Recommended Reading

Lenin's Books - photo by Kave

“Lenin’s Books” photo by Kave Heydari

General Theory |   Dialectical Materialism |   Natural Science |   Organization |   Political Economy |   Religion The State |   War |   Women |   History and Culture

Fundamental Texts

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels
On Contradiction  |  On Practice   by Mao Zedong
Foundations of Leninism by J.V. Stalin
The State and Revolution by V.I. Lenin

General Theory

Selected Works (in one volume) by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels  (published by Progress Publishers, 1968)

Fundamentals of Marxism-Leninism Manual (published by Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1963)

Karl Marx:  A Brief Biographical Sketch With an Exposition of Marxism by V.I. Lenin (1914)

Socialism and Man in Cuba by Ernesto “Che” Guevara (March 1965)

Dialectics/Dialectical Materialism

Anti-Dühring:  Herr Eugen Dühring’s Revolution in Science by Frederick Engels (1877)

On Practice by Mao Zedong (July 1937)

On Contradiction by Mao Zedong (August 1937)

Natural Science

The Part Played by Labour in the Transition from Ape to Man
by Frederick Engels (1876)

“What is Matter and in What Forms Does it Exist?” from the book What is Dialectical Materialism? by O. Yakhot  (1965)


“Guidelines for Myself” by Zhou Enlai (March 18, 1943)

“How to be a Good Leader” by Zhou Enlai (April 22, 1943)

Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement In Hunan by Mao Zedong (March 1927)

Political Economy

Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism by V.I. Lenin (January-June, 1916)

“What is Economics?” from the book Rosa Luxemburg Speaks by Rosa Luxemburg (1907-1912)  (Amazon listing)

Economic & Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844 by Karl Marx (1844)

On the Budgetary Finance System  by Ernesto “Che” Guevara (February 1964 )


“Religion is Part of the ‘Lumpenism’ in Society”
by Mansoor Hekmat (June 13, 1999)

“The Rise and Fall of Political Islam” by Mansoor Hekmat (2001)

“Why I Am An Atheist” by Bhagat Singh (October 5–6, 1930)

The State

“The National Question” from Foundations of Leninism by Josef Stalin (April 1924)

The State and Revolution by V.I. Lenin (August-September 1917)


“Fascism Shall Not Pass!” by Dolores Ibárruri  (August 23, 1936)

Long Live the Victory of People’s War! by Lin Biao (September 3, 1965)

“Production is Also Possible in the Guerilla Zones” by Mao Zedong (January 31, 1945)

“On Guerrilla Warfare” by Mao Zedong (1937)

“Women at the Front” by Dolores Ibárruri  (September 4, 1936)


The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman by Alexandra Kollontai (July 1926)

Red Love by Alexandra Kollontai (1927)

Women, Race, & Class by Angela Y. Davis (1983) (Amazon listing)

History and Culture



“Analysis of the Classes in Chinese Society” by Mao Zedong (March 1926)

“In Memory of Miss Liu Hezhen” by Lu Xun (April 1, 1926)


“Communists and the Macedonian Question” by Pandelis Pouliopoulos (May 1940)

Murder Inc. In Greece by Olive Sutton (April 1948)

“Speech at the Second Congress of the National Liberation Front” by Nikos Zachariadis (March 25, 1949)


Women and Revolution in Iran by Raya Dunayevskaya (1979)

The Iranian Revolution by Ted Grant (February 9, 1979)

“Ending Terrorism is Our Task” by Mansoor Hekmat (September 2001)

“The History of the Undefeated: A few words in commemoration of the 1979 Revolution” by Mansoor Hekmat (1995)

“June 20, 1981: One of the Greatest Crimes of the 20th Century” by Mansoor Hekmat (June 2000)


Ten Days that Shook the World by John Reed (1919)

“Victory Will be Ours!” by J. V. Stalin (July 3, 1941)

“Victory Speech” J.V. Stalin  (May 9, 1945)


Communism and Fatherland by Boris Ziherl (1949)

Oath Taken by Fighting Men of Partisan Detachments (September 1941)