Books published by City Lights Publishers


We the Resistance

City Lights Publishers | January 29, 2019 | 652 pages
A first-person history of nonviolent resistance in the U.S., from pre-Revolutionary America to the Trump years.  More Info

Rad American Women A-Z

City Lights Publishers | April 1, 2015 | 64 pages
"This is not a book. This is a guest list for a party of my heroes. Thank you for inviting us."--Lemony Snicket, author ofA Series of Unfortunate Events books "I feel honored to be included in this book. Women need to take radical steps to become feminists, and to be strong to fight for their... More Info

Arguing for Our Lives

City Lights Publishers | April 2, 2013 | 132 pages
With public discourse more skewed than ever by big money's propaganda, our future hinges on our capacity for critical thinking.  More Info

The Violence of Organized Forgetting

City Lights Publishers | August 12, 2014 | 160 pages
A sweeping critique of neoliberalism, public amnesia, inequality, and the rise of an authoritarian surveillance state.  More Info

The Meaning of Freedom

City Lights Publishers | August 1, 2012 | 202 pages
What is the meaning of freedom? Angela Y. Davis' life and work have been dedicated to examining this fundamental question and to ending all forms of oppression that deny people their political, cultural, and sexual freedom. In this collection of twelve searing, previously unpublished speeches,... More Info

Border Patrol Nation

City Lights Publishers | April 8, 2014 | 358 pages
Fast-paced frontline reporting and analysis on the militaristic spread of US Border Patrol and the long-term consequences for free society.  More Info

National Insecurity

City Lights Publishers | January 15, 2013 | 464 pages
Upon leaving the White House in 1961, President Eisenhower famously warned Americans about the dangers of a "military industrial complex," and was clearly worried about the destabilizing effects of a national economy based on outsized investments in military spending. As more and more Americans... More Info

Smash the church, smash the state!

City Lights Publishers | June 1, 2009 | 303 pages
was a rallying cry for many in those days, and the lesbians, gay men and transgenders whose stories are collected here were frequently involved in battling oppression on many fronts. For the first time together in one volue, these writers share unique perspectives, occasional regrets and changes of... More Info

Occupy the Economy

City Lights Publishers | May 1, 2012 | 190 pages
** Author David Barsamian is currently on tour with stops in OH, B.C., and NM. Please check for the most up-to-date tour information. ** Today's economic crisis is capitalism's worst since the Great Depression. Millions have lost their jobs, homes and healthcare while those who... More Info

New World of Indigenous Resistance

City Lights Publishers | April 1, 2010 | 300 pages
Indigenous societies today face difficult choices: can they develop, modernize, and advance without endangering their sacred traditions and communal identity? Specifically, can their communities benefit from national education while resisting the tendency of state-imposed programs to undermine... More Info

A little matter of genocide

City Lights Publishers | July 19, 1997 | 531 pages
In this provocative collection of essays, Ward Churchill examines the definition of genocide -- in legal as well as cultural terms.  More Info

American romances

City Lights Publishers | June 1, 2009 | 162 pages
New England Puritanism meets West Coast hedonism in an inventive remix of America's cultural history.  More Info

Illusions of Security

City Lights Publishers | February 1, 2007 | 305 pages
* Did you know that your government is watching you? * That it buys personal data from private contractors and foreign governments? * That it collects this information to “predict” whether you might be a terrorist? * That if you are singled out, no one may be able to help you? The government is... More Info

Howl & Other Poems

City Lights Publishers | June 1, 1956 | 57 pages
The epigraph for Howl is from Walt Whitman: "Unscrew the locks from the doors!/Unscrew the doors themselves from their jambs!" Announcing his intentions with this ringing motto, Allen Ginsberg published a volume of poetry which broke so many social taboos that copies were impounded as obscene, and... More Info

More Notes of a Dirty Old Man

City Lights Publishers | September 13, 2011 | 225 pages
The sequel to his famous book, More Notes of a Dirty Old Man reprints rare Bukowski columns unseen in decades.  More Info

Los Angeles Stories

City Lights Publishers | October 1, 2011 | 224 pages
World-famous musician Ry Cooder publishes his first collection of stories, with a nod to Raymond Chandler and Nathanael West.  More Info

Citizens of the Empire

City Lights Publishers | April 1, 2004 | 144 pages
Maintaining political, intellectual, and ethical hope in the heart of the world's most powerful nation.  More Info

A Little Matter of Genocide: Holocaust and Denial in the Americas 1492 to the Present

City Lights Publishers | July 19, 1997 | 531 pages