Scientific and poetic, wrangling and visionary – Revolution Books is alive with a defiant spirit that refuses to accept that the horrors of today's world have to be. People come to the store from all over the world to find the people and deep engagement about the possibility of a radically different way the world could be.
At the heart of Revolution Books is the cutting-edge work of Bob Avakian, whose new synthesis of communism envisions a radically new society that is overcoming all of the oppression of the current world while giving great scope to intellectual work, ferment, and dissent as integral to the complete emancipation of humanity.
Revolution Books has an extensive collection of books on history and political theory, novels and poetry, atheism and science, world geopolitics and philosophy. Check out the weekly discussions, author readings, open-mics, film screening, and major forums.
Come browse the shelves, sit and read, or discuss the burning issues of our time. At Revolution Books you can meet the movement that is changing the world.
"Revolution Books is a little gem of an independent bookstore, one that operates in order to forward its principles rather than to turn a profit. The store has moved eight times since it opened its doors in 1976 and has been in its current Moiliili location, behind the 7-11 next to Puck’s Alley, for the past five years. It relies on the dedication of its all-volunteer staff, as well as donations from its supporters."
No matter what your political affiliation, Revolution Books welcomes readers who have a passion for what's going on in the world.
Photo & article by by Barb Forsyth
“We want a world where profit is not above people,” said Hadfield, “I would like for students to be challenged, and question what they’ve been taught. Think critically... We are going to fight for it to the last, that’s for sure.”
NIK SEU / KA LEO O HAWAI‘I
What People are Saying
“For several years, I ordered books for my courses in political science at Boston University through Revolution Books in Cambridge. I had several reasons for doing this. I wanted to help a struggling bookstore rather than add to the profits of the huge commercial store where my students were normally directed. And I thought it would be more educational for my students than a traditional bookstore. It turned out to be an excellent decision… My students found it a fascinating experience to rummage through the unusual material they found in the store…” — Howard Zinn, author, A People’s History of the United States
“I walked into the doors of Revolution Books when I was 21. I was distraught over the endless wars and the immense suffering of people. Revolution Books put large questions in front of me. Does God exist and why does it matter? Is a radically different society possible? I felt like it was very heavy that somebody like me, who didn’t graduate from college, could understand why things are the way that they are. I can say whole-heartedly that my life is forever changed because of Revolution Books because it played a significant role in me making the decision to dedicate my life to changing the world.” — Emma Kaplan, National Youth and Student Coordinator for The World Can’t Wait
“In traveling around the country for readings at bookstores, it has become evident that Revolution Books presents a whole different level of engagement. I have learned much from the audiences here…” — Dr. Sue Wicklund,This Common Secret: My Journey As an Abortion Doctor