The amnesia of social science regarding the crisis of the capitalist economy is not new, especially when silence is the price of your job or career. Consequently it's left to fearless Marxists like academic David Harvey in `The Enigma of capital and the crisis of capitalism' to lead the way to the truth and the light. Harvey considers the causes and effects of the current economic depression as the inevitable outcome of a capitalist world economy based on unsustainable human and environmental exploitation. In distinct chapters Harvey considers the human and especially the spatial relationships of capital as it overcomes all social and economic barriers to the pivotal pursuit of profit and growth - at any social, economic or environmental cost. The final chapters consider the alternative paths to a sustainable and equitable alternative to the prevailing capitalist model of profit maximization for the minority elite. This book is a timely, assessable and necessary introduction to a fuller understanding of the economic imperatives driving the modern capitalist economy.