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Marx and the Marxists: The Ambiguous Legacy

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Paperback, 254 pages
Published December 31st 1982 by Krieger Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1955)
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Marti Martinson
Jul 01, 2013 Marti Martinson rated it really liked it
This book could only have been published after the regency of the Drunk Duchess McCarthy; especially after Mr. Welch finally stood up to McCarthy and the HUAC and said, "Finally, Sir, have you NO decency?" Published in 1955, it is, as said by another reviewer, a very good first intro to the subject. The author was youthful Communist; he later became a pragmatic social-democrat. He deservedly heaps disdain on Lenin and Stalin, and sheds light on Socialists and Social Democrats I had never heard o ...more
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Mar 24, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
For a person interested in a "quick and dirty" introduction to a wide range of Marxist theorists, this book is a nice, accessible entry into that world.

Part I lays out, in Sidney Hook's words, key aspects of Marxist theory. The first segment focuses on Marx' contributions; the second part evaluates those contributions; part three considers what are called "Orthodix Marxists" (such as Kautsky and Plekhanov); the fourth part examines "revisionists" such as Bernstein; part five explores Lenin's wor
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Jun 28, 2008 Graham rated it liked it
an alright overview of different forms of Marxism with an over emphasis on Soviet style communism.
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Sidney Hook was an American pragmatic philosopher known for his contributions to public debates. A student of John Dewey, Hook continued to examine the philosophy of history, of education, politics, and of ethics. He was known for his criticisms of totalitarianism (fascism and Marxism–Leninism). A pragmatic social democrat, Hook sometimes cooperated with conservatives, particularly in opposing com ...more
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