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
  • Democracy Incorporated by Sheldon Wolin
  • 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


Napoleon by Pail Johnson
Persian Fire
by Tom Holland
by Tom Holland
The Age of Empire by Eric Hobsbawm
The Age of Revolution by Eric Hobsbawm
The French Revolution by Christopher Hibbert
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Paul Kennedy
The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shrier
World Politics 1945-2000 by Peter Calvocoressi

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)….

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
  • Check the Technique Vol. 1 and 2. by Brian Coleman
  • fearless. by Jeanette Leech
  • 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
  • Bring the Noise by Rafael Honnigstein
  • 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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