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The Communist Manifesto Paperback – January 1, 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 29 pages
  • Publisher: Merlin Press; New edition edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850364787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850364781
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeffrey Isaac is James H. Rudy Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Study of Democracy and Public Life at Indiana University, and Editor in Chief of the journal Perspectives on Politics. He lives in Bloomington, IN. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I had heard so much about this book and I am so glad that I finally got it.
Norma
I don't know how viable this can possibly be seeing as how history has given us no example where someone does not try to take power in order to exploit the weak.
Pax Romana
I, personally, agree with Marx's and Engels' words, but even if I didn't, I couldn't rate it negatively; IT'S THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 19, 2010
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"Communist Manifesto" is one of the most fascinating and significant works of political philosophy. Regardless of your political views this is an important book and anyone interested in the history of ideas ought to read it. I had read it for the first time back in college and decided to re-read it when I came across the free Kindle edition.

The Manifesto is written in a very powerful and passionate style, and it's really high on rhetoric. Unlike most other Marx' or Engels' works it is not written in order to analyze historical or philosophical ideas as much as to inspire and give communists a very clear and well-defined set of principles for which they ought to stand. Nonetheless, the Manifesto presents the reader with all the major intellectual positions that communists of all stripes have promoted for over a century and a half: history and politics as class struggles, demonization of "bourgeoisie," dismissal of all other socialist movements, call for the abolishment of private property and the traditional family. Manifesto is also very dismissive of any intellectual objections to its ideas, dismissing all of them with a single sentence. It has become fashionable in certain circles to claim that the eventual horrors of communism were due to the "distortion" of Marx' and Engels' thought, but after reading the Manifesto it is hard to imagine that any of the revolutionary changes that they called for to be implemented in any other way than through extreme violence. "Communist Manifesto" is the line in send that had been drawn very early in the history of communism, and it is very easy to see how all the subsequent tragic developments have been acted out according to this playbook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lahryn on May 15, 2014
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I was interested in reading the Communist Manifesto, since I teach World and US history. I do not agree with all of his points but it's still good to read it from the source instead of just analyzing based off of other people's perception.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By me on November 27, 2012
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This should be a must read for all 11 grade students. They need to know where we are heading and why this will tell them
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By Phyllis Blenkhorn on July 31, 2014
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exactly what i expected. Simple, in expensive. thanks
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lynkeroncho on January 26, 2011
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I was able to overthrow the establishment with this*. Very useful and helpful!!

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By Jose Plascencia on July 25, 2014
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Great piece of literature.
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By zhuxiulei on August 6, 2014
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hard to read
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pax Romana on March 21, 2014
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"A specter is haunting Europe—the specter of Communism."

PROs:

* One of the most influential books of all time that changed the world

* Unique view of how history has progressed

* Compelling critique of capitalism

* Introduces a completely novel economic system

CONs:

* Many of the complaints lodged against capitalism do not hold nearly as much weight now

* Hard to fully comprehend without a pretty good understanding of European history and economic history

"The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guildmaster and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed."

The Communist Manifesto covers a very large amount of information in a very short amount of time. This inevitably means that the statements made are not fully supported, but this is not the point of a manifesto, the purpose of which is to powerfully and coherently state a set of goals for a particular party.

I think the first part of the manifesto was the most interesting. In it a unique (but brief) evaluation of history is given, with Marx's famous "class struggle" statement. It is concluded that all antagonisms and conflicts in history have their root in class warfare (nobleman and serf, freeman and slave, etc.) Up until Marx's time, each epoch in history had many different classes, and each time a lower classes would rebel against the upper class minority, the only thing accomplished would be a reconstructed class system with the same root problem.
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