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Das Kapital: A Critique of Political Economy (Skeptical Reader) by [Marx, Karl]
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Das Kapital, Karl Marx's masterwork, is the book that above all others formed the twentieth century. From Kapital sprung the economic and political systems that in our time dominated half the earth and for half a century kept the world on the brink of war. Even today, one billion Chinese remain in the power of the Marxist system. Yet this important and powerful work has been passed over by many readers frustrated by Marx's difficult style and his preoccupation with nineteenth-century events of little relevance to today's reader. Now Serge Levitsky presents a new revised version of this masterpiece, carefully retranslated for the modern reader and abridged to emphasize the political and philosophical core of Marx's work, while trimming away much that is now unimportant. Here then is a fresh and highly readable version of a work whose ideas have influenced the lives of nearly every person alive today.

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Described as one of the most influential figures in human history, Karl Marx was a German philosopher and economist who wrote extensively on the benefits of socialism and the flaws of free-market capitalism. His most notable works, Das Kapital and The Communist Manifesto (the latter of which was co-authored by his collaborator Friedrich Engels), have since become two of history s most important political and economic works. Marxism the term that has come to define the philosophical school of thought encompassing Marx s ideas about society, politics and economics was the foundation for the socialist movements of the twentieth century, including Leninism, Stalinism, Trotskyism, and Maoism. Despite the negative reputation associated with some of these movements and with Communism in general, Marx s view of a classless socialist society was a utopian one which did not include the possibility of dictatorship. Greatly influenced by the philosopher G. W. F. Hegel, Marx wrote in radical newspapers from his young adulthood, and can also be credited with founding the philosophy of dialectical materialism. Marx died in London in 1883 at the age of 64.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 908 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 089526711X
  • Publisher: Gateway Editions; Reprint edition (27 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KP788K
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
This is a heavily abridged version of Das Kapital which on top of that has no references and no footnotes. Given that this piece of information is not available in the description of the item which is supposed to be a 'Collector's Edition' I felt cheated when I got this book for which I paid an unreasonable sum of money.
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Format: Paperback
Interpreted and with foreword from someone who knows nothing about Marx, unable to formulate critical thinking and analysis. Best avoided. The best one to get is the Penguine version of Capital that goes along with the David Harvey lecture series which are free online.
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Format: Paperback
£7.19 for an abridged version of an out of copyright text? I think the Marxist critique of capitalism is proved absolutely correct. Mind you, Mein Kampf is over £28...
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To understand the modern world I think that everyone should at least read Das Kapital, the Koran, the Bible and Mein Kampf. We can only comment upon the state we find the world in by understanding how it got there the, ideas that formed and the minds that shaped it. The book does not disappoint, although the ideas are now dated. The world that Marx inhabited was very different to the one we now live in.
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