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The Communist Manifesto [Paperback]

Karl Marx , Friedrich Engels , Samuel Moore
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January 1, 1998 0850364787 978-0850364781

Marx and Engels's Communist Manifesto has become one of the world’s most influential political tracts since its original 1848 publication. Part of the Rethinking the Western Tradition series, this edition of the Manifesto features an extensive introduction by Jeffrey C. Isaac, and essays by Vladimir Tismaneanu, Steven Lukes, Saskia Sassen, and Stephen Eric Bronner, each well known for their writing on questions central to the Manifesto and the history of Marxism. These essays address the Manifesto's historical background, its impact on the development of twentieth-century Communism, its strengths and weaknesses as a form of ethical critique, and its relevance in the post-1989, post-Cold War world. This edition also includes much ancillary material, including the many Prefaces published in the lifetimes of Marx and Engels, and Engels's "Principles of Communism."

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 29 pages
  • Publisher: Merlin Press (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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Specter of Communism is Still With Us 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend March 21, 2014
"A specter is haunting Europe—the specter of Communism."


* 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


* 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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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay! January 26, 2011
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I was able to overthrow the establishment with this*. Very useful and helpful!!

*Your results may vary.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great 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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5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO July 3, 2014
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Well, I mean, it's the Communist Manifesto. Even if you don't agree with the ideas, it's an interesting essay, and it's vital to our world's history. 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! What else would you expect?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting May 15, 2014
By Lahryn
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars It's hard to believe that this was written in the 19th century and not...
No wonder why this is widely read. This material is so spot-on,so far ahead of its time as i read it i had to look back and re-convince myself that it was written over a hundred... Read more
Published 4 months ago by che handala
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad pretty satisfied
Thinner thennid expect, quotations andbstorys from the auto biography of Karl Marx.
Has all the steps and processes of how to convert a government to communism/ Marxism
Published 4 months ago by Cristian Murillo
1.0 out of 5 stars So thin.
Well. I don't know if it was me or not. I bought this book because I am interested in something like 'The Wealth of Nations'. Read more
Published 6 months ago by HUI Long
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth the money! MUST READ
I had heard so much about this book and I am so glad that I finally got it. Everyone needs to read this book. It is amazing to see how much we are heading in this direction. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Norma
4.0 out of 5 stars Awful authors write tragic essay
My wife and I decided to read the Communist Manifesto to better understand the underpinnngs of the Communist philosophy (which keeps getting rebranded and won't die). Read more
Published on May 20, 2011 by Happy Camper
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for the price
Upon receiving the book I was ultimately disappointed, mostly because I assumed the book would be a bit smaller, and therefor thicker. Read more
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