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A Companian to Marx's Capital: 2 [Hardcover]

David Harvey
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10 Sep 2013
The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression shows no sign of coming to a close and Marx's work remains key in understanding the cycles that lead to recession. For nearly forty years, David Harvey has written and lectured on "Capital," becoming one of the world's most foremost Marx scholars.Based on his recent lectures, and following the success of his companion to the first volume of "Capital," Harvey turns his attention to Volume 2, aiming to bring his depth of learning to a broader audience, guiding first-time readers through a fascinating and hitherto neglected text. Whereas Volume 1 focuses on production, Volume 2 looks at how the circuits of capital, the buying and selling of goods, realize value.This is a must-read for everyone concerned to acquire a fuller understanding of Marx's political economy.


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books (10 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781681228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781681220
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,812,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals."--Naomi Klein"A consistently intelligent voice of the left."--Edwin Heathcote, "Financial Times"Praise for "A Companion to Marx's Capital""Harvey is a scholarly radical; his writing is free of journalistic cliches, full of facts and carefully thought-through ideas."--Richard Sennett"Without a doubt one of the two best companions to Marx's ["Capital"]."--Joshua Clover, "Nation""No short review can do justice to this outstanding book ... Essential."--Michael Perelman, "Choice"

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David Harvey teaches at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is the author of many books, including "Rebel Cities"; "Social Justice and the City"; "The Condition of Postmodernity"; "The Limits to Capital"; "A Brief History of Neoliberalism"; and "Spaces of Global Capitalism."

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Unity of Production and Realisation 24 April 2014
By s k
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David Harvey's A Companion to Marx's Capital: Volume 2 is a valuable book. Like Harvey's Companion to Volume I, the text is built upon 'consecutive readings' (p.vii), which each time 'revealed new insights and layers of meaning' (ibid). There is, however, a vital difference. Whereas Harvey felt we could read Volume I on Marx's 'own terms' (p.1), with Volume II it is 'particularly difficult...to understand what those terms might be' (ibid). Nevertheless, Harvey implores the reader to undertake a 'careful study of Volume II' (ibid) and treat it 'on a par with Volume I' (ibid). Why? Well, because Marx believed capital could only be understood as a unity of production and realisation (or, in layman's terms, a unity of supply and demand). So while the first volume covered the production of commodities (impregnated with surplus-value) in the 'hidden abode of production', the second traces the difficulty of selling those products in the fluctuating marketplace. For Harvey, then, we must take Volume II seriously and place its findings in a 'dialectical relation' (ibid) to those of Volume I; if we don't, then we're in danger of undermining the aims of Marx's vast and complex project.

Yet Harvey is quick to admit that the 'amazingly important insights' (p.7) of Volume II are buried beneath its dry and technical presentation. And he's also quick to bemoan its lack of revolutionary politics. But these two issues can be remedied in simple ways. Firstly, we must keep in mind that these extracts of 'turgid prose and tedious arithmetic calculations' (ibid) are only Marx's notes, which he would surely have smartened up before publication. Secondly, and this point really stems from the first, Marx would have loaded the book with seething denunciations against capital if he'd had the chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding the roots of financial capitalism 31 Dec 2013
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Volume 2 of Capital is considered a dry text difficult to read, a desert with oasis in the middle. However, it is fundamental to read with you want to understand capitalism. In volume 1 Marx dedicates to understanding production; in volume 2 he looks into the circulation of capital. David Harvey makes the text relevant by adding examples that the reader will recognise. And you can get the bonus of watching his videos on his web page at [...]
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book every one needs to read 12 Mar 2014
By Miguel A. Rivera Rios - Published on Amazon.com
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I chose this rating because my admiration on Harvey intellectual authority on Marx's Capital. He skillfully identified the major themes and explore the key points proposing a actual interpretation which open a new field of reflection to understand the present time.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, David Harvey has captured the essence of ... 15 July 2014
By David Whiteing - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book, David Harvey has captured the essence of exactly what Marx is saying. Harvey's style is clear and easy to understand. He relates Marx's concepts to the present and takes Marx's Volume 2 a step further by relating it to the pertinent subjects of
Volume 3. Anyone interested in understanding the current economic problems we face today should find David Harvey's book very enlightening. I also highly recommend Harvey's Companion to Volume 1 and all of his other books.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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