A Reader in Revolutionary Marxist Politics
Second Edition

By Paul Le Blanc
Haymarket Books (April 2016)
Paper • ISBN-13: 9781608466238 • US $22 • 404 pgs.


From Marx to Gramsci offers a readable introduction to the historical contexts, lives, and revolutionary ideas of six central thinkers in the Marxist tradition—Karl Marx, Frederick Engels, Rosa Luxemburg, V. I. Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Antonio Gramsci. A clear and well-documented introduction demonstrates how their varied contributions represent a revolutionary Marxist synthesis, providing an understanding of capitalist development, a theory of the labor movement, a strategy for revolution, and a conception of the transition to socialism. The bulk of the volume provides a representative sampling of Marxist writings offering insights into the dynamics of history, politics, society, and economics, with an emphasis on struggles for social change. From Marx to Gramsci concludes with a searching discussion, drawing from various critics of Marxism and realities of the late twentieth century, of whether revolutionary Marxism actually has a future.


“This is an extremely valuable volume. It gathers in one place material from various sources and makes it accessible to the serious student. The scholarly apparatus—bibliography, short biographies, and introductory essays—makes it especially useful both for the general reader and for teachers in the field. It should make a useful contribution in our struggle for human freedom.”

Dennis Brutus, South African poet and revolutionary activist

“The power of this book lies in Le Blanc’s excellent selection and presentation of some of the most fundamental ideas of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Luxemburg, Trotsky, and Gramsci. His choice of references and the framework for his selection rest on the premise that the central pivot of Marxism is ‘proletarian revolutionary practice.’”

Gill Hubbard, International Socialism

“The best available tool for revitalizing the consideration of socialist practice in our study groups and classrooms.”

Alan Wald, Radical Teacher

“A most welcome and needed introduction to Marxist politics from a revolutionary viewpoint . . . for students
and activists.”

Michael Löwy, Monthly Review


Paul Le Blanc is author of a number of widely-read studies, including Lenin and the Revolutionary Party, and Marx, Lenin and the Revolutionary Experience. With Michael Yates he has written the widely-acclaimed A Freedom Budget for All Americans. He has co-edited a selection of Leon Trotsky’s Writings in Exile.


A Short History of the U.S. Working Class: From Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century

Black Liberation and the American Dream: The Struggle for Racial and Economic Justice

Left Americana

Lenin and the Revolutionary Party

Leon Trotsky and the Organizational Principles of the Revolutionary Party

The Passion of Rosa Luxemburg

Revolutionary Studies: Theory, History, People

Trotskyism in the United States: Historical Essays and Reconsiderations

Unfinished Leninism: The Rise and Return of Revolutionary Doctrine


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