Capitalism Reading List

ABCs of Political Economy

Robin Hahnel
A clear and concise presentation of how to understand the operations of capitalist economics. The best intro available. The best book available on the topic.  

Labor and Monopoly Capital

Harry Braverman, Monthly Review
“Labor and Monopoly Capital is one of the most influential books of our time, and it deserves to be. This new edition will help a new generation of readers understand the forces that are now transforming work around the world.” —DAVID MONTGOMERY  


Capitalism and Its Economics

Douglas Dowd
Addresses some of the most crucial questions of the current era. … Dowd brings formidable qualities to this challenging task. An impressive achievement.’ –Noam Chomsky
A critical history of the relationship between economic thought and capitalism from 1750 to the present. The book examines the dynamic interaction of two processes: the historical realities of capitalism and the evolution of economic theory. … The book includes biographical sketches and brief analyses of the major proponents and critics of capitalism throughout history, including Adam Smith, Thomas Malthus, Jeremy Bentham, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, Thorstein Veblen, Rosa Luxemburg, John Maynard Keynes, Paul Samuelson, Milton Friedman, and Eric Hobsbawm.

The Theory of Capitalist Development

Paul Sweezy, Monthly Review
The classic presentation of Marxist economic theory…

Fat and Mean

David Gordon, Free Press (1996)
Brilliant left analysis of the wage squeeze, corporate bloat, and the real causes (top-down capitalist class warfare and not the “skills gap,” “globalization” or the dysfunctional culture and behavior of the poor) of American poverty and inequality, 1970s-1990s. Great book. Readable and sophisticated all at once.

Quiet Revolution in Welfare Economics

Michael Albert and Robin Hahnel
This book is online, on ZNet, for your access – a technical study of markets and economic institutions more generally


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