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The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings

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The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classicsseries, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics ...more
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Published October 1st 2005 by Barnes & Noble Classics
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Vince Ciaramella
Nov 05, 2015 Vince Ciaramella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, the evil book that created the monster called the Soviet Union, North Korea, Cuba, China...etc.

This is one of those books that I have always wanted to read because it always gets a bad name and I wanted to see if it lived up to the 20th aversion to the word "communism"

Let me say that I think most people that hate communism have never really read the book. They just parrot back what others say as not to look like they are going against the norm. Even right now writing this I feel like a twing
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Jon
Dec 31, 2014 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the first portion of the Manifesto I had head bourgeois more than I had heard previously in my entire life. The subsequent sections were more interesting, and brought up some interesting points rather than just using big words to distract from shallow logic. It is interesting to consider how capital is partially an invention given meaning only through the availability of manual labor, but to say that it is solely a reflection of labor is a fallacy. There is a large portion of capital that ...more
Alex
Jul 24, 2015 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah.... So it was .... interesting. Without a doubt this is a monumental work (duh!). I found some parts to be great and very easy to transpose to our time, but others are too tied to the current events in Germany in 1800s to get a quick understanding. Worth it, but not an easy read over a cup of coffee
Gary
Jan 02, 2011 Gary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-studies
Scariest book I've read since Goosebumps: Monster Blood II
Matthew Ciaramella
Down with capitalism!
Jason
Sep 15, 2014 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Jason by: Nobody
(For the sake of full disclosure, I read only the Manifesto and none of the other writings. And I probably won't read any of them, at least not for a long time).

Reader's log: 9-14-14, 6:50 PM.

I don't know where to start. I can't even assign a rating. I want to give it one star because "I didn't like it" due to the ideas in it being so repulsive, yet I feel it should also have 5 stars because it stirred up such emotions in me. That alone makes it "amazing." Logic says I should split the differenc
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Mathias
Nov 04, 2007 Mathias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rebels and Rubels
Manifest der Kommunistischen Partei

The Communist Manifesto, although it sounds like a giant text, is actually a short reading divided up into four parts. In the first part of the book, Bourgeois and Proletarians, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels discuss the relationship between the owner class, the Bourgeois, and the working class, the Proletarians. They also go beyond into the history of class struggle. They talk about how every time in history there has been a struggle, from the middle ages with
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Stfrancis Resputin
the manifesto was nothing more then a pamphlet given to workers to have them comprehend communism and what they should do about there situation saying that too many people step to this material with a preconceived opinion about communism ( they either hate or love it ) and with those extreme degrees the book often gets praised like its a bible or despised like its nothing more then propaganda.......its a good read with great points everyone should read this with open mind it definitely helps
Iris
Although this book contains other writings, I only read only the Communist Manifesto. It is surprisingly short and easy to read.

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote their manifesto to present the beliefs of the Communist party. These are contained in the second section: private property, families, and nations should all be done away with. These are institutions of the bourgeoisie and, thus, subjugate the working proletarians. The bourgeois are best removed by revolution. Although socialists work
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Miles McCoy
I only read "The Communist Manifesto" and a couple of chapters of "The 18th Brumaire"... You definitely don't read this for the excitement. I was originally inspired to read this book because I had to read the first chapter of the Manifesto for a summer class. Not only was I completely enthralled with Marx's language, but I was completely taken aback from the fact that he was right! Capitalism sucks, and Communism sounds fantastic on-paper...

Too bad for communism to work, everybody has to be poo
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Mike
This short political treatise was very surprisingly disappointing. I have studies the History of Communist Russia quite often and I have a solid background in the ideas and practices of Communism. I understand that the Communism of Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin was not completely true to what Marx and Engels envisioned. I was hoping that by reading the Manifesto, I would be able to see what true Communism was supposed to be. It turns out that the ideas are mainly theory and simply arguments against ...more
Michael Williamson
This is a tough book to read because of the sociological concepts and theories.

I should probably reread this if I ever plan to actually have a discussion on this literature.

I believe this is a must-read, especially for those who are serious about political theory and philosophy.

Irsyad Iskandar
May 09, 2015 Irsyad Iskandar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent overview of Communist theory, and a concise summary of Karl Marx's sprawling epic "Das Kapital."
Sidney Betancourt
Great book! Read it in my political theory class and it was quite an interesting read.
Ava
May 08, 2015 Ava rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Chris Ross
I listened to the audio book which is only 2 CD's and I saw it on the shelf of the library so I thought I would give it a listen. It talks about the Bourgeoisie and Proletariat clash and the exploitation of labor by capital. It says the only way to end this struggle is by violent revolt/rebellion. The funny thing is that if a Communist or Utopian society were to be possible labor would still be necessary to grow crops, produce power, build infrastructure, etc. and then who would be exploiting th ...more
Maria
Oct 08, 2015 Maria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really? People actually think like this?
Victoria
Oct 24, 2015 Victoria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No, thank you.
Valeska
Apr 15, 2015 Valeska rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Magnificent
Chris
Enough ink has probably been spilled on the central text of this volume to preclude whatever brief comments I might offer. I will confine myself to mentioning that this is a good edition of the text, combining as it does the 'Communist Manifesto' with 'The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte' and the 'Theses on Feuerbach', making an excellent thematic collection of central texts by Marx on politics surrounding the period of 1848. The introduction and suggestions for further reading are good t ...more
Wilson
May 28, 2013 Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here, Marx makes the case for Marxism, which really ought to be distinguished from the sort of Communism that was applied in places such as North Korea, Cuba, China, or the USSR. Note in the first few pages of the Manifesto that Marx states the transition must be natural; it cannot be forced.

The ideas presented here are revolutionary, but not unique. Readers can probably find similar notions expressed in Utopia by Thomas More and Social Contract by Rousseau.
Kyler
May 28, 2013 Kyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overly sentimental, idealistic, reductionist, and simplistic as well as sometimes contradictory and hypocritical. Comes off as immature. However, fundamentally interesting and revolutionary notions. Better to read Marx's later writings.
Alyson Bowers
Aug 10, 2009 Alyson Bowers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Allen
Oct 23, 2010 Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only read the communist manifesto. The others looked pretty boring. I'd give this a 4 since Marx gets a bit redundant in his writing.
Mason
Jul 26, 2012 Mason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Needs to be read multiple times to fully appreciate everything it has to offer.
Manuel Menezes de Sequeira
The Communist manifesto by Karl Marx (1998)
Amanda
Mar 10, 2013 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well... that was fun.
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In 1818, Karl Marx, descended from a long line of rabbis, was born in Prussian Rhineland. Marx's' father converted to Protestantism shortly before Karl's birth. Educated at the Universities of Bonn, Jena, and Berlin, Marx founded the Socialist newspaper Vorwarts in 1844 in Paris. After being expelled from France at the urging of the Prussian government, which "banished" Marx in
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