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Karl Marx a Giant of a Man in a book which shows his dreadful life lived, but making a Huge Impression up Western Thought
on 24 November 2015
I must admit I hadn’t heard of Francis Wheen, but I knew all about Karl Marx, having first encountered him in O Level Sociology in 1984 (as a mature student). Karl Marx taught me all my feelings about being Alienated (working in a factory). Francis Wheen has written a marvellous book about Karl Marx making the grand old man very real, and very human. One thing which surprised me about Karl Marx was, he spoke English and read Classic 19th Century Classic English Literature. My own thoughts about Karl Marx were he simply buried himself in the London Library, and never learnt English. Francis Wheen’s book shows the awful vicissitudes Karl Marx suffered in his life in the 19th Century -pretty much as anyone did at that time – constant ill health and penury. If like me you are interested in Sociology/Political/Social Reality then this is the book for you. It is an immeasurably readable book, and well worth the purchase price. Karl Marx like many other greats is considered as what is know as “Grand Theory,” which can be neither proved nor disproved – but Karl Marx was a human being, and Karl Marx contributed to the study of Capitalism and it’s inherent evils. I thoroughly and completely endorse this book as being very interesting, illuminating, and very readable and a great testament to a great man of Sociology, Politics, Economics, a man who made a massive impression upon 20th/21st thought.