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For nearly century it was one of the most widely read - some would argue misread - texts in the world. Manifested in vivid prose, the Manifesto continues to irk the capitalist world, lingering as an eerie specter even after...
For nearly century it was one of the most widely read - some would argue misread - texts in the world. Manifested in vivid prose, the Manifesto continues to irk the capitalist world, lingering as an eerie specter even after the collapse of those governments, which claimed to be enacting its principles.
Certainly, the aim here is not create converts. Instead it is to help readers probe the writing with its distinct point of view, so that we might understand the political and historical significance of the text while still maintaining a stance that allows us to think critically about the subject and form our own opinions.
Written in Engels' stirring prose, and declaring Marx's earth-shaking ideas, The Communist Manisfesto has changed the scope of world politics, and indeed the course of human civilization. This Bantam Classic edition contains all previously-published prefaces and notes of the authors, and features an introduction by Vladimir Pozner.
Posted December 9, 2011
This book is an important one that has influenced years of World history. We've seen the fall of Russian Tsarism, the expansion of socialist government, and the increasing backlash against corporatism - much of which are based on the ideas in this book.
An important investigation is wether or not the continual "socialist experiments" throughout the world are in line with the ideals suggested in this book. One cannot talk intelligibly about socialism or communism without knowing its roots.
An anonymous poster before me has suggested that we shouldn't be influenced by communism. Is that really a relevant consideration as to wether or not you should buy this book? The people most fervent to defend capitalism should read this book as much as those who support communism. Learning what communist ideals are BASED ON is a pre-requsitie to refutation and discussion.
I'm sorry that people are using this comment forum as a pedestal for wether or not communism is 'right'. Those considerations are irrelevant; This book is of historical relevance and importance for all who want to sound like a well-informed citizen of a capitalist country.
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Posted January 21, 2010
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