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Current Reading Recommendations
The Testaments a novel by Margaret Atwood
The long-anticipated and Booker Prize-winning sequel to The Handmaid's Tale. Atwood continues the saga of the fictional theocracy where women are vessels, not allowed to read and treated as chattel. Disturbingly evocative of where the fascism of our times could lead if not stopped.
Permanent Record a memoir by Edward Snowden
How the former National Security Agency contractor stumbled on the U.S. government's massive and illegal global surveillance program--and his heroic, life-altering decision to make his way to Hong Kong and get this information out to the world.
No One Is Too Small To Make A Difference
by Greta Thunberg
For ages 12 and up. From the speeches of the 16-year old climate-crisis activist who helped ignite the global strikes of young people to save the planet. "I want you to panic…I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is."
The Water Dancer a novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates
A young man gifted with a mysterious power becomes part of a war between slavers and the enslaved. Coates's first work of fiction.
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
Actor/activist/author Takei's memoir, done in graphic form, of his harrowing childhood as one of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry rounded up by FDR and placed in concentration camps during World War 2. He wants the reader to see the parallels to today.
The Coming Civil War and Repolarization for Revolution in the Present Era by Bob Avakian
For 30 years, Bob Avakian has been analyzing the rise of fascism in the United States. This collection of essays, articles, and excerpts from talks is indispensable for understanding the system and forces that led to a situation where a fascist regime is now in power, the lessons of history, and how revolutionaries must approach the battle to defeat fascism.
Felon poems by Reginald Dwayne Betts
Betts became a poet in prison, after reading an anthology in solitary confinement. "A powerful work of lyric art [that is] also a tour de force indictment of the carceral industrial state."—NY Times Book Review
Gender and Our Brains by Gina Rippon
An authoritative debunking by a neuroscientist of the notion of a gendered brain…that also carries the message that a gendered world will produce pseudo-science and psycho-babble of a gendered brain.
The Old Drift
a novel by Namwali Serpell
An inter-generational novel from the Zambian-born writer. It combines history, romance, and science fiction, revealing the cruelties and absurdities of colonialism, and the yearning to create and to cross borders. “As ambitious as any first novel published this decade.”—NY Times
Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants by Andrea Beaty
Ages 6-10. Ada Twist, already known & beloved by readers aged 3-6, returns with her friends Rosie Revere and Iggy Peck. The threesome use science to figure out how to rescue Rosie's uncle who has flown away in a pair of out-of-control helium pants. It doesn't go smoothly!
The Yellow House a memoir by Sarah Bloom
Bloom's powerful and beautifully flowing memoir tells of her mother’s beloved shotgun house and the family she raised in "New Orleans East.” This National Book Award finalist is at once deeply personal and a social history of a Black population subjected to pervasive racism, the natural and social catastrophe of Katrina, and a heartless ruling bureaucracy.
Statement of Purpose
of Revolution Books
People come to Revolution Books from all over the world to find the books and deep engagement with each other about why the world is the way it is and the possibility of a radically different way the world could be.
The world today, with all its horrors, holds the potential for something far better. To unlock that – at the foundation of RB – is the most advanced scientific theory and leadership for an actual revolution for the emancipation of humanity: the new synthesis of communism brought forward by the revolutionary leader, Bob Avakian.
RB is a bookstore with literature, history, science, art, philosophy, and revolutionary theory... a place of discovery and engagement. Scientific and poetic, wrangling and visionary. A bookstore at the center of a movement for revolution.
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Artwork donated by artists and collectors to support Revolution Books: * Selected works in our collection here.
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the New Communism,
and the Real Revolution
Why We Need An Actual Revolution And How We Can Really Make Revolution, Parts 1 and 2, a major speech by Bob Avakian
If you have agonized about the horrors of this society, but did not know why we face all this and thought there was no way out… this filmed speech will reveal why those outrages go on and how they can be changed.
If you have thought that even if people could get together on it, revolution was not really possible up against the powerful repressive machinery we face… this filmed speech will challenge you.
If you have hungered for fundamental change, but did not know where to begin… this filmed speech will give you the map you need and the way to connect.
In this Film, Bob Avakian Analyzes the Deep Roots and Driving Forces of Trump/Pence Fascism and What Must Be Done to Stop It.
Watch It Here, and Spread It.
A FILM OF A TALK BY BOB AVAKIAN
THE TRUMP/PENCE REGIME
In The Name of Humanity
We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America
A Better World IS Possible
Bob Avakian is the most radical revolutionary on the planet and the architect of a new communism.
Thise film was produced by Revolution Books (437 Malcolm X Blvd.), The Bob Avakian Institute and
the Revolution Books Educational Fund,(a 501c3 registered in NYS. To obtain our financial reporting go to revbooksedfund.org)
Because of Bob Avakian and the work he has done over several decades, summing up the positive and negative experience of the communist revolution so far, and drawing from a broad range of human experience, there is a new synthesis of communism that has been brought forward — there really is a viable vision and strategy for a radically new, and much better, society and world, and there is the crucial leadership that is needed to carry forward the struggle toward that goal.
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Selected video from recent Revolution Books programs
Author David Wallace-Wells speaking on his new book "The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming" at Revolution Books NY on July 24, 2019. David Wallace-Wells is deputy editor of New York magazine.
"Why We Burned the Flag, What This Revolution Is All About— And How You Can Be Part of It" on July 7, 2019. A discussion with Joey Johnson, who burned the U.S. flag in front of the White House on July 4, together with Andy Zee and Sunsara Taylor, along with Luan and Noche Diaz from the National Get Organized for an ACTUAL Revolution Tour.
An evening with historian David Blight, author of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize-winning biography "Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom," at Revolution Books NYC on June 19, 2019.
Jason Stanley, author of "How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them" speaking on the book and in conversation with Andy Zee.
"How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States" with author Daniel Immerwahr at Revolution Books NYC on April 19, 2019.
Yuval Taylor with his new book "Zora and Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal" at Revolution Books NYC, April 17, 2019.
"An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden" with author Mary Schmidt Campbell and in conversation with Rev Books spokesperson Andy Zee.