Che Guevara recommends. . . Che’s Marx/Engels reading list

Posted: March 16, 2017 by Admin in capitalist crisis, Cuba, Economics, Limits of capitalism, Marxism, Revolutionary figures

Che was an avid reader and student of the founders of scientific socialism.  At the end of his short political biography of Marx and Engels, Che presents the following recommended reading list:


Introduction to A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right (1844)

Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts (1844; published in 1932)

The Holy Family or Critique of Critical Criticism.  Against Bruno Bauer and Company (1845), written with Engels

The German Ideology (1845), written by Engels

The Poverty of Philosophy (1847)

Wage Labour and Capital (1847)

Manifesto of the Communist Party (1848), written with Engels

The Class Struggles in France 1848-50 (1850; published in 1895)

The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte (1852)

The Future Results of British Rule in India (1853), written with Engels

A Contribution to a Critique of Political Economy (1859)

Herr Vogt (1860)

Value, Price and Profit (1865; first published 1898)

Capital, vol 1: The process of production of capital (1867)

The Civil War in France (1871)

Critique of the Gotha Programme (1875)

Capital, vol 2: the process of circulation of capital (1885)

Capital, vol 3: the process of capitalist production as a whole (1894)

Theories of Surplus-Value (Capital vol 4)



Outlines of a Critique of Political Economy (1844)

The Condition of the Working Class in England (1845)

The Peasant War in Germany (1850)

Revolution and Counter-revolution in Germany (1851-2; published in 1896)

The Housing Question (1872)

Anti-Duhring: Herr Eugen Duhring’s Revolution in Science (1877)

Socialism: utopian and scientific (1880)

Dialectics of Nature (1883)

Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State (1884)

On Social Relations in Russia (1885)

Ludwig Feuerbach and the End of Classical German Philosophy (1886)

The Peasant Question in France and Germany (1894)

On Marx’s Capital (first published in 1936)*

*See an extract from this on Redline, here.

  1. Alan Scott says:

    And a lot of good stuff’s been written since then!

  2. Admin says:

    Well, Che was just talking about Marx and Engels’ work. They haven’t written anything since then, but some more of their works have certainly been published. For instance, ‘The Grundrisse’ is a very important work and didn’t get widely published until a few years after Che’s execution.