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Voltairine De Cleyre


Voltairine de Cleyre (1866–1912) was, according to Emma Goldman, "the most gifted and brilliant anarchist woman America ever produced.&…

The Conquest of Bread

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Peter Kropotkin


In this work, Kropotkin points out what he considers to be the fallacies of the economic systems of feudalism and capitalism, and how he bel…

Democracy in America Vol. I

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Alexis De Tocqueville


When Tocqueville visited America in the 1830s he found a thriving democracy of a kind he had not seen anywhere else. Many of his insightful …

Short Nonfiction Collection Vol. 001

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Various


A collection of ten short essays or other short nonfiction works in the public domain read by Librivox volunteers.

Goldsmith's Friend Abroad Again

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Mark Twain


This satire on the U.S.A.'s myth of being the "Home of the Oppressed, where all men are free and equal", is unrelenting in its pur…

The Gray Mills of Farley

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Sarah Orne Jewett


As contemporary today as it was over a century ago, this relatively unsentimental tale of labor relations still packs a punch. (Summary by B…

The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Volume 1a

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Jefferson Davis


The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (1881) is written by Jefferson Davis, former President of the Confederate States of America …

The Prince (Version 2)

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Niccolò Machiavelli


The Prince (Italian: Il Principe) is a political treatise by the Italian diplomat, historian and political theorist Niccolò Machiavel…

Major Barbara

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George Bernard Shaw


George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara focuses on the family of aristocratic Lady Britomart Undershaft and her estranged husband Andrew, a mill…

On the Laws

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Marcus Tullius Cicero


On the Laws (Latin: De Legibus) was written shortly after Cicero's "On the Commonwealth" during the last years of the Roman Republ…

On War (Volume 1)

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Carl Von Clausewitz


A classic work on military strategy by a veteran of the Napoleonic Wars. The author's style is dialectical: he makes two strong but opposing…

Laws

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Plato


Laws (Greek: Νόμοι) is Plato's last and longest dialogue. It is generally agreed that Plato wrote this dialogue as an older man, having fail…

Unto this Last: Four Essays on the First Principles of Political Economy

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John Ruskin


John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) is best known for his work as an art critic and social critic, but is remembered as an author, poet and artist as …

There Are Realistic Alternatives

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Gene Sharp


Violence in society and politics, whether in the form of war, terrorism, dictatorship, oppression, usurpation, or genocide, is widely recogn…

Eleven Theses on Feuerbach

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Karl Marx


The “Theses on Feuerbach” are eleven short philosophical notes written by Karl Marx in 1845. They outline a critique of the ideas of Marx’s …

The Philippics

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Marcus Tullius Cicero


A philippic is a fiery, damning speech delivered to condemn a particular political actor. The term originates with Demosthenes, who delivere…

The Small House at Allington

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Anthony Trollope


Fifth novel in the Barsetshire series, The Small House at Allington is largely focused on the Small House's inhabitants, Mrs. Dale and her t…

Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei

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Friedrich Engels


Karl Marx und Friedrich Engels schrieben ihr Manifest im Dezember 1847, als Leitfaden fuer die grundsaetzlichen Prinzipien und Praktiken de…

Capital: a critical analysis of capitalist production, Vol 1

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Karl Marx


Capital, Volume I is the first of three volumes in Karl Marx’s monumental work, Das Kapital, and the only volume to be published during his …

Unidentified Flying Objects

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United States Federal Bureau Of Investigation


Through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) this series of communications has been de-classified and made public. Most names have bee…

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