Communist Manifesto (Skeptical Reader Series) Paperback – 5 Mar 2009
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'As a force for change, its influence has been surpassed only by the Bible. As a piece of writing, it is a masterpiece' -- Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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If you are interested in reading the Communist Manifesto, it's well worth getting this one, rather than saving yourself a few quid on an edition which just contains the Manifesto itself. Without putting this book in its historical context, you're likely to find yourself thinking "so what?!". The intro is academic and dense at times, but well worth the effort.
The most enlightening aspect of the manifesto itself, for me, is what is NOT in it, rather than what is. There isn't a description of how a communist society should look, for starters. The story of this book is the story of a pamphlet written for a specific time and place, which became an iconic work when it was seized on by the Soviets for reasons of political expediency. I'm sure if Marx and Engels knew what they would turn this book into, they would have written it very differently. No wonder Marx is quoted as saying "I am not a Marxist".
As for the thing itself, I think I'll avoid saying anything too inflammatory in this review. I think that whether you agree with Marx or not, everyone should read this document (no excuse now it only costs a quid). A lot of people make vast sweeping statements about how Marx was completely wrong when they (and I don't mean everyone) in fact haven't even read the Communist Manifesto. If you can't even be bothered to read 30 pages of relatively easy reading then how can you talk about such things? In any case, Marx is in fact very misunderstood, which is only inevitable given how disagreeable his ideas (the ones he *did* have not the ones people wrongly associate with him) are to some people. You need to read this to understand what Marx was actually for, and what he in fact wasn't.Read more ›
I do not agree with Marx but this book is indispensible to understanding the history of the 20th Century, you cannot reach into the mindset of many of the leading actors without tackling this book. There is a reason so many intelligent men and women saw within this book such a lot of truth and tried (in my view falsely) to apply it to their societies- this is a book which deserves to be read by any individual who thinks that they think. If you have read it and dismissed it or not read it you are not yet someone who has grappled with what the world is or might be. The thesis was when it was published provocative- it borrowed from Hegel, Rousseau and even for one of its most significant phrases Edmund Burke and retains features of Hegelian historical progression and Rousseauian account of the formation of civilised man- put together though it is a work of genius and deserves to be read now.
This book is as pertinent today as it was when it was written. The huge changes in the political scene, the growth of capitalistic society, the failed attempts at the implication of so called communism and the oversights the authors freely admitted do not retract from the message running through the text.
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Marx and Engels wrote this historic extended booklet in German in the mid-nineteenth century (this edition is an English... Read more
Excellent and informative wee book, controversial in it's time but good read today.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this for my son who was studying philosophy and religion and he thinks it has helped him with his A levelsPublished 15 days ago by sammy68
I don't buy into the communist philosophy myself, I read this book purely out of curiosity. It's a little difficult to follow in parts, and I did have to look up a few of the... Read morePublished 16 days ago by L
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It was quite a thought-provoking read and I have always wanted to read it. Read morePublished 23 days ago by James
A fascinating but objective book serving its readers many subjective thoughts throughout its callous text. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer