A Revolutionary Reading List to Educate and Inspire

Books can inspire revolution

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A thought, a word, a sentence… these have the power to change the world. Which is why so many powerful books have been banned over the years. You are what you read, and if you’re reading revolutionary literature then you might just become a revolutionary yourself.

If you, like me, are unhappy with what you see in politics lately and think it’s time for a change, the following list of reading (mostly) material will educate, inspire, and possibly frighten you, but mostly I hope these will light a fire under you.

As with just about any great literature, these are best when discussed with others (possibly over wine–or whisky if that’s what gets your blood pumping) so share, share, SHARE with friends. Encourage each other to read and encourage each other to ACT. As Margaret Mead said,

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Revolutionary Reading


September Common Sense by Thomas Paine, pub. 1776 (Read it online here)

October Indivisible the Guide, pub. 2016 (Read it online here)

November — “Letter from A Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King, Jr., pub. 1963 (Read or listen here)

December In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson, pub. 2011

JanuaryNickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich, pub. 2001

February MARS a 6 episode T.V. series by National Geographic, aired Nov.-Dec. 2016 (Find out more about it here)

March The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, pub. 1993

April Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood, pub. 2003

May 1776 by David McCullough, pub. 2005


“You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only BE the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin

“We have it in our power to begin the world over again.”
― Thomas Paine


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