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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; New edition edition (1 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840460555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840460551
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 1.2 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Rius on Marx is magnificent. He shows that pictures can amplify ideas, and that simplicity need not forgo subtlety’ -- New York Times Book Review

‘Rius’ remarkable little book on Marx is still the cornerstone of the list’ -- Don Paterson

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 10 July 2002
Format: Paperback
I've always been interested in communism but I never really knew much about it. I got this book as a present - after being told that the "Communist Manifesto" is too 'difficult' to understand (I am 16) - but hey. The books a little slim but it still makes a great introduction to marxism. It explains Marx's (and associates') ideas on the branch of communism tagged 'Marxim' easy to digest (it's in a semi-comic format), whilst giving you lots of background information. If you already know about marxism then this isn't the book for you (hence the title of the book), otherwise it's a great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a good starting-point to look at Marxism as the author lays down all the essential philosophical and historical knowledge before attempting orthodox Marxist theory. There is also a very useful section on further reading and a glossary of terms. The diagrams and illustrations bring the topic to life and the only disappointing aspect is that there is maybe a little too much hard print on the Manifesto, which throws the reader off a little, bearing in mind this is supposed to be an introduction. Its also strange to change the format so dramatically. Still, for anyone struggling to understand Marx, this is a great place to start because the author is very articulate and sets out the issues very clearly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. T. Rogers on 12 Dec. 2012
Format: Paperback
Congratulations are in order for the author: Mexican intellectual, political cartoonist and writer, Rius. 'Introducing Marx' is a first-rate introduction to the ideas of classical Marxism and also represents a successful debunking of the neo-Marxist false gods who distorted Marx's ideas and inflicted untold atrocities on mankind.

For those unfamiliar with Marx or who need a clear introduction to his ideas, this is a more than worthwhile investment. Comprehensive coverage of earlier philosophical work is given, the comic book format is entertaining, and Marx's work and ideas are explained with cogency and alacrity.

The central message, that Marxism (i.e. socialism) has not been tried is well-taken. It would be nice to live in a society that was not governed by the profit motive. Who knows? It might happen one day in some form, but whatever conclusion you come to after reading this book, one thing's for sure: you'll never see society in the same way again. Or at least you shouldn't, if you have been paying attention. As it states in the Editor's Introduction: "Rius has done his job by making Marx a little more familiar. The rest is up to us." A Merry Marxmas to one and all!
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By B. Connell on 16 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book gives some nice historical background on Marx's life. It takes a while to get going though as if does a tour of philosophy first. Later it quotes large chunks of the communist manifesto which isn't the easiest thing to read and I would have thought the point of the book would be to explain Marx's writing which it does do for a while. So It's a mix. It probably still is easier than the communist manifesto but if you are a competent intelligent reader you might do better with that.

It was scary picking up the book in the first place. Modern western culture has taught us to be suspicious and disproving of communism so just buying the thing can make you feel like the police are going to bang down your door. But there is nothing wrong with reading about communism and it is essential if you ever want to have an informed discussion about it.

The criticisms of capitalism still hold up today and I think the world would be much better if people understood these criticisms properly.

I'm still not 100% comfortable with calling myself a communist however. While it sounds great we've yet to see it work properly, that said I don't think we've seen it TRIED PROPERLY.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who knows nothing about Marx or Marxism because it is a really important criticism about the way our world works, a world which most people probably wish worked differently but didn't know what that difference should be. This book makes some really interesting suggestions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Coverley on 4 July 2011
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A fantastic outline, highly recommended, especially with Introducing Hegel. Rius shows he has a firm grasp of Marx and his creation, and this will assist you in gently sliding into Marxist theory with the minimum of brain ache.
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