on 10 August 2013
Originally written and illustrated by Mexican cartoonist Rius to educate the poor of South America, this is a great pithy introduction to the works of Marx for anyone who's not quite ready to wade through Das Kapital.
With good concise summaries of Marx's connections to German philosophy and French socialism, the book sets his writings in the context of his life and history, as well as giving basic explanations of Marxist concepts like surplus profit and alienation.
Rius is clearly a fan so this is not the place to come for criticism of Marx's works. But if you're looking for a sparky introduction to the thinker that can be read in one sitting, this is it.
If I had one criticism, it would be that there could have been slightly more on Marx and slightly less on his philosophical antecedents, which some readers will already be familiar with.