Half of the book is about various long-forgotten German philosophers that the grand old man deftly debunks. It is the other half which is mainly of interest for us today, in which Marx gives the basics of his philosophic system. Anyone worried about not understanding Marx should read this half of the book. It is totally approachable, and very friendly, written in superb style, with generous doses of humour. Even Marx's philosophical opponents will be surprised with what they will find here. The system he proposes sounds the epitome of sound common sense, while his presentation of the failings and the strengths of the capitalist system will have even hardened private marketeers nodding to themselves in agreement, or even chuckling up their sleeve.