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In 1996, upon the release of their album Evil Empire, popular political music group Rage Against the Machine listed 130 recommended books in the liner notes of the CD. Every other Sunday, we tackle one book and it's connecting to the band and today's political climate.

The books below are the ones easily accessible online for free***, but the full list can be found here. Click on the image of the book for a pdf file.

 

***If you have the means, please support the authors by purchasing their books at an independent bookstore or checking out from a local library. We recognize it's not financially or physically possible for low-income or unemployed folx and folx with disabilities to receive these reading materials, and hope authors and multimillion-dollar publishing agencies can understand as well. We firmly respect artist and author labor and will be happy to remove your book if you contact us asking such. However, these PDFs were not created by Mixed Media Studios and may exist elsewhere online as a result.

 

Every PDF linked is from an existing website's archive or collection, most coming from pre-approved open-source sites and educational commons to our knowledge. 

This list took many days to compile, embed, and find PDFs for. It also demanded reworking of our website and hefty publishing fees. If you've found this list useful, please consider supporting our work. 

The Red Star to the left is the flag of the Zapatista Movement of National Liberation, or EZLN, an autonomous revolutionary indigenous movement based in Chiapas. You can learn more about them here or read along with us for more information!

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Joe Hill

Gibbs M. Smith

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The Mismeasure of Man

Stephen Jay Gould

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Rules for Radicals

Saul D. Alinsky

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Killing Hope

William Blum

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Malcolm X Speaks

George Breitman

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The Anarchist Cookbook

William Powell

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Manufacturing Consent

Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky

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The Artist As a Young Man

James Joyce

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The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck

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Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge

Carlos Castaneda

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Tropic of Cancer

Henry Miller

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This Bridge Called My Back

Cherrie Moriaga and Gloria Anzaldua

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Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

Susan Faludi

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The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher

M.C. Escher

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For Whom the Bells Tolls (English AND Spanish)

Ernest Hemingway

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The Souls of Black Folk

W.E.B. Du Bois

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Rights of Man

Thomas Paine

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Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools

Jonathan Kozol

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Native Son

Richard Wright

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The Aesthetic Dimension

Herbert Marcuse

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The Marx-Engles Reader

Robert C. Tucker

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A People's History of the United States

Howard Zinn

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Guerrilla Warfare

Che Guevara

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The Wretched of the Earth

Frantz Fanon

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Darkness at Noon

Arthur Koestler

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Culture of Narcissism

Christopher Lasch

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Play It as It Lays

Joan Didion

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The States and Revolution

Vladamir Lenin

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Soul on Ice

Eldridge Cleaver

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Eros and Civilization

Herbert Marcuse

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Black Boy

Richard Wright

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Interview with Chairman Gonzalo

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Year 501

Noam Chomsky

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Beyond Good & Evil

Friedrich Nietzsche

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Deterring Democracy

Noam Chomsky

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In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

Peter Mathiessen

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The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison

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In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

Peter Mathiessen

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Women, Race, and Class

Angela Y. Davis

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The (NEW) Media Monopoly

Ben H. Bagdikian

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What Uncle Sam Really Wants

Noam Chomsky

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The Lorax

Dr. Suess

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Zapata of Mexico

Peter E. Newell

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What is Anarchism?

Alexander Berkman

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Soledad Brother!

George Jackson

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass

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Capital Volume I

Karl Marx

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The Black Panthers Speak

Philip S. Foner

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Walden and Civil Disobedience

Henry David Thoreau

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How the Other Half Lives

Jacob A. Riis

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My Ántonia

Willa Cather

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The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State

Friedrich Engels

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Uncle Tom's Cabin

Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Animal Farm

George Orwell

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Steal This Book

Abbie Hoffman

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The Confessions of Nat Turner

William Styron

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O Pioneers

Willa Cather

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