Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

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May 8, 2012

Observant readers have brought to my attention that it would be helpful to have a list of readings by topic. Creating a reading list was relatively easy; paring it down to what I deem the most suitable introductory publications, and noting the topics found in each put more strain on my cortex than expected. Nevertheless, in the interest of collegiality — with the caveat that this would all make more sense when combined with a face-to-face orientation — here goes.

READINGS BY TOPIC (with key subjects discussed)

Analysis of Popular Education:
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire (respecting organic structures)
People Power Change by Luther Gerlach
Selections from the Prison Notebooks by Antonio Gramsci
Society of the Spectacle by Guy de Bord

Community Organizing:
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (social support, self-defense, alliances)
Ready for Revolution by Stokely Carmichael (research, education, action)
The Camel of Destruction by Michael Pearce (novel about bureaucratic corruption)

Indispensable Enemies by Walter Karp
Peddlers of Crisis by Jerry Sanders
The Globalisation of Poverty by Michel Chossudovsky

Grassroots Communication:
Solidarity’s Secret by Shana Penn
The Free Speech Movement & the Negro Revolution by Savio, Walker and Dunayevskaya
Poland: The Making and Unmaking of the News by Besser
Lessons from Latvia by Cakars
Electronic Intifada online

Mental Health in the Public Arena:
The Emotional Life of Nations by Lloyd de Mause
The Balkan Express by Slavenka Drakulic

Political Negotiation:
A Farther Shore by Gerry Adams

Protector Societies:
Zuni and the American Imagination by Eliza McFeely

Psychological Warfare:
Psychological Warfare by Paul Linebarger
The Science of Coercion by Christopher Simpson
Social Communication in Advertising by William Leiss

Public Health Model:
Betrayal of Trust by Laurie Garrett

Republican Government:
Buried Alive by Walter Karp
So Reason Can Rule by Scott Buchanan (moral conduct, open society)

Resistance Development:
Norwegian Resistance 1940-1945 by Tore Gjelsvik (operations and infrastructure)
A Quiet Revolution by Mary Elizabeth King (strategic opposition, education)

Sacred Dimensions:
The Distorted Past by Josep Fontana
The Primal Mind by Jamake Highwater

Social Movement Development:
Anti-Indian Movement on the Tribal Frontier by Rudolph C. Ryser (opposition research, networks)
The Formation of the World Council of Indigenous Peoples by Sanders
To the Right by Jerome Himmelstein
The Making of Black Revolutionaries by James Forman
Analyzing Social Settings by John Lofland

Society in Conflict:
The Troubles by Tim Pat Coogan
Civil Wars by Hans Magnus Enzensberger (selflessness and self-destruction)
The Iran-Contra Scandal by Peter Kornbluh (accountability, elitism)
Networks and Netwars edited by Arquilla and Ronfeldt
The Breakdown of States by Dr. Richard Griggs (first nations v. corporate states)
The Fall of Yugoslavia by Misha Glenny (communications and narrative dominance)

Tensions and Human Frailties:
The Lying Days by Nadine Gordimer
July’s People by Nadine Gordimer
Crimes of Conscience by Nadine Gordimer

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