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  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Political Collection (July 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629100048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629100043
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"L.M. Findlay's excellent translation of The Communist Manifesto, embedded in a splendid introduction and a most carefully chosen appendix of Marx and Engels pieces, superbly places this nineteenth-century classic in an extraordinary historical context. There is no other edition at the moment that can match its quality in terms of translation, and its substance in terms of historical context." (Renate Holub, Director, Interdisciplinary Studies)

"Findlay engages the reader by depicting how personal and historical events shaped the thinking of Marx and Engels. At the same time, he clarifies why Marx and Engels pursue the manifesto format, explains its historical significance as a political genre, and highlights the importance of Marxist concerns in the post-industrial, post-Cold War era. Combined with the excellent array of appendices, Findlay's translation should enrich readers' understanding of the Manifesto's historical context and help solidify their understanding of the fundamentals of Marxism." (Bryon Moraski)

"Findlay's new edition of The Communist Manifesto is very scholarly, and the additional documents are a real bonus, providing an interesting context for the work. All in all, this is an excellent edition." (Walter Adamson)

"A great teaching text." (James Tully) --Online

About the Author

Karl Heinrich Marx, (5 May 1818 14 March 1883) was a Prussian-German philosopher and revolutionary socialist. His ideas played a significant role in the establishment of the social sciences and the development of the socialist movement. Marx's work in economics laid the basis for our understanding of labor and its relation to capital, and has influenced much of subsequent economic thought. He published numerous books during his lifetime, the most notable being The Communist Manifesto (1848) and Capital (1867 1894).

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So much came from this small book that it ought to be more widely read.
John D
I can't believe after all the evidence of Communism/Socialism's failures, people still ardently believe any of the ideas to be true.
Michael A. Smith
Then I want to go back and read works like "Ten Days That Changed The World" just to see where they went wrong.
TBarry

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Karl Janssen on August 30, 2011
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Though originally written in 1848, The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels ended up exerting its greatest influence in the following century. No other book had a more profound effect on 20th-century history in terms of lives affected, governments overthrown, nations transformed, people killed or displaced, and the expenditure of time, money, and energy either for or against it. Given the fact that America was so preoccupied with the threat of Communism for decades, it's surprising how few Americans ever took the time to read the actual battle cry of their nemesis. Due to its historical importance, Communism is a political philosophy that must either be accepted or refuted, but cannot be ignored. Nevertheless, my intention here is not to critique Communism as a philosophy but rather to critique the Manifesto as a book.

A common misconception is that this book is the founding document of Communism, but in reality Communism was well-known as an active political school in Europe at the time the Manifesto was published. The purpose of the Manifesto was to ignite and unite the faithful, recruit the curious, and frighten the bourgeoisie. The authors assumed a prior knowledge of Communism on the part of the reader, and as such the text spends more time clarifying the doctrine of Communism than it does declaring it outright. Because it's a manifesto rather than a full-fledged philosophical treatise, its full of bold, undefended statements. Here you won't find well-reasoned arguments extolling the virtues of Communism, nor detailed explanations as to how exactly the world would be run following the triumph of the Revolution. For that you'll have to look elsewhere in Marx's oeuvre.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Santee-sailor on October 18, 2012
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Had heard about this for years when still in school but never read it. Finally got around to it. Not what I expected. Has some interesting ideas and I promise, it won't turn you into an instant communist. If you want a primer on how other forms of government think this is a good place to start.
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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2009
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A concept born in a simpler time used as an excuse for many things from Socialism to controlled capitalism. As with any pivotal work, one should read it for his/her self. There is always the chance of misinterpretation by an individual, but if you do not read this then you are just accepting someone's word anyway.

This is more than an economics book it is a way of life. It sounds good on paper but makes many assumptions. Instead of worrying about workability, look at the logic that is built on assumptions of that time (written, in 1848). Add this to your library.

You can pick a side (pro or con) and make a stand if you like; but look at the size of this book and realize that many people will just use the title and build their own case. You will have read the real thing.

Be sure to balance it with "The Capitalist Manifesto" by Louis O. Kelso

The Capitalist Manifesto by Louis O. Kelso and Mortimer J. Adler
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ari on February 25, 2013
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There is a lot more here than what was put into practice by the Soviet Block. I'd rather not accept the general rejection of Communist thought without being informed personally. It should be read by anyone interested in political thought and influences. This thinking is pretty much rejected and without expression in the United States, but it is alive and well in most of the rest of the world, most especially in many European countries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LU XIA on October 15, 2013
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Although it was written over one and a half century ago, it is still a provocative pieace of work that can inspire people's thoughts. What is more, the analysis as well as the social facts on which those analysis was based are still reminicent to the present situation all over the world, especially in some developing countries. As one of the only left countries ruled by the Communist party, China has unfortunately barely achieved the goals depited in the Manifesto. And it is just because of the lack of achievement that stimulates us to think more, and by reading the Manisfesto we could be equipped with better critical weapons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steve weber on July 2, 2014
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This should be recommended reading for all developing young people as well as older folks who have not educated themselves and only relied on Political Hype to develop their viewpoints. It would seem that Marx neither condoned nor denied that Communism was the absolute solution to mankind's political and social woes but rather that it was his observation that Communism was just a natural outcome in the cycle of socio-political differences. Read this and compare what was written over 150 years ago to todays political climate and see if there is a correlation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anyong on January 13, 2014
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If you really want to get know Marx and what he was talking about Das Kaptial is the book to read, but this is a fitting introduction to his ideas and the subtleties which distinguish Marxism from Communism.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TBarry on November 1, 2012
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If you want to truly understand government you absolutely must include this book in your studies. Now that I have read it, I want to read it again and again. Then I want to go back and read works like "Ten Days That Changed The World" just to see where they went wrong. It is my belief that if one completely understands the principals stated in this book and dynamically applies them to their own government, it is possible to form a society that functions fairly and responsibly to all of its people. I further believe that seeing a day when this will be done is as likely as seeing hell itself freeze over. Overreaching by one class or another ultimately spells a disaster that is also described in the pages of this book. I think that communism ultimately destroys the incentive to succeed and capitalism ultimately leads to such a desparate condition to the working class that they have no choice but to revolt. I agree with those who refer to capitalism and communism as twin evils.

One thing is for sure, this book provides enough fuel for thought that it is easy to see never-ending debates arising from its pages. It seems to me that a new edition that includes an update for the 21st century is in order. Computers and globalization of the economy give rise to new circumstances that are evolutions of the principles of Marxist philosophy. As an example: With the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs from America to other countries to exploit cheap labor sources and fewer environmental restrictions, is there a moral obligation that is being overlooked by America's bourgeois? That being the compensation of the American proletariat for the jobs they lost. It was only through their hard work that the bourgeois success was sufficient to provide the capital necessary to move the jobs to other countries.
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