This is a curated list of books I’ve enjoyed and recommend, organized by subject. I also have a list of Recommended Articles.
Capitalism, Socialism & Working-Class Politics
This book presents the court transcript from 1941 when leaders of the Minneapolis labor movement and the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) were tried under the Smith Act for seditious conspiracy for conducting a militant non-violent organizing campaign in trucking and for espousing revolutionary ideas. James P. Cannon, then National Secretary of the SWP, used the trial to present one of the clearest and most-readable explanations of revolutionary socialist politics and principles you’ll find anywhere. The book includes photos, glossary and index.
“Socialism on Trial is a work written more than half a century ago, but it shows many economic and political similarities to current day America. […] Cannon knew that it wasn’t simply socialism on trial, but the precious commodity of free speech.” – Foreword Reviews
Like Socialism on Trial above, this book also presents a readable and comprehensive overview of its subject — this time the Cuban Revolution. For 60 years the U.S. government has been lying about Cuba. Many Americans have heard and read little else. One can’t really judge Cuba, or any subject, based on just one perspective. The three generals here present a vivid and compelling picture of life in Cuba, both before and after the 1959 revolution. The book includes vivid photo signature pages, illustrations, and annotations.
“Armando Choy, Gustavo Chui, and Moisés Sío Wong — three young rebels of Chinese-Cuban ancestry — threw themselves into the great proletarian battle that defined their generation. They became combatants in the clandestine struggle and 1956–58 revolutionary war that brought down a U.S.-backed dictatorship and opened the door to the socialist revolution in the Americas. Each became a general in Cuba’s Revolutionary Armed Forces…. Here they talk about the historic place of Chinese immigration to Cuba, as well as more than five decades of revolutionary action and internationalism, from Cuba to Angola, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. Through their stories we see unfold the social and political forces that gave birth to the Cuban nation and continue to shape our epoch. We see how millions of ordinary men and women like them changed the course of history, becoming different human beings in the process.” – Pathfinder Press
Spirituality, Meditation & Mindfulness
The Power of Now
Available at Amazon
“It was one of the great joys of my career to talk to Eckhart on Oprah Radio on XM Satellite Radio as part of my Soul Series. He gave a kind of course on conscious living: trading our autopilot existence for intentional awareness; recognizing how we create our own suffering through obsessing over our past history; and learning how to be present, for ourselves and for the people around us, in a compassionate, nonjudgmental way. His encouraging inspiration has allowed me and many other people to see the possibility of an awakened consciousness. I think he is a prophet for our time.” – Oprah Winfrey
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“For many of us, feelings of deficiency are right around the corner. It doesn’t take much — just hearing of someone else’s accomplishments, being criticized, getting into an argument, making a mistake at work — to make us feel that we are not okay. Beginning to understand how our lives have become ensnared in this trance of unworthiness is our first step toward reconnecting with who we really are and what it means to live fully.” – From Radical Acceptance
The Art of Happiness
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“At a time when Western spiritual seekers are flocking to books telling them that all they really need to be happy and good is to enter into a blissful meditative communion with the now, it is provocative and moving to be urged to think and to know oneself by the man who is arguably the greatest living symbol of the developed spirit in action. And what may be most moving is this: if the Dalai Lama is right, and if people do as he suggests—if they learn to see themselves impartially and to analyze their work in light of how many people it touches—they will begin to see, whether they are picking oranges or writing a novel, that the highest purpose of work and, indeed, of life is the helping of others.” – Publishers Weekly