Anarchist Summer Reading

Read a book this summer. Then pass it on.


Fifth Estate # 387, Summer, 2012

In a by-gone era, summers were when people took two week vacations and sat on the beach with an escapist novel to forget the world of work and obligations.

The books reviewed here contain the opposite of an escape: they ask the reader to become engaged with a world facing collapse on a multitude of levels, and with the critical task of knowing what we want and how to get it.

The following pages contain only a small selection of what we’ve received recently, so a title not being included only means that we need more issues more frequently to include the increasing stream of quality literature coming out of our movement.

The anarchist press is so prolific that it would be an exaggeration to say we’ve even scratched the surface of what is being published, but we offer at least a sampling.

When we talk about anarchist books and pamphlets, we mean real, physical ones, not what you see on a screen, but what you hold in your hands, feeling a page beneath your fingertips.

Books allow the ability to pause and reflect while sitting on your favorite couch, on a bus to work, or kicking back under a tree. And, when you’ve finished reading, books can be passed onto a friend or comrade to share that knowledge and enjoyment with others.