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Das Kapital

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,632 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
Karl Marx set about to analyze the development pf capital, the componets of capital and the modern day application of capital. As a political economy scientist he outlined the key human ingredient; the concept of the 'surplus value of labor'. This concept is the most difficult to understand of the three essential elements of what we now call Marxism, but it is the most imp ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published 1867)
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How could one give a star-rating to Das Kapital? It stands, with Marx's canon, as one of the most influential books in history, perhaps rivaling only some religious texts. With three stars, I think I will have reached a compromise which will offend everyone.

Das Kapital is Marx's attempt to codify and transmit his collected observations on the state of capitalism. This is a far cry from the soaring rhetoric of the Manifesto - its aim is to be both a systematic critique of capitalism as well as an
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
یکی از دشوارترین کتاب هایی بود که خوندم، دوستانِ گرامی برایِ معنی کردنِ برخی از واژه ها و فهمِ برخی از جملاتِ این کتاب، بهتر هستش که از کتب یا رفرنس هایِ دیگه و یا اینترنت کمک بگیرید
خودِ کتاب بسیار تخصصی هستش و متاسفانه ترجمۀ بسیار ضعیفِ کتاب برایِ غیرقابلِ فهم شدنِ برخی از جملات، مزیدِ بر علت شده... مرتضوی با ترجمش نابود کرده کتاب رو
دوستانِ خردگرا، مهم نیست که برخی موجوداتِ بیسواد و نادان و پیروِ دین و مذهب نظرشون در موردِ « مارکس» و دیدگاهِ « مارکس» چیه... خواندنِ کتبِ مختلف از فلاسفه میتونه ش
Dec 10, 2008 Bart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had Marx avoided moral judgments in this tome, had he stuck only to symptoms of capitalism’s maladies, this book might still be read in the West today. Instead, Marx and his labor theory of value are considered discredited by economics departments and worthy of little more than synopses and essays about the work – Das Kapital is still cited by many and read by none – and this is probably because Marx’s moral remedy led to greater woes than capitalism did.

This book is also too long by about 2/3.
Rowland Bismark
Jun 03, 2010 Rowland Bismark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Karl Marx's Capital can be read as a work of economics, sociology and history. He addresses a myriad of topics, but is most generally trying to present a systematic account of the nature, development, and future of the capitalist system. There is a strong economic focus to this work, and Marx addresses the nature of commodities, wages and the worker-capitalist relationship, among other things. Much of this work tries to show the ways in which workers are exploited by the capitalist mode of produ ...more
Farzaneh Shafah
Nov 15, 2015 Farzaneh Shafah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب را با ترجمه ایرج اسکندری که ترجمه بدتری نسبت به نسخه نشر آگاه است خواندم. به همه قسمت هایش نرسیدم ولی در مجموع کمک بزرگی برایم بود... سرمايه نكارش دقيق و فني ماركس درباره مفاهيم كالا و مبادله و بازار و بول و كار و عناصر نظام سرمايه داري است كه از منطق خاص ماركس بيروي ميكند و در جارجوب نظام او معنا ميابد... خواندش را به كساني كه اندك اشتياقي به فهم اقتصاد دارند به شدت توصيه مي كنم...
«كالا به صورت طبيعي اش يعني انجنان كه طبيعتا و به خودي خود هست نه مبادله بذير است و نه معادل هر كالاي ديكر. تن
Lauren Sheil
I just finished reading “Capital”, Karl Marx’s seminal work on political economy originally published in 1867 toward the end of the industrial revolution. The following is a summary of quotes from the book that I’ve been tweeting for the past few days along with my impressions and comments on each.

“The country that is more developed industrially only shows, to the less developed, the image of its own future.” #marx

Throughout the book Marx appears to me to be similar on tone to all the great dev
May 20, 2015 laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whatever your political stance it's impossible to deny the influence of Marx's works, this one in particular. It's a real wonder, how one persons ideology put into written word can shape the world even today. At the very least, you can appreciate it from that standpoint.

Truly though, the book is convincing and reading it with historical awareness can enable you to enlighten yourself further. It's a great read, and I look forward to reading his other works.

Christ, this review sounds pretentious.
Vikas Lather
Nov 08, 2015 Vikas Lather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Breathtaking and revolutionary engagement with means of production, surplus value, alienation of labor, and other capitalistic phenomenons.
Hamdican Yıldırım
kitabın sonunda herkes allahsız dinsiz komünist oluyor beğenmedim.
Leo Hsieh
Sep 08, 2015 Leo Hsieh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Das Kapital is one of Karl Marx's greatest published book, it was also the revolutionary book at that time period, even now this book provides a deep insight on capitalism and the pros and cons of it.
This book, unlike the Communist Manifesto is more on a analysis on political economy and the ethics of a capitalist market. I recommend this book because of it's diversity, it is not a book about how bad capitalism is, but also the sociological, philosophical and economical impact of capitalism that
Jan 25, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should say that I did not read this unabridged, I kinda doubt that even Trotsky did.
David Miller
Oct 15, 2015 David Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As many will note, Marxism in its most "Marxist" sense is basically an obsolete system. Das Kapital is very much a product of the nineteenth century, and a perceptive reader can easily find traces of modes of thought that are no longer of the moment. But socialism, more broadly, is very much a living thing, and it is just as readily apparent how important this critique of the corrosive effects of capitalism has been to socialism's development.

The edition I read presents the core of Marx's analys
Aug 12, 2009 Scott rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for one of my classes at the U. Here is the best summary of the book I could find:
The central driving force of capitalism, according to Marx, was in the exploitation and alienation of labour. The ultimate source of capitalist profits and surplus was the unpaid labor of wage laborers. Employers could appropriate the new output value because of their ownership of the productive capital assets—protected by the state. By producing output as capital for the employers, the workers con
"Moreover, all progress in capitalistic agriculture is a progress in the art, not only of robbing the labourer, but of robbing the soil; all progress in increasing the fertility of the soil for a given time, is a progress towards ruining the lasting sources of that fertility. The more a country starts its development on the foundation of modern industry, like the United States, for example, the more rapid is this process of destruction. Capitalist production, therefore, developes technology, and ...more
Apr 05, 2010 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Marx's primary treatise on capitalist economics. Straight-forward yet a little dry, it's not exactly a thrilling read but an important component of Marx's total theory. I've read it a few times now and I'm becoming more and more aware of both the limitations of the work and also the absolute magnificence of it. It's imperfect, yet it remains the most important work on economics.
Samer Mansour
رأس المال كتاب قيم جدا لكل من أراد أن يفهم حقيقة المقولة الماركسيةأن الرأسمالية تحفر قبرها بيديها!يبدأ بتحليل فلسفي عن السلعة التي تعتبر حجر الاساس في الراسمالية .. يحلل النقد وظهوره ووظيفته واختزاله للعمل المبذول في انتاج السلعة ..يتحدث عن السوق وآلياته ,, عن الامبريالية كمرحلة عليا من الرأسمالية
Arvind Passey
Aug 11, 2007 Arvind Passey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: buy it, keep read it sometime
Buy it... keep it... do read it sometime is all I can say of this book. Not everyone will be interested in the concepts expressed in the pages. However, going through the concepts helps one in understanding the delicate relationship of humans with other humans within the structured frame-work of civilization.
Jul 14, 2014 BRANDON rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know why Marx is considered to be a "Materialist" by some writers and thinkers, go no further. This is perhaps Marx most densely philosophical book. This is due to Marx breaking down (much like Adam Smith--even with the same language) the Industrial Revolution and Capitalism, how it works and what it does. It ultimately had to be finished by Marx sponsor Fred Engels (who was a Capitalist bastard) and you can't really tell the difference. Some think that Marx (who was basically jou ...more
Extraordinary in ambition, scope and coverage, but a really difficult read. I highly recommend David Harvey's lectures ( as a companion, if you plan to make the effort.
James Gibson
May 08, 2014 James Gibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this book is so prolific it is hard to review. There is nothing more to say that Marx is the secular Jesus who has brought light to the world with his incredible ideas.
Nov 20, 2008 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to the accompaniment of a lecture series by David Harvey. I would have sunk right to the bottom where it not for his help. Marx is a prophet, get used to it.
Nov 25, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want to read Capital, I highly recommend David Harvey's complementary lectures ( Capital is a dense, complicated book filled with Marx's personal jargon and that all-too-familiar overly complicated academic prose. Fortunately, the commentary behind the prose is as valuable as any you'll find on the topic of economics; and luckily, Harvey has been teaching a class on it for 40 years.

I found reading Capital to be quite a project, but have come out th
May 31, 2008 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its really boring, but I think it sets up a lot of ways people analyze the world and look at it from systems point of view.
Berry Muhl
Nov 12, 2015 Berry Muhl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Soul-crushing in its hatred of human nature, and irritating in its misconstruing of economic maxims. Beginning with a vast oversimplification of Adam Smith's theory of value, Marx proceeds to describe, for ants, bees and other insectile collectivists, the kind of economics he wishes had evolved among humans. He then offers--via a distortion of the Hegelian dialectic, which is itself a distortion of logic--a historicist, "scientific" account of how the "proletariat" will inevitably rise and t
Have read chapter extracts over the years but not all, so still listed as currently reading I guess.
Had to read all of this as a student. It nearly killed me but it is amazing. What scholarship !
changed my life
Reading Das Kapital by Marx was a month long struggle and, I must admit, that after I slogged through the part I kept on reading only out of spite.

Marx's magnum opus didn't age well - in part because it is atrociously written. The book is full of gratuitous use of Latin, French, Italian (and I assume that in the original - German edition, English too), subtle literally call outs (e.g "Who fails here to call to mind our good friend, Dogberry, who informs neighbour Seacoal, that, “To be a well-fav
Ahmed Qamesh
Jun 17, 2013 Ahmed Qamesh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Austin Wimberly
May 16, 2013 Austin Wimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book five stars for the influence it continues to have. Despite the fall of communist regimes around the world (and I realize there's a whole other debate about whether or not those regimes were truly Marxist), the ideas of Marx continue to play out in various social phenomena in the modern world, even if we don't label those phenomena "Marxist." For example, the buy local movement (and I'm a buy local kind of guy) is vaguely Marxist. It's an appeal to decentralize capital and give l ...more
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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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