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Buy Karl Marx New Ed by Francis Wheen (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Karl Marx has ratings and 85 reviews. Ahmad said: Karl Marx, Francis Wheenتاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفتم مارس سال میلادیعنوان: کارل مارکس؛ نویسنده. Francis Wheen’s biography of Marx, from which this is extracted, even the most devoted follower of Karl Marx will recognise the merit of Francis’s study.

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Sep 13, Henry Louis rated it it was ok Shelves: Marx himself also wrote a lot, some of which has only been published relatively recently. We always heard that Marx was a humorless drudge, the equivalent of a computer geek, slaving away in the British Museum Reading Room. After he started Das Kapital, he was forever and a day promising to deliver the manuscript to the publishers, forever and a day putting it off.

Why was the thought of this man, who lived his debt-ridden life sponging off his capitalist friend Engels, and who took years to write an unreadable book, so powerful as to change the face of the Twentieth Century? Unencumbered by ideological point-scoring, this is a maarx readable, humorous and sympathetic account.

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Maybe you already know about Karl Marx, the intellect. This book I would prescribe to all – history buffs, political fanatics, and simply readers, because this is an exemplary work. These carbuncles gave a colorful edge to his work. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.


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In an obituary of Christopher Hitchens, his longtime friend, Francis Wheen recounted Hitch’s ludicrously improbable experiences and his exceptional clarity of mind, no matter how inebriated.

Perhaps that is what even the author excels at: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Karl Marx by Francis Wheen. A very good book, I highly recommend it. The author has clearly a sympathy for You may not be astonished by this thought. Thank you for your feedback. Francis Wheen’s fresh, lively and moving biography of Marx considers the whole man–brain, beard and the rest of his body.

At one point I had at least a couple hundred dollars worth of books in my hand hardbacks at bookstore prices. He could round up the troops, get anything he wanted passed when he was running, say, the International Working Men’s Association. A major biography of the man who, more than any other, made the twentieth century.

And yet, damn it, the man was a genius. For one, it is only pages. By contrast Wheen takes the view that Marx in Das Capital is the equivalent of Dickens as a great painter of the landscape of Victorian Britain.

An We always heard that Marx was a humorless drudge, the equivalent of whren computer geek, slaving away in the British Museum Reading Room. By the time they got to the last, they krl drunk enough that they began to throw cobblestones at streetlights until the police came running. A strict marxist may frown about all the talk about Marx’s carbuncles, but I personally felt really touch by the life of this man.


Marx here comes by as a sectarian asshole alienating almost all his comrades all the time, as being mostly dirt poor, but also as being unable on giving up on bourgeois conveniences private secretary, maid etc that fitted a man of his caste and therefore leading his family to unnecessarily suffer from lack of foodas a loving housefather that becomes a real softy at old age, as one that jokes together with Engels about crancis jews, of him supposedly impregnating the maid, as a serious binge-drinker, and how he rises and falls in infamy several times in his life.

So I bought that book, and then I put it on my shelf as a decoration and then forgot about it for the next several years.

In a famous riff on Hegel, Marx once said that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. Oct 08, Chad Holman rated it it was amazing. I think Wheen, like myself, had already made his mind iarl about Marx before he approached this book.

A loveable old rogue

Practical need, self interest. There are many more thorough books on Marx, but few as enjoyable, and this is a great introduction to his life and times. Eleven people showed up for his funeral.