoln Rockwell (White nationalism, Neo-nazi, ANP founder)
  • The Camp of the Saints - Jean Raspail (Racism, nationalism, speculative fiction)
  • For My Legionaires - Corneliu Codreanu (Autobiography, Romanian fascist, Iron Guard founder)
  • The Death of the West - Patrick Buchanan (White nationalism, anti-immigration, paleoconservatism)
  • Revolt Against the Modern World - Julius Evola (traditionalism, European far-right)
  • The White Nationalist Manifesto - Greg Johnson (White nationalism, racism, antisemitism)
  • Pamphlets - Louis-Ferdinand Céline (antisemitism, fascism)
  • Imperium: The Philosophy of History and Politics - Francis Parker Yockey (Far right, prominent neo-nazi)
  • The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age - James Dale Davidson, William Rees-Mogg (Libertarianism, technology)
  • Anarchy, State, and Utopia - Robert Nozick (Libertarianism)
  • The Conscience of a Conservative - Barry Goldwater (US conservatism)
  • Ideas Have Consequences - Richard Weaver (US conservatism, "Western decline")
  • The Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers - John Jay, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and Alex Henry (Foundational American documents, liberalism)
  • A Debt Against the Living: An Introduction to Originalism - Ilan Wurman (Constitutional originalism)
  • The Road to Serfdom - Friedrich Hayek (Austrian School/Chicago School of economics, classical liberalism, market libertarianism)
  • A Republic, If You Can Keep It - Neil Gorsuch (Constitutional originalism, textualism, US conservatism)
  • New Deal Or Raw Deal? How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America - Burton Folsom (US conservatism, historical revisionism)
  • The Myth of the Robber Barons: A New Look at the Rise of Big Business in America - Burton Folsom (US conservatism, historical revisionism)

Left Reaction/Revision

  • The National Question and the Class Struggle - Ber Borochov (Left Zionism) [ep. 25]
  • Against the Fascist Creep - Alexander Reid Ross ("Red-Brown Alliance" conspiracy, revisionism) [ep. 31]
  • Origins of Totalitarianism - Hannah Arendt (parts, "totalitarian" revisionism) [ep. 50]
  • Marxism and Other Western Fallacies: An Islamic Critique - Ali Shariati (Left-wing reactionary)