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Non-Fiction Books

Political Theory

The Ecology of Freedom by Murray Bookchin

Communalism seems to be the most workable and sustainable model for libertarian socialism.

Manufacturing Consent by Edward S. Herman & Noam Chomsky

Crucial for understanding how propaganda works in mass media, which helps you see through the fog it produces.

History

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

A good materialistic analysis of the development of human societies that examines the role of pathogens and animal husbandry.

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn

An examination of how the United States was driven by exploitation and manipulation, and how groups have struggled against that.

Philosophy

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

The only book with "Zen and the Art of" in the title by a white guy I've loved.