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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019936026X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199360260
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A dynamic re-working of Marx...full of key insights and outside-the-box analysis Socialist Worker Praise for The Enigma of Capital: 'A lucid and penetrating account of how the power of capital shapes our world -- Book of the Week Independent A well-timed call for the overthrow of capitalism ... elegant ... entertainingly swashbuckling Financial Times

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David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is among the top twenty most cited authors in the humanities and is the world's most cited academic geographer. His books include The Limits to Capital, Social Justice and the City, and The Condition of Postmodernity, among many others.

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David Harvey teaches at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and is the author of many books including Social Justice and the City, The Condition of Postmodernity, The Limits to Capital, A Brief History of Neoliberalism and Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development.

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Gives a good pointer on what kind of actions and goals that truly challenges capital.
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More importantly, it's a must read book for everybody who not only wants to understand the dynamics of the crisis of capitalism, but who also want to find the way out.
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David is an excellent scholar and has an in-depth understanding of economics in its broadest sense that matches the best that the world has to offer.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By J. Edgar Mihelic on April 21, 2014
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In this new book, Harvey explores 17 different contradictions - not in the sense of opposition, but contradiction where "two seemingly opposed forces are simultaneously present" (1), such as reality and appearance. These contradictions are both points of strengths and weaknesses for Harvey (and others in the Marxian tradition). He divides up the contradictions he identifies into Foundation, Moving, and Dangerous types, and explains how each of the 17 titular contradictions work in Capital's system.

Truth be told, I don't want to get analytical here. I was just chugging along, and finding Harvey's points of consonance until I got to the end. If you like Harvey, you will like this book. It wasn't as accessible as his earlier "Enigma of Capital," in my opinion. You may need a minute to get with his style, but he is very exact with his wordings.

My main take-away is that in the face of even 17 contradictions, capital is not going to fall in on itself. The grave-diggers still need to dig. That is bad news for me because I am normally so passive. Perhaps I should stop trying to understand the world and maybe go change it. Or Maybe tomorrow.

By this point, I have read enough David Harvey to know his house style. Loquacious in person, his prose can feel torturous at times. That's not a critique per se, but an acknowledgement of Harvey's desire to be exact in his language. It also brings about sentences of absolute beauty from time to time. You just have to be on the alert for them. I flagged a couple, but I won't drop them in here without context. I'll just point you to pages 91, 125, 130, and also the title of the review.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By James Pitre on April 21, 2014
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David is an excellent scholar and has an in-depth understanding of economics in its broadest sense that matches the best that the world has to offer. His insightful views of many of the most glaring contradictions inherent in the capitalist system are explained in simple terms that gave me a fresh and simplified way to make better sense of the massive quantity of data swirling around us today. The book could easily be rated 5 stars, however I dropped it to 4 stars because the solutions offered at the end of the book seem to me to be a letdown after the insightful description of the problems and contradictions explained in the first 95% of the book. This often happens in extreme complex systems when there are no clear solutions from any source even after the problems are clearly defined. David makes a good try at answers, but unfortunately for us all, we are a work in progress with no clearly defined path to follow - this book lays out many of the areas that we all need to address and it is my fervent hope that with enough of us on task, we will find the way to our next level if civilization.. David has done/is doing his part.
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26 of 36 people found the following review helpful By paul on March 23, 2014
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If you know Harvey's work, rush to get this one on your reading list! If you haven't read Harvey and happen to be interested in understanding the volatile dynamics and not always so apparent contradictions of the global economic system wrecking chaos throughout the world, this is the perfect book to begin the process of opening a deeper understanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jracademia on June 5, 2014
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First, a review of the seller: It was delivered as described, on time, and in good packaging. I have no complaints about this purchase, and would buy from this seller again.

Now, the book:
It is incredibly dense to read, but this is what I signed up for! Capitalism, as we know it, is founded upon contradictions of various forms. Understanding the theoretical foundations of capitalism, and how the justifications have evolved over time, is crucial to any serious critique. I admit to having a less-than-orthodox understanding of the modern market economy, but even the most staunch of market advocates should seriously consider reading this book. There are considerations on the economy that superficial reflection cannot reveal...This book does a good job of starting conversations that are crucial critiques of the economic status quo. No matter your political bent, this will educate you Socratically, if you allow it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ebony B. Rose on June 28, 2014
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This text should be read by anyone who believes that what the status quo offers us currently Benifits only the top .01% , and that capitalism has to end in order for us to fully maximize our human potential.
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By Frederik Egdal on July 13, 2014
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Great book with exiting and interesting points.
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By d teran on July 7, 2014
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David Harvey put his finger very critical timely events and process that the left must consider to have a good political strategy. Nevertheless it would be better if he add explanations about the practical results of seventeen contradictions, especially most fundamental ones
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