Reading List

Sources for when you bring every essay back to capitalism, colonialism, and patriarchy


When your deadline is creeping up and all you know is that capitalism=bad, we’ve got you covered.

This reading list is for all of the students who bring every essay back to colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchy regardless of what the topic is— and for those who hate referencing.

All books are 40% off as part of our Student Reading Sale. Ends September 30 at 11:59PM EST. See all our student reading lists here.

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa remains a relevant study for understanding the so-called “great divergence” between Africa and Europe. It is a key resource for grasping the multiplication of global inequality today.

Rodney, W., & Davis, A. (2018). How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. Verso

What unites Rodney’s work is the ongoing reinvention of a living conception of Marxism.

Rodney, W. (2022). Decolonial Marxism: Essays from the Pan-African Revolution. Verso

A collections spanning three decades of work from one of the foremost contemporary critical thinkers on racism, geography and incarceration.

Gilmore, R. W., Bhandar, B., & Toscano, A. (2022). Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation. Verso

Racecraft “ought to be positioned,” as Bookforum put it, “at the center of any discussion of race in American life.”

Fields, B. J., & Fields, K. E. (2022). Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life. Verso

The most influential theory of the origins of women’s oppression in the modern era, in a beautiful new edition.

Engels, F., Leacock, B. E., & Doyle, J. (2021). The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State. Verso

The Critique of Everyday Life is perhaps the richest, most prescient work about modern capitalism to emerge from one of the twentieth century's greatest philosophers. 

Lefebvre, H. (2014). The Critique of Everyday Life: The One-Volume Edition. Verso

The most comprehensive and thorough analysis of the prison system of the United States. 

Davis, A. (2016). If They Come in the Morning … Voices of Resistance. Verso

A classic study of the origin of white privilege from the activist who first coined the term, Theodore W. Allen’s work remains an indispensable resource for making sense of our conflicted present.

Allen, T. (2021). The Invention of the White Race: The Origin of Racial Oppression. Verso

A new approach to race and to comparative colonial studies.

Wolfe, P. (2016) Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race. Verso

Charts the history of women’s liberation and calls for a revitalized feminism.

Fraser, N. (2020) Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis. Verso

The Communist Manifesto remains both an essential guide to the transformations wrought by capitalism and presents the solution to its inequalities and exploitation.

Engels, F., Lenin, V., & Marx, K. (2022). The Communist Manifesto / The April Theses. Verso

Priyamvada Gopal examines a century of dissent on the question of empire and shows how British critics of empire were influenced by rebellions and resistance in the colonies.

Gopal, P. (2020). Insurgent Empire: Anticolonial Resistance and British Dissent. Verso

The classic, brilliant, best-selling account of the rise of the world’s slums, where, according to the UN, one billion people now live. 

Davis, M. (2017). Planet of Slums. Verso

All books are 40% off as part of our Student Reading Sale. Ends September 30 at 11:59PM EST. See all our student reading lists here.