A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn. Classic overview of US history from the perspective of those fighting the powers-that-be.
PR! A Social History of Spin, by Stuart Ewen. Ewen, an historian of advertising and Duncombe’s mentor, looks at how story, spectacle, and performance was used by corporations and marketers, as well as progressives, in the early 20th centrury. We can learn from them all.
Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970, by Doug McAdam. A great history of the Civil Rights movement, making the point, among many others, that the movement understood the power of performance.
Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics by Frederic Spots. A sobering reminder that arguably the most sucessful artistic activists of the 20th Centrury were the Nazis. Arts and activism is a powerful combination, and ethics are always important.