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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Liveright; 1 edition (3 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780871404671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871404671
  • ASIN: 0871404672
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 4.3 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 743,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Jonathan Sperber's excellent biography succeeds splendidly in reshaping our image of the man and his thoughts." --Ian Kershaw

In what will probably be the definitive biography of Karl Marx for years to come, [Sperber] reminds us that Marx was a 19th-century man, his life much closer to the French Revolution than to the Russian. --Prospect Magazine

[Sperber] has given us a Marx for the post-Marxist age, a superb 21st-century biography that sets its subject firmly in his 19th-century context but also explains why his legacy continues to be fought over. --London Review of Books

Sperber seeks to understand and explain Marx purely within the context of his times [...] and he succeeds magnificently in this task. --The Telegraph

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For nearly a century, Karl Marx has been imprisoned by "isms", misinterpreted through the writings of Engels and the totalitarian aspirations of Lenin and Stalin. Challenging this antiquated portrait, Jonathan Sperber demonstrates that Marx had more in common with Robespierre than with twentieth-century Communists. Using the recently opened complete Marx and Engels database, Sperber juxtaposes the private man against the public agitator who helped foment the 1848-49 Revolution and whose incendiary books inflamed the dissident world of Europe. Sperber not only animates Marx's personal life but also presents Marx's story against a backdrop of contemporaries. Like Peter Gay's Freud and Ian Kershaw's Hitler, Karl Marx becomes the defining portrait of a towering historical figure.

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