Humanizing the Economy: Cooperatives in the age of Capital, by John Restakis. New Society Publishers (2010; ISBN 978-0-86571-651-3). A global survey of cooperatives establishing alternative strategies to capital-driven enterprise.
Companies We Keep: Employee Ownership and the Business of Community and Place, by John Abrams. Chelsea Green Publishing (November 8, 2008; ISBN 160358000X). A practical and thoughtful study of Abram’s successful worker cooperative.
Putting Democracy to Work, by Frank Adams & Gary B. Hansen. Berrett-Koehler Publishers (January 1, 1993; ISBN 1881052095; out of print). Considered the essential startup-guide for worker cooperatives; a third edition is in progress.
For All the People: Uncovering the Hidden History of Cooperation, Cooperative Movements, and Communalism in America, by John Curl. PM Press (September 1, 2009; ISBN 1604860723). A definitive history.
The Real World of Employee Ownership, by John Logue & Jacqueline Yates. Cornell University Press (March 2002; ISBN 0801433495 ). Statistical study of the competitive advantages of worker ownership in industry demonstrating that worker-owned enterprise outperforms investor-owned business by most measures.
Anarcho-Syndicalism: Theory and Practice, by Rudolf Rocker. AK Press (ISBN 9781902593920). Oldie but a goodie; a primer written near the beginning of the Spanish Civil War at the behest of Emma Goldman, it explains many of the foundational theories of modern democratic workplaces and organizations.