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The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  836 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, 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 Classic ...more
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Published June 1st 2009 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
Mar 11, 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 14, 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
Matthew
Jan 10, 2011 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Down with capitalism!
Gary
Dec 31, 2010 Gary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: social-studies
Scariest book I've read since Goosebumps: Monster Blood II
Jason
Mar 02, 2013 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Jason by: Nobody
Shelves: classics, 2014
(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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Rebecca
Nov 05, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
2.5 stars

Read (some) for my Advanced Placement European History class.
Twum
Jun 30, 2016 Twum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most reviewers seem too eager to explain their reason for reading The Communist Manifesto.
I find that sad - no matter what we think about Communism shouldn't we understand why more than half the world at some time or other believed in this form of government?

I thought Marx's ideas were not even as radical as Robespierre's during the French Revolution before him, nor as violent as Che's a century later. Each saw their ideology as revolution and like most revolutions were born in anger (and disgus
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Mathias
Oct 08, 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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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 socialist
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Miles McCoy
Jun 03, 2011 Miles McCoy rated it liked it
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
Bett Correa-Bollhoefer
Marx has a lot of ideas, but they didn't seem systematic enough for me to completely follow his arguments. He pushed the ideas into the mainstream which is good for discussion.
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
Gary
Jul 10, 2016 Gary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grabbed the communist manifesto
And attended a renaissance festival
With some sparks and some tingles
We read Marx and Engels
While the court jester did magic, Presto!

I was so tired and man, really stressed, bro
So again grabbed the communist manifesto
Only two pages deep
I fell right asleep
Even bourgeoisie need their Z's, I mean rest-o.

I bought a racehorse named Proletariat
The first horse to beat Secretariat
But to nobody's surprise
When he got first prize
He suddenly didn't feel like sharing it.
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
Steve Harris
More of an essay than a book. If nothing else, you should read this just to say you have. Marx doesn't want private property ownership b/c that allows the bourgeois class to take advantage of the proletariat. So he proposes the government own all the property...ummm, yeah Karl........'cause that would solve all our problems.

His insight really was interesting and I think he wanted to better the lives of the poor. But his 'cure' breeds despotism, which is worse than the disease.
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
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.
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.

Doddokoplok
Sejarah terbentuknya masyarakat dari awal hingga saat ini adalah sejarah perjuangan kelas.
Orang merdeka dan budak, bangsawan dan rakyat jelata, tuan dan pembantu, tuan tanah dan pengelana, pendeknya:
Penindas dan yang Tertindas,
Alyson Bowers
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Mason
Jul 26, 2012 Mason rated it really liked it
Needs to be read multiple times to fully appreciate everything it has to offer.
Sidney Betancourt
Great book! Read it in my political theory class and it was quite an interesting read.
Manuel Menezes
The Communist manifesto by Karl Marx (1998)
Ava
May 08, 2015 Ava rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Amanda
Mar 07, 2013 Amanda rated it did not like it
Well... that was fun.
Allen
Oct 23, 2010 Allen rated it really liked it
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.
Victoria
Oct 24, 2015 Victoria rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No, thank you.
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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 absentia, Marx stud ...more
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