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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (26 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141192569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141192567
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vladimir Lenin was born in 1870 and was one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. He became a revolutionary, a communist politician, the principal leader of the October Revolution, the first head of the Russian Soviet Socialist Republic and, from 1922, the first de facto leader of the Soviet Union. He wrote Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism while in exile in Switzerland during the First World War.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T. Limerston on 18 Feb. 2007
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Written at the turn of the last century this book might seem a little out dated. Especially given that capitalism has both outlived the end of empire and the socialism with which Lenin sought to replace it. Yet within the context of the 21st century does it prehaps have a renewed relevance? Thus in terms of globalization Lenin wasn't so much wrong as premature. If we swap imperialism and its direct policitcal control, with the neo-imperialsim of today with its 'de facto' enconomic and corporate control we might not ask if this is the last stage of capitialism. What will happen when the thrid world develops? Where will sources of cheap labour and outsourcing be found? It is to these questions that Lenin's classic tract might provide renewed insights.....
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maxari on 11 Jun. 2012
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Studying global politics for A2, I wanted to understand the Neo-Marxist spin on international relations and this pamphlet was recommended to me by several sources.
I'm really glad I pushed myself to read it as Lenin manages to effectively explain almost all motivations and actions in the global system and link it back to the greed of the select few.

I'd heard similar things before, but never explained in such a thorough and comprehensive way. It really pours water on the Neo-Liberal attitudes most people seem to hold with regard to states and the 'globalised economy'.
Definitely changed how I see the world [though I must say, things appear far more bleak than before haha].

What stopped being a 5* product was the swathes of graphs & data on banks & corporations. I'm sure at the time of publication this was a very necessary and interesting aspect of the pamphlet but today it just makes it a bit laborious to get through.
[although it was interesting to know institutions like JP Morgan and AEG are *that* old]
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on 26 Mar. 2008
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Those who think this little book outdated might care to think about how sucessful finance capital has been recently - not! Wall Street and the City of London are casinos, spinning money - they think - out of thin air.
Actually, all the wealth they fling around derives from human labour. Without adequate incomes, people can't pay their debts.
Without payments, the merry-go-round stutters to a halt.
Sub-prime crisis, anyone? So then the self-styled 'masters of the universe' start to panic, and look around for cheap ways to recoup - wars, anyone?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colin Craig on 11 April 2013
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Lenin's book is one of the most important of the last century. It outlines the growth of monopoly capitalism, and the wars for resources to which it inevitably leads. Nothing, of course, has changed, and this book remains an excellent, indeed necessary, background for any student of modern politics.
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