Karl Marx has ratings and 69 reviews. William2 said: Excellent biography. Herr Marx was a nasty motherfucker. If you did not agree with him, he vilif. In this magisterial biography of Karl Marx, “likely to be definitive for many years to come” (John Gray, New York Review of Books), historian Jonathan Sperber. This is not a book about how Karl Marx changed the world. It is not about the revolutions and crimes committed in his name in the 20th century.

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But the author takes nearly every chance at interpreting these facts as a means to discredit Marx or the perception of Marx’s ideas today.

It is a compelling and convincing account. He just did not have the same kind of concern over authenticity as radicals of the next centuries. Liveright; 1 edition March 10, Language: Karl Marx, the armchai In a new biography of Karl Marx, the historian Jonathan Sperber set out to explain his subject in the context of nineteenth-century circumstances and attitudes.

This approach fits with the notion that these theories are now mere historical curiosities, and that the main point of reading about Marx is the entertainment value of Victorian polemics certainly not to be underestimated.

Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life, by Jonathan Sperber, review

The last innovation of the book is its focus on Marx’s journalistic writing, the least studied, and most voluminous, of his life. Active political engagement meanwhile moved to the background. As it was, karx of their seven children died. Neither a prophet nor a purveyor of a political system gone awry, Marx emerges in these pages as a man struggling, personally and intellectually, with the profound issues of his own time.


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They zperber so hopeful for the revolution, but so convinced that only a significant economic disruption could prompt it to occur, that they constantly hoped for dire economic news.

Therefore I might not be the best of judges. If you’re into history and like to go deep into a subject then this is your book. Communism enables the poor to take the initiative and take care of themselves.

Sperber makes me wish I could be a young man again and attend his classes at the University of Missouri. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? About the author Jonathan Sperber is a history professor at the University of Missouri. Dec 12, Greg Brozeit rated it really liked it Shelves: We follow him on his wanderings, settling in one seedy apartment after another.

Sperbet the point is ultimately over-stressed. Jul 19, Jeremy rated it it was amazing.

His work “The Communist Manifesto” simply stated what a broad movement of people in Britain and Europe had been advocating for a very long time. See and discover other items: But karx Marx that emerges from Sperber’s account is a little more confused, dealing with some philosophical and economic contradictions and problems that are not easily explained away–and is thereby rendered both more complex and more interesting.

At every stage of this book there is a new insight into what is usually familiar Marx territory — the soerber relationship with his beloved father Heinrich; the family’s tradition of Judaism; the relative poverty of Jenny’s family.

The man was no scholar.

The reader in many instances becomes more enlightened than Lenin ever could have been, not to mention Kropotkin o Excellent biography. And indeed, as we’ve seen with movement histories in the 20th century, and histories through social media in the first decade of this century, how even with best efforts to the contrary, the personal inflects the political.


Marx was an orthodox political economist, who rejected most socialist criticisms of Ricardo.

Reimann rated it did not like it. In its fourth edition, it has been one of the most read works on Marx in English. Benjamin was plagued not only with anti-Semitism but even more with interests spreber a style that could not find sponsorship in the German universities of his time. Books by Jonathan Sperber.

Author Sperber has his hands full simply taking Marx’s fragmented and jumbled oeuvre and making some sense of it. Back to 9 August Typically, the reason he had grown so hostile to them was that they continued to advocate beliefs he had once held himself.

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The book is best when it is debunking the larger-than-life mythology that surrounds his life and distorts his political ideology.

But I learned a number of things and found it worthwhile. Marx never seems to have put his considerations of this new version of economics kqrl paper, but by the time all three volumes of Capital had appeared, it had increasingly become the dominant form of economic analysis.

She portrays the content and the approach of the book very precisely; her favorable comments about it are naturally welcome to me, but even her critical remarks are certainly justified.