- Paperback: 92 pages
- Publisher: Tribeca Books (December 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936594471
- ISBN-13: 978-1936594474
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Communist Manifesto: Complete With Seven Rarely Published Prefaces
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The Communist Manifesto is a well known piece of literature. I was curious as to what precisely it contained.
The ideas have been in circulation for a considerable period of time now. Whether or not you've read this tome yourself, you will find yourself familiar with most of the contents. It is similar in that way to the christian bible.
The analysis of private property and class struggle provided are a counterpoint to the conventional dominant ideas in circulation today.
The theory of the book, though 'dated', is still useful to read when pursuing research into memes, culture, and the psychological motives behind social events and trends.
Some contradictions present themself, noticeable precisely because of the cultural developments which have occurred since original publication. Some ideas show themself to be time proven for the same reason.
In that sense, the book is worth reading, as a think spot and thought provoker, and as an illumination of what 'revolutionary thought' is and is not.
This book is "red meat" for those who are already acquainted with communist thought. When I first read the book, I got the sense that I was missing something. It seemed to presuppose a certain understanding-one which I did not have at the time I first read this book. I gained a better understanding when I read "Karl Marx Selected Writings" edited by Lawrence Simon. That book also contains the Communist Manifesto. So, if your goal is to get an understanding of communism from the ground up-better start there and not here.
The writing in this book (and in all of Marx's writing) is a little tough to follow. Marx tends to write run-on sentences and use a lot of qualifying phrases. This makes his work less readable. That is why I knocked off a star.
I gave this book 4 stars because I don't want to be one of these morons who give books they disagree with politically 1 star and then rant about their disagreements. I gave this book 4 stars on it's readability and how well it illustrates the points it is supposed to make. I was completely horrified by what I read-but-that doesn't mean I take away stars on those other accounts.