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Karl Marx: A Life [Francis Wheen] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A brilliant book, by a superb author, about a necessary man. Francis Wheen’s biography of Marx, from which this is extracted, even the most devoted follower of Karl Marx will recognise the merit of Francis’s study. Karl Marx has ratings and 85 reviews. Ahmad said: Karl Marx, Francis Wheenتاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفتم مارس سال میلادیعنوان: کارل مارکس؛ نویسنده.

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He could round up the troops, get anything he wanted passed when he was running, say, the International Working Men’s Association.

I brought Marx alive to me, and I would recommend it to anyone, who has interest in philosophy, socialism and the history of the 19th century. As the author points out, there are a lot of books giving detailed critiques of Marxist theory and no need for yet another.

What is the secular basis of Judaism? Refresh and try again. For the first two-thirds of the book, Marx comes across as a bit of a loser, a schlemiel: Wheen goes against the grain by showing how Marx correctly predicted the major events of the 20th Century.

It’s hard to shake off the suspicion that Hitchens, who described Marx as “friend and mentor” in his memoir, supplies some of the vividness with which Wheen portrays Old Major. Engels had to lacerate one of his more pernicious boils, sited on his The end of the century is a good moment to strip away the mythology and try to redisco A major biography of the man who, more than any other, made the twentieth century. But this book did!

A column for The Guardian ran for several years. The style is humorist and serious at the same time, with a keen eye on the various misdeeds various politically-enclined historians twisted or wrongly presented Marx history and work, which is always nice to see. However I didn’t get a sense wyeen Marx’s intellectual development or of his thinking from this book.


But I think it plays into my other criticism.

Nov 01, Gabriel Fugazi rated it it was amazing. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Apr 07, Dick rated it really liked it.

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Trata-se kar, um ocaso que parece durar um dia inteiro Thus started francks roving life until, after the unsuccessful European revolutions of frxncis, and having been made unwelcome in Germany and Belgium, he pitched up in London, the last refuge of the rootless revolutionary where he lived in Dickensian poverty with bailiffs at his door Helpfully, his friend Engels, a great cotton Lord and kind of secret agent behind enemy lines, sent him money to keep him afloat for years.

By contrast Wheen takes the view that Marx in Das Capital is the equivalent of Dickens as a great painter of the landscape of Victorian Britain. You will learn a lot about Marx’s personal squabbles, his money troubles, his ailments, whether or not he knocked up his maid, and whether or not he wanted to dedicate a book to Charles Darwin.

Marx the Movie is surely just around the corner, and not long after we can — oh please can we? Francis Wheen has obviously read quite a lot of Marx’s writings himself and his selective quotes are often both illuminating and amusing, particularly from letters.

Why was the thought of this man, who lived his debt-ridden life sponging off his capitalist friend Engels, and who took years to write an unreadable book, so powerful as to change the face of the Twentieth Century? Marxist thought and the Modernist tradition converge for Berman, as both try to grasp and confront the modern experience: Ultimately, mankind must be freed from the tyranny of all religions, Christianity included.

What is the secular cult of the Jew? I knew before I picked it up that this was about Marx the person, rather than about his intellectual output.

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Maybe you already know about Karl Marx, the intellect. That said, oli see veidikene kuiv ja igav lugemine minu jaoks. Highly recommended to everyone though. Quite interestingly, Francis Wheen does however make the case that people should take Marx’s theory seriously and he was writing this book in the “end-of-history” late 90s. Views Read Edit View history. Nov 21, Manuel Cartes rated it it was amazing. Not in the sense that this is a forbiddingly over-intellectualised book, but because he kept alluding to entertaining or alluring titbits that sent me on significant digressions on wiki and elsewhere.


Open Preview See mrx Problem? Maybe you want to know about Karl Marx, the mrx with carbuncles. January non-fiction nomination idea. Francis Wheen’s book performs the same service, with a whole range of new discoveries and comparisons, for a new generation, indeed, for the new century. More reviews at www. Neither of these diminish the book far from it but one does feel that a little editorial discipline and consistency would have made it a better read. Michael Foot London WC1.

Marx here comes by as a sectarian asshole alienating almost all his comrades all the time, as being mostly dirt poor, but also as being unable on giving up on bourgeois conveniences private secretary, maid etc that fitted a man of his caste and therefore leading his family to unnecessarily suffer from lack of foodas a loving housefather that becomes a real softy at old age, as one that jokes together with Engels about nigger jews, of him supposedly impregnating the maid, as a serious binge-drinker, and how he rises and falls in infamy several times in his life.

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Marx a figure where a cold intellect, ‘singleness of purpose’, and lyric meet can only be scaled by a biographer with equal vigour and lyric.