Marx's Das Kapital: A Biography

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 2007 - Political Science - 130 pages
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In vivid detail, Francis Wheen tells the story of Das Kapital and Karl Marx's twenty-year struggle to complete his unfinished masterpiece. Born in a two-room flat in London's Soho amid political squabbles and personal tragedy, the first volume of Das Kapital was published in 1867, to muted praise. But after Marx's death, the book went on to influence thinkers, writers, and revolutionaries, from George Bernard Shaw to V. I. Lenin, changing the direction of twentieth-century history. Wheen's captivating, accessible book shows that, far from being a dry economic treatise, Das Kapital is like a vast Gothic novel whose heroes are enslaved by the monster they created: capitalism. Furthermore, Wheen argues, as long as capitalism endures, Das Kapital demands to be read and understood.

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The latest entry in this series lives up to its "biography" conceit. Wheen concisely recounts the birth, life, and legacy of the most challenging and formidable title in Marx's canon-incomplete at ... Read full review

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a book for people in financial system

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About the author (2007)

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

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