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The Communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings - Marx, Marat, Paine, Mao, Gandhi and Others

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This concise anthology presents a broad selection of writings by the world's leading revolutionary figures. Spanning three centuries, the works include such milestone documents as the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Declaration of the Rights of Man (1789), and the Communist Manifesto (1848). It also features writings by the Russian revolutionaries Lenin and Trotsky ...more
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Published (first published January 15th 2003)
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I had always wanted to read the Communist Manifesto This one surrounds Marx's writing with others that show a clear development towards a new kind of freedom and government and When placed in the context of other great writers of new thinking, all of these works have greater meaning and This book is great for anyone interested in the development of new ideas and When all of these writings are taken as a whole you can really appreciate what each revolutionary was trying to convey in the fact A gr ...more
David Nichols
Used with care, this anthology of radical essays and manifestos would serve as an excellent primary-source reader for a world history or Great Ideas course. The editor begins, appropriately, with a long section on the French Revolution and its precursors, the highlights of which include a substantial excerpt from Rousseau's Discourse on the Origins of Inequality (spoiler alert: private property is to blame), Sieyes' “What Is the Third Estate?”, the Declaration of the Rights of Man, and Marechal ...more
Christian Rojas
This book contains writings by philosophers Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Mohandas Gandhi, Jacques Rousseau, and others. The book is sort of long (only 300 pages, but they are long), but so far I've read Marx and Rousseau. Rousseau states how mankind has established social divisions throughout history, and how they are unfair. He tells a story of how different people put themselves in higher positions just because they were more fit or just more fortunate. Marx describes how the great powers of E ...more
Fairly useful as a textbook -- contains a lot of different revolutionary documents, although they should include more documents from the American Revolution. Perhaps they succumb to the European view (that has become regnant among many American academics as well) that the American Revolution wasn't a 'real' revolution. Rousseau's Second Discourse is included, but so much is cut from it that it becomes less useful for a philosophy class, where there is greater interest in the theory of human natu ...more
I really enjoyed the essays that Blaisdell included in this anthology. It was interesting to see the progression of revolutionary thought from Rousseau to Marx to Che Guevara, especially when the authors quoted other authors included in the anthology. I especially like that Blaisdell didn't shrink from including authors that Americans consider or are taught to consider reprehensible human beings. Seeing writing from Lenin, Mao Zedong, and others makes it clear that we only get one side of the st ...more
Excellent collections of writings that trully have changed the world over the last few centuries. The several revolutions may have represented different ideals, but all were great accomplishments by men and women fighting for what they believed in. The book leans more towards radical ideals such as Socialism, Communisum, Marxism, and Anarchism, and wheather you agree with these ideals is really irrelavent because its not a book to convert you to these ideals. The goal is to make you informed as ...more
I have to say that it was an interesting read. I am thinking that it should be a mandatory read for all high school students. People need to understand exactly what dominated our world history for 50+ years. Marx's communism was nothing like what the Russian government implemented after the revolution of 1917. He would have been ashamed. Don't get me wrong, I am not advocating communism. But Marx had some good points; in an ideal world where people are fair and just.
As I mentioned in a blogpost last week (, this book opened my eyes. How much do most of us really know about revolution and socialism? I remember doing Marxist readings of media texts in university, but this begs the question 'how?' since I had never read his greatest writing?

Read the rest on my blog, if you want...
Matthew Richards
An odd assortment of writings, but it introduced me to Emma Goldman, so I can't complain.
Mike Stanley
This book was a little over my head although I did capture from it the communist way of thinking that the end of the line was communism and that it would bring happiness.
The Communist Manifesto and Other Revolutionary Writings: Marx, Marat, Paine, Mao Tse-Tung, Gandhi and Others (Dover Thrift Editions) by Bob Blaisdell (2003)
Only had to read The Communist Manifesto for school, but I found this book cheaper than buying it alone.
Good mix of interesting writings/speeches, but not really much more to say than that/nothing you can't find elsewhere.
Rob G.
a good source to find revolutionary writings to share with learners.
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Bob Blaisdell is a published adapter, author, editor, and an illustrator of children's books and young adult books. He teaches English in Brooklyn at Kingsborough Community College. He is a reviewer for the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor and the editor of more than three dozen anthologies for Dover Publications. Email him at
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