Reddit’s r/History page has an excellent recommended reading list that’s well worth checking out (it also has a list of podcasts if you scroll down the the bottom). More books will be added to this page as the year progresses.

American History

  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges
  • Killing Hope by William Blum
  • Rouge State by William Blum
  • Soldiers of Reason: The Rand Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire by Alex Abella
  • The Best and the Brightest by David Halberstam
  • The Brothers by Stephen Kinzer
  • The Peace Illusions: American Grand Strategy from 1940 to the Present by Christopher Layne
  • The Secret History of the United Empire by John Perkins
  • The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick
  • The Wise Men by Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas
  • World Orders, Old and New by Noam Chomsky

Corporate Power

  • Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre
  • Bilderberg People by Ian Richardson and Andrew & Nada Kakabadse
  • Captive State by George Monbiot
  • Corporate Europe by David Cronin
  • Death of the Liberal Class by Chris Hedges
  • Europe Inc. by Corporate Observatory Europe
  • No Logo by Naomi Klein
  • Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
  • Superclass by David Rothkopf
  • The Making of an Atlantic Ruling Class by Kees van der Pijl

Media and Propaganda

  • A Century of Spin by David Miller and William Dinan
  • American Political Cartoons: The Evolution of a National Identity, 1754-2010 by Stephen Hess and Sandy Northrop
  • Broadcasting in the 21st Century by Richard Rudin
  • Citizen Journalism by Stuart Allan and Einar Thorsen (editors)
  • Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television by Jerry Mander
  • Flat Earth News by Nick Davies
  • Hollywood’s Cold War by Tony Shaw
  • Investigative Journalism by Hugo de Burgh
  • Journalism: Critical Issues by Stuart Allan (editor)
  • Journalism Ethics and Regulation by Chris Frost
  • Journalism: Principles and Practice by Tony Harcup
  • Manufacturing Consent by Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky
  • Media Studies: A Reader by Sue Thornham, Caroline Bassett and Paul Marris (editors)
  • Munitions of the Mind by Philip M. Taylor
  • Operation Hollywood by David L. Robb
  • Power Without Responsibility by James Curran and Jean Seaton
  • Private Eye: A Cartoon History by Nick Newman
  • Propaganda by Edward Bernays
  • Propaganda by Jacques Ellul
  • Tell Me No Lies: Investigative Journalism and Its Triumphs by John Pilger (editor)
  • The Ethical Journalist by Tony Harcup
  • The First Casualty by Phillip Knightley
  • The Image by Daniel J. Boorstin
  • The Newspapers Handbook by Richard Keeble
  • The Sociology of Journalism by Brian McNair
  • Toxic Sludge Is Good For You! by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber
  • Trust Us, We’re Experts! by Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber


  • 33 1/3 Series
  • How The Music Got Free by Stephen Witt
  • Psychedelia and Other Colours by Rob Chapman
  • The Song Machine by John Seabrook

Novels and Short Stories

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Ape and Essence by Aldous Huxley
  • A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  • Minority Report by Philip K. Dick
  • Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  • Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Comedians by Graham Greene
  • The End of the Affair by Graham Greene
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Quiet American by Graham Greene
  • Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut


  • Behind the Curtain by Jonathan Wilson
  • Foul! The Secret World of FIFA by Andrew Jennings
  • How They Stole the Game by David Yallop
  • Inverting the Pyramid by Jonathan Wilson
  • The New Lords of the Rings by Andrew Jennings

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