Buy Karl Marx New Ed by Francis Wheen (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Karl Marx has ratings and 85 reviews. Ahmad said: Karl Marx, Francis Wheenتاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفتم مارس سال میلادیعنوان: کارل مارکس؛ نویسنده. 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.

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This book really gives a fair portrail of Karl Marx, his family marrx friends. Jul 25, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: I think Wheen, like myself, had already made his mind up about Marx before he approached this book.

In the past few years there have been excellent and successful biographies of many eminent Victorians and yet the most influential of them has remained untouched. Wheen, however, feels the time is ripe for delivering this thought to the world, and perhaps, in a deeply dispiriting way, he is right. He connects this directly with the legacy of Platonism and Christianity, where self is evil and virtue becomes self-sacrifice.

Trivia About Karl Marx. Wheen achieves this by taking a chatty, fast-paced approach to the biography. Marx’s life, as this book shows, contained elements of both tragedy and farce. The book bursts with funny asides, anecdotes, and sharp observations about Marx and his associates.

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Or you can just climb the mountain of Capital itself, something I need to do. A great insight into a man who should have been given way more attention than people give credit for. No trivia or quizzes yet. For the first two-thirds of the book, Marx comes across as a bit of a loser, a schlemiel: Two things worth knowing at the onset.

Irony is one of those words that I feel we might do well to put in storage for a while until we have recovered an understanding of what it actually means. Wheen wants to retrieve Marx the man and exonerate him from fracnis for what has been done in his name.


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I think what readers will really enjoy with this one is the authors ability to keep it all in perspective. Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. I felt that the author may have been too sympathetic to Marx. Wheen recognises, as Kapp did before him, that while the Marxes failed to live on relatively handsome sums either inherited from time to time, or donated by the angelic Engels, Marx himself was trapped by bourgeois standards into the social requirements of a family man with three daughters to marry off.

It’s a balanced, compact and very readable account of one of most influential thinkers of his era. It is sympathetic to its subject, which is nice. Aug 24, Josh Jewell rated it really liked it. It is pleasing to know that Marx, who understood the workings of capital more than any other, was as wasteful with lucre as I.

He more or less directly signposts his influences when discussing Henry Hyndman, the Eton and Trinity-educated socialist who made Marx’s last years more of a trial than they already were. That Lenin spoke at Laura Marx’s funeral in claiming that her father’s ideal would soon become reality is also a fun little tidbit.

Clearly, he has done his research, but much of what he quotes and comments on in the work is standard stuff that will max familiar even to those with only an elementary knowledge of Marxism. For one, it is only pages. But I think it plays into my other criticism.

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This book was a pleasure to read and I would find myself wanting to read it all the time. He was married to the writer Joan Smith between and I almost bought it but put it down because I realized that a life of Marx is one of those things that is hard to be objective about. In late Wheen was co-author, with journalist David Aaronovitch and blogger Oliver Kamm, of a complaint to The Francls after it published a correction and apology for an interview with Noam Chomsky by Emma Brockes.


Well worth a read for anyone who wants to understand what drove Marx in his political direction and what toll it had on his life. Well, this is his way. This is about Marx, the human. It’s a fascinating subject and I didn’t know Marx’s life was that interesting.

Wheen on the other hand franxis not in the sanctifying business. Overall I think this is one of the most accessible biographies of Marx out there, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good a good introduction to his life and works. Even when he reached for another late-night whisky, his perception remained unerringly sober. He was a dynamite speaker, especially when there was a brouhaha amongst his fellow rabble-rousers, as there usually was.

It manages to go into great detail, without becoming tedious, and explains madx economic and philosophical theories very well indeed.

Nov 21, Safdar Sikandar rated it really liked it. See our Returns Policy. But this book did!

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Learn more about Amazon Prime. Showing of 50 reviews. Personally, I think Comrade Wheen has done a fine job, and if it takes the shade of PGW to help him on his way then so be it. Amazon Review Karl Marx, whose influence franis modern times has been frandis to that of Jesus Christ, spent most of his lifetime in obscurity. Overall, though, if you only know those broad strokes then the Wheen biography is a good entry point for learning about the life of Marx.

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