Marx's Das Kapital: A Biography

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 2007 - Political Science - 130 pages
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In this brilliant book, "as gripping and as readable as a first-rate thriller,” Francis Wheen, author of the most successful biography of Karl Marx, tells the story of Das Kapital and Karl Marx’s twenty-year struggle to complete his unfinished masterpiece. (The Sunday Telegraph) 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. In this "exhilarating read,” Wheen 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. (The Times, London) Furthermore, Wheen argues, as long as capitalism endures, Das Kapital demands to be read and understood.

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User Review  - Mandarinate - LibraryThing

A short but sweet telling of the creation and birth of Marx's magnum opus, and its afterlife. Not as biographical as Isaiah Berlin's Marx or as relevant to today's economic situation as David Harvey's ... Read full review

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User Review  - DrT - LibraryThing

Marx's Das Kapital: A Biography Books that changed the world by Francis Wheen is a little book under 150 pages. I checked this book out of the library and I really enjoyed it. I’m sure it sounds dull ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

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

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