this is by no means a comprehensive list, but these books are very significant to me and have shaped me as a person. almost all the links go to goodreads, a “social” site for sharing book recommendations, reading lists, and reviews. by topic, in alphabetical order:

black liberation
The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther by Jeffery Haas
Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
The Autobiography of Malcolm X: as Told to Alex Haley by Malcolm X & Alex Haley
Black Bolshevik: An Autobiography of an African-American Communist by Harry Haywood
The Black Panthers Speak by Eric Foner, ed.
Detroit, I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution by Dan Georgakas & Marvin Surkin
Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists During the Great Depression by Robin D. G. Kelley
Live From Death Row by Mumia Abu-Jamal
In Struggle: SNCC and the Black Awakening of the 1960s by Clayborne Carson
Negroes With Guns by Robert F. Williams
Return to the Source by Amilcar Cabral
Soledad Brother by George Jackson
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

chican@ liberation
500 Años del Pueblo Chicano by Elizabeth Martínez, ed.
Chicana Feminist Thought by Alma M. Garcia, ed.
Viva La Raza: A History of Chicano Identity and Resistance by Yolanda Alaniz & Megan Cornish
Youth, Identity, Power: the Chicano Movement by Carlos Muñoz

gender and queer liberation
Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks
Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio
The Ethical Slut by Dossie Easton & Janet Hardy
Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein
Gender Outlaws: the Next Generation by Kate Bornstein & S. Bear Bergman, eds.
Jane Sexes It Up: True Confessions of Feminist Desire by Merri Lisa Johnson, ed.
Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity by mattilda berstein sycamore, ed.
Public Sex: The Culture of Radical Sex by Pat Califia
Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue by Leslie Feinberg
Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity by Julia Serano
Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis
Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape by Jaclyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti, eds.
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lourde

Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life by Jon Lee Anderson
The Class Struggle in Africa by Kwame Nkrumah
Fanshen: A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village by William Hinton
Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano
Philippine Society and Revolution by Amado Guerrero
Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The Origin and Direction of the FARC-EP by James Brittain
The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

American Trade Unionism: Principles, Organization, Strategy, Tactics by William Z. Foster

Black Bolshevik: An Autobiography of an African-American Communist by Harry Haywood
The Class Struggle in Africa by Kwame Nkrumah
The Collapse of the Soviet Union: Causes and Lessons by the International Communist Seminar (Brussels), ed.
The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
For Marx by Louis Althusser
The Foundations of Leninism by J. V. Stalin
Four Essays on Philosophy by Mao Zedong
Fundamentals of Marxism-Leninism by Otto Kuusinen
History of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Bolsheviks): A Short Course by the CPSU(B)
A History of the Modern Chinese Revolution by Ho Kan-Chih
Left-Wing Communism, an Infantile Disorder by V. I. Lenin
The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State by Friedrich Engels
Imperialism: the Highest Stage of Capitalism by V. I. Lenin
Introduction to Marx, Engels, Marxism by V. I. Lenin
Palante! by the Young Lords Party
Philippine Society and Revolution by Amado Guerrero
Return to the Source by Amilcar Cabral
Selected Readings from the Selected Works of Mao Zedong by Mao Zedong
Selected Works, Vol. 1 by Liu Shaoqi
Socialism Betrayed: Behind the Collapse of the Soviet Union by Roger Keeran & Thomas Kenny
What Is To Be Done? by V. I. Lenin

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