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Capital: An Abridged Edition (World's Classics) [Abridged] [Paperback]

Karl Marx , David McLellan
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1 May 1995 World's Classics
Combining vivid historical detail with economic analysis to produce a bitter denunciation of mid-Victorian capitalist society, Marx's work was one of the most influential social science treatises of the 20th century. This abridged edition offers virtually all of Volume 1, excerpts from a new translation of "The Result of the Immediate Process of Production", and a selection of key chapters from Volume 3.

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  • Paperback: 531 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; Abridged edition edition (1 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192831224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192831224
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,550,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor rendering 7 Aug 2011
By LoMarx
Format:Kindle Edition
Chapter three was missing completely, some pages had three words written vertically down the middle and all apostrophes were represented as question marks in little boxes. Title not accurate (should be Capital Vol 1. whereas this gives the impression it is the whole three volumes). Not very satisfying to read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version - full of boxed question marks? 19 Sep 2010
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I'm not reviewing the book content here - rather the rendering of the actual text.

I downloaded the 'specially-formatted for kindle' version - but the text is strewn with boxed question-mark characters for some reason ? How can this be specially formatted for the kindle?
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1 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marx 12 Jan 2011
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Groucho had a better grasp of life than Karl, he should have been one of the brothers as his brand of humour is somewhat unique and was dated even when written!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A great book, but a poor E-book 19 Jun 2012
By Mike MJ - Published on
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Capital is, of course, a seminal work. I disagree with many of Marx's conclusions, and I think he frequently uses circular arguments that don't stand up to scrutiny, but there's no question that this is an important and readable work.

Unfortunately, as an E-book, it's a truly disappointing product.

Marx made extensive use of footnotes. In this book, most of the footnotes link to the wrong chapters. Clicking on a footnote may, or may not, lead to something that at least has the same number (even though it's in the wrong chapter), but clicking on the return link will take you off to never-never land. I found that the only way to have any chance of returning to the point of origin was to make a record of the numeric "location" in the text, and then navigate to that location directly. That worked -- MOST of the time.

But the Kindle for Android application doesn't seem to be able to keep track of the current location in any E-book with DRM. Certainly, in THIS book, turning off my Android device and turning it back on is a crap-shoot. There's no telling WHERE in the book the application will be.

Given that this book is waaaaay out of copyright, and that it is available from numerous sources FOR FREE, without any DRM, I'm truly disappointed that I paid good money for such a frustrating copy. I've switched my reading to another copy, generated from the Gutenberg text, that at least can keep track of the footnotes and get back to the same point in the text after reading one.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuck reviewing an abridged edition 9 May 2002
By Christopher D. Wright - Published on
...P>The key to grappling with Vol. 2 involves two major problems.
First, Marx took capital as irrational, and the capital-labor relation as an anatagonistic relation of domination. So part of the problem with Capital involves explaining how capitalism can even function in the first place. This helps us to grapple with Marx's discussion of circulation sans crisis.
Secondly, think of department one and department two as capital and labor respectively and it makes a lot more sense. As with Vols. 1 and 3, every aspect of Capital is steeped in a description of the antagonistic social relations (class struggle) and the forms in which they appear (form here means 'mode of existence', the way in which the antagonistic social relations make themselves apparent to us.)
The reason that Marx investigates the forms of the underlying social relations has to do with Marx's conception of science. Marx uses the term science to denote thought which critiques, which does not assume that essence and appearance (form and content) mirror each other, but are mediated and therefore distorted and not directly perceived.
As for the people who continue to insist that Marx wrote an alternate economics textbook, wake up. The book is not about economics per se, since Marx felt that the separation of the economic from the political, legal, artistic, etc. was a specific manifestation of the capital-labor relation. He critiques this separation and does so, not through a transhistorical set of 'laws' (as so many claim), but through a critique of bourgeois society's own understanding of itself (most prominently for Marx, via political economy.) For Marx, the 'laws' of capital are the forms of motion of the class struggle, not transhistorical, disembodied rules.
A complete argument can hardly be made here, but do yourself a favor if you wish to make a comment on or engage with Marx: read what Marx says. Like any other worthwhile intellectual, Marx takes a lot of effort (an acquaintance with Hegel helps a lot). Unlike most, Marx really was serious, even (especially) in relation to Das Kapital, that the point is not to understand the world, but to change it. Theory can never resolve the contradictions of the practical world, only revolutionary practice, the self-activity of the working class (most of us), can produce a society based on the 'free association of producers', in which 'the freedom of each is the precondition of the freedom of all'. Hardly the vision of a totalitarian.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Eight Volumes? 5 Oct 2012
By GLEN CANESSA Vicencio - Published on
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Das Kapital has only 3 volumes, or 4 if you consider the historic volume.
According to the sample, this ebook is only Volume 1, with its 8 PARTS (Part I to Part 8).
5.0 out of 5 stars What could be better? 30 Jun 2014
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Marx in your pocket. What could be better?
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 July 2014
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