We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore LappĂ©, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Some Books to Liberate Your Mind

(NOTE: I order used books from independent bookstores via Abebooks whenever possible)

The Marx-Engels Reader
The Great Transformation by Karl Polanyi
A People's History of the World by Chris Harman 
History of the Great American Fortunes by Gustavus Myers
Democratic Promise
by Lawrence Goodwyn
The Lords of Creation by Frederick Lewis Allen
Triumphant Plutocracy by Richard F. Pettigrew (1921) 
The Armed Prophet, v.1 by Isaac Deutscher
The Brass Check by Upton Sinclair
Propaganda by Edward Bernays
War is a Racket by Major General Smedley Butler
The Plot to Seize the White House by Jules Archer
Even the Gods Can't Change History by George Seldes
American Empire by Neil Smith 
Roosevelt and Hopkins by Robert E. Sherwood 
The Anglo-American Establishment by Carroll Quigley
Trading with the Enemy by Charles Higham
A Century of War by William Engdahl
 
The Sane Society by Erich Fromm
The Origins of the Korean War v.1 by Bruce Cumings
This Must Be the Place by Dave Chaddock
NATO's Secret Armies by Daniele Ganser
Imperial Brain Trust by Shoup & Minter (a must read)
JFK and the Unspeakable by James Douglass
What Really Happened to the 1960s by Edward Morgan
An Act of State by William F. Pepper
Family of Secrets by Russ Baker
Friendly Fascism by Bertrand Gross
The Fish is Red by Hinckle & Turner
The Money and the Power by S. Denton & R. Morris
Double Cross by Sam and Chuck Giancana
Gangster Capitalism by Michael Woodiwiss
The Secret Team
by Col. (Ret.) L. Fletcher Prouty
Conspiracies, Con. Theories, Secrets of 9/11 by Broeckers
Disciplined Minds by Jeff Schmidt
Toward an American Revolution by Jerry Fresia
Escaping the Matrix by Richard Moore
The Lost Science of Money by Stephen Zarlenga
Merchants of Doubt by Oreskes and Conway
The Gods of Money by F. William Engdahl
Classified Woman by Sibel Edmonds
Bailout by Neil Barovsky
The Lugano Report
by Susan George
The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of American's Secret Government by David Talbot