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Books about activism

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Last update: Sep 30, 2023

On this page, you will find a list of books about activism. We have collected books that discuss tactics, grassroots strategies and organising for social change. If you would like to learn more about activism, these are the best books to start.

This list of articles about activism contains a wealth of information about how to get involved in activism and make a difference. Whether you're looking for ways to get involved in your community or ways to make a difference on a global scale, these articles have something for you. From books that provide historical perspectives to how to get started as an activist, this list has it all. So what are you waiting for? Start reading and get involved!

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List of books about activism

Free to reuse

These books are freely available for anyone to read, redistribute or make adaptations under creative commons licences. In other words, we should definitely integrate all knowledge contained in these books with Activist Handbook!

Free to read

The following books about activism are available to read for free (as PDFs or in other digital formats), but they are not available under a creative commons licence:

Other books

These books about activism are not freely available, but they are still a great read!

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Book libraries

If you are interested in reading more books, check out these websites, which also contain lists of interesting books about activism. We used these libraries to make the lists above:


How can reading books help activists?

Reading books about activism can help to educate and inspire people to become more involved in social and political causes. These books can provide valuable information about the history of activism, the challenges activists face, and the impact they can have on society. Additionally, reading about the experiences of other activists can help people to feel less alone in their own activism and can provide them with ideas and motivation for their own work.

What are the best books about activism?

In the list above, we have collected a large number of books that discuss activism. All of them are interesting to read. We try to extract the most valuable information from all the books we read and add them to Activist Handbook. We recommend you do the same! We would like to give a special thanks to the authors that made their books available for free, especially those that are licenced under a creative commons licence.

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Alternative categories:

  • Organizing: “Organizing Cools The Planet” , “Organizing for social change”

  • Grassroots Strategies: “People Power” , “Tools for Grassroots Activists”

  • Tactics: “Rules for Revolutionaries” , “This is an Uprising”

  • Social Change: “Towards Collective Liberation” , “Why Civil Resistance Works”

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