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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Abridged edition edition (17 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199535701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199535705
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 3 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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David McLellan is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Kent.


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Much has obviously been said of this work! Humanist-Marxists say it is too mechanistic whilst analytic Marxists try to ignore the Dickensian passages which describe working conditions. In truth this book, in true Marxian style is the 'dialectical' synthesis of basically all that went before. Marx forswears many of the grinding debates with other intellectuals and revolutionaries of the time in favour of a 'capitalism for dummies style'. Your hand is held as you progress from simple 'laws', each of which is taken to the limit of its logic before the next idea is broached.

In fact what is striking is how pertinent this book is even today. Granted things have moved on, and it is no longer 'grim up north' but even a quick consideration makes one realise how our service-industry-fueled economy still holds to most of the same processes as Marx noted all those years ago. Beaudrillard claimed Marx was superseded because consumption has now trumped production, but a read of Capital and a bit of thought soon puts that idea to rest.

It is worth ignoring the suggestions that The German Ideology is a good introduction to Marx, or that Capital is some advanced monolith. It is large, but completely readable; just as readable as Manifesto, only longer. Despite spawning abstruse French theorists, Russian and Chinese revolutions and analysis second only in quantity to the Bible there is nothing to be intimidated about.
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Despite the vast numbers of people who have read (or claim to have read!) this book, there is still no real understanding of what it says. In other reviews, and in the books of many right-wing thinkers, the book is criticised for the laws that Marx claimed to have discovered, such as the ever-decreasing law of profit, the law of decreasing wages (although in actual fact Marx said the wages of workers would fall relative to that of capitalists, which is undeniable) and the labour theory of value. However, the book does not stand or fall on these laws, so whether they are correct or not is, to some degree, irrelevant. Marx wrote a melo-drama, an economic parody (Francis Wheen). He points out the absurdity of the system, using irony (the capitalist, 'mr moneybags') and so on. Yes, Marx was too enthralled by science, but so was every 19th century thinker (incl. Adam Smith who agreed with the labour theory of value). The book is a MUST read, not for the accuracy of its scientific laws necessarily but for its brilliant overview of capitalism and its thundering criticism of it, which is still very relevant today in a world where 2 billion people live on less than $2 per day and where crippling debt make any chance of poorer countries working their way out of poverty impossible.
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This abridgement of Capital is very well written (I prefer it to the Penguin Classics translation) and a helpful introduction, BUT (and it's a significant but!) is missing many important footnotes and sections from the full text. Marx's theoretical framework is all there, as far as I can judge, but many of the important historical references have been edited out. This edition is far slimmer and travel-friendly as a result, but loses some of Marx's colour.

For readers buying a copy of Capital to read alongside David Harvey's "A Companion to Marx's Capital" or his phenomenal free lectures I would strongly recommend that you buy the Penguin (unabridged) edition - or both! This was the only version available in my local bookshop when I started and I was desperate to get going so I bit the bullet, with the result that I've spent several hours reading missing sections on a .pdf version of the full text.

In any format, Capital makes for fascinating and world-view affecting reading. Highly recommended.
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This book has greatly changed the way I look at the world. It is a captivating and thought provoking read. I think what capitalism is, is hard to define, but this book should give the reader a real feel for what it is, and for why this book changed the world. Marx's intellect is razor sharp! I didn't find it an easy read; It required concentration, and I often had to re-read sections. To anyone who is about to read the book I would suggest making notes during the first section where Marx defines a lot of terminology. It's by far the best book I have read.
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This piece of work is one of Marx's greatest works, in this book Karl Marx renders the world in a different light . Marx lays the concept of the dialectic on a potent historical foundation, at a time when mass poverty and rapid industrialisation was commonplace. Marx exlains and presents the multifarious bourgeouise injustices that are often accepted and viewed as normal by the proletarian community. Marx also portrays a system of exploitation and alienation that has prevailed under bourgeouise rule, which aims to divide society into frail groups, as oppossed to revolutionary political movements.However, unlike other philosophers, Karl Marx offers a systematic method of emancipation, by reflecting vivid images of violent revolution, proletarian overthrow of the bourgeouise state, temporary "proletarian dictatorship" and finally resulting in the state "withering" away, and a society of classlessness emerging. Marx's writing in this book,as in all his books, is extremely profound. This book should be seen as the main meal and the "Communist Manifesto" should be consumed as the desert, as both books fantastically complement each other. This book is a MUST read for all those who have even the slightest interest in the world of economics or politics.
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