Five books every socialist should read

John Morais

John Morais is a tenants rights campaigner and on the national steering committee of Defend Council housing


I could probably come up with a different one another day, though one or two would always be there.

Number One would always be 'Grapes of Wrath' by John Steinbeck.


Four others, not necessarily in preferential order, are:


'Homage to Catalonia', George Orwell

'The Jungle', Upton Sinclair

'Peekskill U.S.A.', Howard Fast

'Treasure of the Sierra Madre', B.Traven

I've just thought of books which at various times, especially when younger, had a big impact on me. I could quite easily have thought of different ones, not necessarily 'ideologically' sound as purely socialist, but which nevertheless strike some sort of socialist spark.

I've just noticed, apart from Orwell they're all American (though Traven's nationality is not certain), which I'll remember anytime I get accused of 'knee-jerk anti-Americanism'!



March 2006

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