The Marx-Engels Reader (Second Edition) 2nd Revised & enlarged Edition

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Friedrich Engels was born in 1820, in the German city of Barmen. He died in London in 1895 while editing the fourth volume of Capital.

Karl Marx studied law and philosophy at the universities of Bonn and Berlin, completing his doctorate in 1841. Expelled from Prussia in 1844, he took up residence first in Paris and then in London where, in 1867, he published his magnum opus Capital. A co-founder of the International Workingmen’s Association in 1864, Marx died in London in 1883.

Robert C. Tucker is professor of politics emeritus at Princeton University and past president of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.
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  • Paperback: 788 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2nd Revised & enlarged edition (March 17, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039309040X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393090406
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful By J.W.K on April 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
Marx and Engels wrote so much that getting a handle on their ideas can be difficult. Of course, "The Communist Manifesto" is unbeatable as an introductory text. Indeed, it was their classic work. Not to worry, it's in the reader. So start with that, and if you feel the need to delve deeper into the philosophical underpinnings of Marxism (as Marx and Engels actually formulated it), you will have everything you need in this one book. Compact, representative, and with a good translation - it is the perfect book for those of us who would chose to understand these thinkers, without spending a lifetime in the library.
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Denis Benchimol Minev on March 10, 2003
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Marx and Engels wrote an absolutely tremendous amount of the most diverse topics of society possible. This reader does a good job of putting together some representative readings, starting from their most famous "The Communist Manifesto", going into his analysis of revolutions and conditions in many different countries, including France, India, Russia, etc., finally reaching into topics such as family and morality (mainly addressed by Engels).
Though not a Marxist myself, I found this compilation a very comprehensive view of their thinking. It should be sufficient to anyone not seeking to write a dissertation on their thinking.
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90 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Yuli Martov on October 22, 2000
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If you're a person that is presently trying to decide where you should start out in your study of Marxism, this book is probably where you "should" start. The Marx-Engels reader has every conceivable work that should be read by any prospective Communist, or anti-Communist. It's all here, the Communist Manifesto, Capital Volume 1, the 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte, the origin of family, private property and the state, and so on, and so on.
The format of the book has the writings of Marx-Engels in such a way, that a person can see the development of their ideas with, at the very least, some degree of efficiency. From the greed of the borgeoisie and the petty-borgeoisie, to the struggle of proletariat and the lumpen-proletariat. For a proletarian such as myself, this is the next best thing to purchasing Marx's collected works(it took me forever just to afford the extraordinary cost of Lenin's collected works). Currently, the ebb in revolutionary Marxism seems to indicate Marx was completely false in his description of Capitalism as a decadent system, but the fact is, Marxism is still a political force(whether "Cold Warriors" want to admit it or not), with prominent intellectuals such as Stephen Jay Gould and Cornel West being a few indivuals who are proponents of the ideaology.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 6, 1999
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When I was a Political Science major in College, my professor, who knows more about Marxism then Marx himself, said one thing, get this book if you ever see it, regardless of the price. It has gone in and out of print and is a hard one to track down. It covers all of Marx's life and his phases, from the early days of exploring his as-yet undeveloped ideas, to his later exhaustive commentary on the new emerging Capitalist Economy. It doesn't try to tell you what Marx supposedly meant with meaningless, biased commentary; this work is simply a colection of his most important works, no more no less. It also includes much of the work that Engles added after Marx's death. And of course, it contains his Magus Opus, the Communist Manifesto. If you are a Political Science major, a philosphy lover, or just someone wanting an unadulterated sampling of what Marx really thought, then get this book.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on February 24, 2004
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Given the impact of Marxism on the unfolding history of the later nineteenth and twentieth century, the beginning student of the combined writings of both Marx and Engels will find this collection of the essential works of these two pioneering socialists absolutely essential reading. Its list of included works covers the waterfront of all that is required to gain a fruitful first look at the wealth of their philosophical musings, and the nature of their revolutionary canon, as well. Reading this material is essential if one is to understand the depth of Marx's understanding and the detail of his genius, however discredited he may be in current estimations. Indeed, with the rise of international corporatism is so close to his prognostications regarding the final phases of capitalism that it is hard to deny his continuing relevance.
Included here is everything from the Communist Manifesto all the way to Volume One of Das Capital. One can gain a better appreciation for his ideas regarding the way in which the antagonism between the oppressed and the oppressors provides the motive force for history, and how all history is the history of such class struggles between the owners of the means of production, on the one hand, and the workers, who have nothing to barter with but their considerable capacity to accomplish labor. If one want to gain a better appreciation for the nuances regarding how alienation is created buy the organization of work, or the origin of property, or even the ways in which all of the aspects of a particualr society's culture are manifestations of the values of the ruling class, then a careful reading of the material found here will serve you well. I highly recommend this book. Enjoy!
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