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The Communist Manifesto (Penguin Classics)

The Penguin Classics edition of Karl Marx' and Friedrich Engel's 1848 political and economic manifesto.

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Probably the most important political document of the last century

  • Jul 1, 2010

It is hard to review something like The Communist Manifesto while remaining politically neutral but I think it is safe to say that The Communist Manifesto is among the most important political works published in the last few centuries, if not the most important.

Bearing that in mind then it is quite disappointing to see just how small it is. To compare to the capitalist (a term which Marx coined!) equivalent, The Wealth of Nations, the entire manifesto can fit inside one of its chapters. It's nowhere near as comprehensive and yet has shaped the ideas of nations. The brevity in The Communist Manifesto is likely to have contributed to the vast amount of schisms in communist ideology due to differing interpretations. 

With all that being said it does contain some ideas that are very interesting and ideas that would have been revolutionary at the time of it being published. When workers were made to work in dangerous conditions for countless hours every day with little breaks for paltry wages you can see why people would have liked Marx's ideas. In fact some of his ideas such as a free education for all are standard practice now. 

To what degree you enjoy this book really depends on your political beliefs. Either way it should be required reading if you're into politics at all as it's a very important document. If you want to understand Marx's ideas in better detail however I recommend you read Das Kapital.


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Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
Marx's Communist Manifesto is a piece of political history. Though his political and economic policies were only possible during the era of the industrial revolution, it makes for an interesting read.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Marx and Engels fable about unionization and sharing the wealth. It was too unrealistic to ever be adopted where Marx thought it cshould be. Instead it became the social plan in an agrarian culture making no sense whatsoever.
Quick Tip by . June 05, 2010
An indispensable political manifesto that examines social and economic issues from a very left of center and progressive way. Controversial because of the various political regimes that have claimed to be Communist in order to further their own goals, but this book is essential nonetheless. A bible for the oppressed in a world of social inequality and the monopoly of the legal system by the bourgeoisie.
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Author: Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels
Genre: Economic Conditions, General, French, Political, Communism & Socialism, Radical Thought, Marxism, All French Books, Nonfiction, Professional & Technical, Philosophy, Political Ideologies

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