A Reading List for The Resistance

July 29, 2018

A Reading List for The Resistance

We present this reading list for The Resistance as a useful starting point for anyone sharing in our overwhelming sense of anger and despair at our present crisis, and anyone looking for hope and inspiration in the #TheResistance movements of the past and the organizing strategies of the present.

This reading list is far from complete, and this page will continue to be updated as we add new books and videos.


The List: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump’s First Year

The List

1984 Paperback


“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.”George Orwell


Animal Farm: A Fairy Story

Animal Farm

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” — George Orwell

It Can't Happen Here

It Can’t Happen Here

“Every man is a king so long as he has someone to look down on.” ― Sinclair Lewis

The Origins of Totalitarianism

The Origins of Totalitarianism

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.” ― Hannah Arendt

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

On Tyranny

“The odd American idea that giving money to political campaigns is free speech means that the very rich have far more free speech, and so in effect far more voting power, than other citizens.” ― Timothy Snyder

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale

“Nolite te bastardes carborundorum. Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” ― Margaret Atwood

Brave New World

Brave New World

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.” ― Aldous Huxley

Hillbilly Elegy- A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Hillbilly Elegy

“Barack Obama strikes at the heart of our deepest insecurities. He is a good father while many of us aren’t. He wears suits to his job while we wear overalls, if we’re lucky enough to have a job at all. His wife tells us that we shouldn’t be feeding our children certain foods, and we hate her for it — not because we think she’s wrong but because we know she’s right.” – J. D. Vance

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

“Stuff your eyes with wonder, he said, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” ― Ray Bradbury

American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America

American Fascists

“The split in America, rather than simply economic, is between those who embrace reason, who function in the real world of cause and effect, and those who, numbed by isolation and despair, now seek meaning in a mythical world of intuition, a world that is no longer reality-based, a world of magic.” ― Chris Hedges

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

Dark Money

“The polluters had triumphed by overturning the campaign-finance laws. “There was a huge change after Citizens United,” he contends. “When anyone could spend any amount of money without revealing who they were, by hiding behind amorphous-named organizations, the floodgates opened. The Supreme Court made a huge mistake. There is no accountability. Zero.” ― Jane Mayer

The Hunger Games Box Set: Foil Edition

The Hunger Games

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”

“Destroying things is much easier than making them.” 

“Stupid people are dangerous.” ― Suzanne Collins

Between The World and Me

Between The World and Me

“The world, the real one, was civilization secured and rules by savage means. How could the schools valorize men and women whose values society actively scorned? How could they send us out into the scteets of Baltimore, knowing all that they were, and then speak of nonviolence? ― Ta-Nehisi Coates

Orwell on Truth

Orwell on Truth

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” – George Orwell

The Penultimate Truth

The Penultimate Truth

“if men are too blind to govern themselves, how can they be trusted to govern others?” ― Philip K. Dick

This Is an Uprising: How Nonviolent Revolt Is Shaping the Twenty-First Century

This Is an Uprising

“At their core, the principles of civil resistance are inherently democratic: nonviolent campaigns require mass public support and participation if they are to succeed.” ― Mark Engler

Ratf**ked- The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy


“America is the only major democracy in the world that allows politicians to pick their own voters.” ― David Daley

The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

The Road to Unfreedom

“An important sign of the collapse of the rule of law is the rise of a paramilitary and its merger with government power.” ― Timothy Snyder

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Democracy in Chains

“Public interest has been subordinated to private interest, and when there is no clear distinction between them, it opens the door to endless opportunities for corruption.”
― Nancy MacLean

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