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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (3 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781251606
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781251607
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following on from The Enigma of Capital, the world's leading Marxist thinker explores the hidden workings of capital and reveals the forces that will lead inexorably to the demise of our system.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Jane Bushby on 2 May 2014
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I am taking my time reading this extensive analysis of the state of capitalism in the 21st century post 2007 slump. David Harvey succeeds in presenting the complexity of the subject in clear understandable prose. Consequently, whilst the situation being described and analysed is dire, paradoxically, the reading is enjoyable. The pleasure comes from learning really useful knowledge and David Harvey deomonstrates in this book that he is a superb teacher.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By karen voncripps on 4 July 2014
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This is not an easy book to read. David Harvey clearly sees the end of capitalism either completely or the form we have now. That we are in a mess is obvious, that governments are not finding an alternative is true, no one is thinking about solutions beyond the vicious cycle of austerity, which cuts jobs and makes people have less money or no money at all, which leads to no spending, so demand goes down and that leads to job losses. I see pitchforks and burning torches for both the mega-rich and politicians if we do not get off this road we are on. The complete collapse of economies looms. What will come out of that is up to those in change now. But i am not holding my breath on any of them doing the right thing.This book confirmed my worse fears and offered a solution in Socialism, not the extreme Communism but a way out of this mess.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stan Allen on 19 July 2014
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really gives you food for thought.! things I have never really considered before, but have always been suspicious about begin to come clear, Can the ordinary person ever win over self interested politicians and investment people ? The motive of greed needs to be really examined Now
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keepin' it Left on 20 Sept. 2014
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A thorough examination of the contradictions of Capital. I'm a Lefty, so I may well be biased but students of economics of all hues would do well to read this.

Now, the point is to change it.
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Valuable, but not quite what I was expecting...

I was looking for an interesting book on the mechanics and workings of finance at its most fundamental level. This book appeared to fit that description quite well with the added bonus of being right up to date and anchored in recent world events which I experienced and even felt in day to day life. Also, it was on offer...!

Without doubt, it is a lengthy tome, so value for money is covered. The beginning of the book seemed to be exactly what I wanted - a discussion of various financial theories in some depth, without becoming too dry hand using real-world examples to illustrate. The basics of capitalism and how it works were covered nicely and all seemed to be set for an interesting and insightful look at the present and future, from an intellectual starting point.

To some extent, this is indeed what is delivered. However, the further I went from the first two or three chapters, the more I felt I was being not just taught, but canvassed. The style of the prose became much more 'first person', much less dispassionate and at times, heavily political and emotional. Without doubt, these views (for this is what they are) are strongly-held and cogent. They are also, I am sure, representative of a great many people who have been affected badly by the Crisis and who are still trying to get back to where they were before it all began, at the same time as the 'rich get richer'.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Durrant on 9 Jan. 2015
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Nitty Gritty - revolutionary and straight talking
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