Books written by Samir Amin

Modern Imperialism, Monopoly Finance Capital, and Marx's Law of Value

NYU Press | February 22, 2018 | 280 pages
Unlike such obvious forms of oppression as feudalism or slavery, capitalism has been able to survive through its genius for disguising corporate profit imperatives as opportunities for individual human equality and advancement. But it was the genius of Karl Marx, in his masterwork, Capital, to... More Info

Russia and the Long Transition from Capitalism to Socialism

NYU Press | July 1, 2016 | 144 pages
Out of early twentieth-century Russia came the world’s first significant effort to build a modern revolutionary society. According to Marxist economist Samir Amin, the great upheaval that once produced the Soviet Union has also produced a movement away from capitalism – a long transition that... More Info

The Reawakening of the Arab World

NYU Press | April 1, 2016 | 288 pages
Previously published by Pambazuka Press in 2012 under the title of 'The People's Spring: the Future of the Arab Revolution.' This edition contains a new chapter analyzing U.S. geo-strategy.  More Info


Monthly Review Press | January 1, 2010 | 240 pages
Since its first publication twenty years ago, Eurocentrism has become a classic of radical thought. Written by one of the world's foremost political economists, this original and provocative essay takes on one of the great "ideological deformations" of our time: Eurocentrism.  More Info

Three Essays on Marx's Value Theory

March 21, 2019 | 96 pages
In this slim, insightful volume, noted economist Samir Amin returns to the core of Marxian economic thought: Marx’s theory of value. He begins with the same question that Marx, along with the classical economists, once pondered: how can every commodity, including labor power, sell at its value on... More Info

The People's Spring

July 1, 2012 | 220 pages
The 2011 Arab uprisings offered a glimpse of a better future. To take control, the Arab people need to ally with struggles for secular democracy and face the militarism and erosion of democracy that capitalism's decline promises.  More Info

The law of worldwide value

Monthly Review Pr | December 1, 2010 | 160 pages
In his new extensively revised and expanded edition of this book, originally published as The Law of Value and Historical Materialism, Samir Amin suggests new approaches to Marxian analysis of the crisis of the late capitalist system of generalized, financialized, and globalized oligopolies... More Info

Global History

Fahamu/Pambazuka | November 1, 2010 | 200 pages
Responding to the need to take a fresh look at world history, hitherto dominated by Eurocentric ideologues and historians in their attempt to justify the nature and character of modern capitalism, Samir Amin looks in this book at the ancient world system and how it has influenced the development of... More Info