A classic of early modernism, Capital combines vivid historical detail with economic analysis to produce a bitter denunciation of mid-Victorian capitalist society. It has proved to be the most influential work in twentieth-century social science; Marx did for social science what Darwin had done for biology.
This is the only abridged edition to take into account the whole of Capital. It offers virtually all of Volume 1, which Marx himself published in 1867; excerpts from a new translation of "The Result of the Immediate Process Production"; and a selection of key chapters from Volume 3, which Engels published in 1895.
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Karl Marx's technical masterpiece painstakingly, and often dramatically, roots out the causes of social and economic inequality. Unlike "The Communist Manifesto", which he wrote with Friedrich Engels, this classic text is not a call to revolution but rather a comprehensive and systematic analysis and "critique of political economy," according to its original subtitle. Marx spent 15 years working on just the first volume of his complex masterwork. In it he details the "surplus value" that workers create for those who own the "means of production," and how exploitative capitalists sell their goods not to purchase other goods, but to increase their own wealth. "Money making money," or the capital accumulation process, lies at the heart of Marx's critique of capitalism. getAbstract recommends his seminal work to those who wish to understand the origins of arguably the most disruptive work of political and economic philosophy of the 20th century.
OK, I admit to enjoying economics, but Karl Marx is a terrible read. Granted, this is the only version of his classic that I have read, but it is so bad I would not even begin to read another. He says something in the first paragraph of a chapter and then spends the rest of the chapter restating the same thing 100 times. It is too much. The book should be 50 pages instead of 500.