Karl Marx: A Life

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 22, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 431 pages
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In this stunning book, the first comprehensive biography of Marx since the end of the Cold War, Francis Wheen gives us not a socialist ogre but a fascinating, ultimately humane man, while still examining the criticisms of his detractors. A study in contradictions, Karl Marx was at once a reserved scholar, a fiery agitator, and a gregarious socialite, while his intellect and ideology were once described as "Rousseau, Voltaire, and Hegel fused into one person." He lived both at the center and on the fringes of his age, and his oratory and writing continue to change the contemporary world. In his entertaining, offbeat style, Wheen offers an eminently readable biography of one of history's most unforgettable figures. "Wheen's portrait of Marx's life is artfully shaped and makes delectable reading."—New York Times "A magnificent portrait of Marx.... Bravo!"—A. N. Wilson "[E]xpertly researched, admirably objective, eminently humane, and plenty entertaining."—Boston Book Review
  

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User Review  - Lolita Lark - Goodreads

We always heard that Marx was a humorless drudge, the equivalent of a computer geek, slaving away in the British Museum Reading Room. Nonsense. He was a merry one, or at least as merry as one could be ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ron - Goodreads

An excellent biography of Marx. Focuses on his personal trials and tribulations. There's politics too. No matter what your views are on Marx this is an entertaining read about a fascinating man and an extraordinary life. Read full review

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Contents

The Outsider
7
The Little Wild Boar
31
The Grasseating King
61
The Mouse in the Attic
89
The Frightful Hobgoblin
115
The Megalosaurus
149
The Hungry Wolves
179
The Hero on Horseback
215
The Rogue Elephant
315
The Shaven Porcupine
349
Consequences
385
Confessions
387
Regicide
389
Acknowledgements
391
Endnotes
393
Index
421

The Bulldogs and the Hyena
261
The Shaggy Dog
293

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Page 4 - Communists disdain to conceal their views and aims. They openly declare that their ends can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions. Let the ruling classes tremble at a Communistic revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Working men of all countries, unite!

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About the author (2001)

Francis Wheen is an award-winning columnist for "The Guardian" in London, & the deputy editor of "Private Eye".

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