I’m going to recommend some radical environmental and political literature that was very influential in the development of my deep ecology and compassionate worldview. The order in no way reflects quality or favorability–all are stunning and crucial works.
Igniting a Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth–edited by Dr. Steven Best and Anthony J. Nocella, II. A collection of essays by political prisoners (including Jeff “Free” Luers and Rob Los Ricos), academics, and activists about the eco-crises we face, and about many of the contributors’ evolution from “normal” people to revolutionary environmentalists. It even has an entire section on Anti-Civilization/Primitivist ideology (including essays by Derrick Jensen and John Zerzan). An absolutely seminal work that was crucial in setting me on the path to becoming the person I am now proud to be.
Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Reflections on the Liberation of Animals–edited by Dr. Steven Best and Anthony J. Nocella, II.
The Monkey Wrench Gang–Edward Abbey
Desert Solitaire–Edward Abbey
Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet–Aric McBay and Lierre Keith
Endgame, Volumes 1 and 2–Derrick Jensen
What We Leave Behind–Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay
Strangely Like War: The Global Assault on Forests–Derrick Jensen and George Draffan
Welcome to the Machine: Science, Surveillance, and the Culture of Control–Derrick Jensen and George Draffan
Flaming Arrows–Rod Coronado
Ocean Warrior–Captain Paul Watson
Seal Wars–Captain Paul Watson
Eco-Defense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching–edited by Dave Foreman
Free the Animals–Ingrid Newkirk.
The riveting story of how the Animal Liberation Front jumped the pond from England to the U.S. in the early 1980s and began freeing animals from laboratories. Reads like a thriller novel, but it’s about real-life events and people. I loathe PETA, but this is nonetheless a spectacular book.
Pacifism as Pathology–Ward Churchill
Agents of Repression: The FBI’s Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement–Ward Churchill and Jim Vander Wall
Burning Rage of a Dying Planet: Speaking for the Earth Liberation Front–Craig Rosebraugh
Direct Action–Ann Hansen
Canaries on the Rim: Living Downwind in the West–Chip Ward
Born Under a Bad Sky–Jeffrey St. Claire
The Mountains of California–John Muir
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (fiction)–Tom Robbins
Cadillac Desert–Mark Reiser
Introduction to Water in California–David Carle
Introduction to Air in California–David Carle
The Destruction of California–Raymond F. Dasmann
Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast–Robert Van Pelt
From the Redwood Forest: Ancient Trees and the Bottom Line: A Headwaters Journey–Joan Dunning, with dozens of beautiful and heart-wrenching color photographs by Doug Thron
Green is the New Red–Will Potter
Ishmael and My Ishmael–Daniel Quinn
Silent Spring–Rachel Carson
Refuge–Terry Tempest Williams
The Legacy of Luna–Julia Butterfly Hill