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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  3,402 ratings  ·  94 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 January 1st 1918)
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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...more
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....more
Rowland Bismark
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
More relevant than ever!

Capitalism is a system that will pass, just like other systems have passed, and maybe with the current global crisis we've finally hit the boundaries of it. Tragically communism (or the totalitarian regimes they made of it) wasn't the answer either, but Markx is a visionairy man and should be read and reinterpreted by everyone who is concerned about the welfare of our planet. (..or how an ever-growing economy has to clash with finite resources sooner or later)

Marx basical...more
Brilliant. The book that shaped the 20th century. Those 'Muricans who accuse people or governments of "being socialists" have absolutely no idea, nor the desire, I imagine, to read Marx's masterpiece. Not that they would understand, anyway.
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...more
"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
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.
Arvind Passey
Aug 11, 2007 Arvind Passey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: buy it, keep it...do 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.
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
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.
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.
Had to read all of this as a student. It nearly killed me but it is amazing. What scholarship !
Ahmed Qamesh
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A uno casi le da cosa poner una puntuación basada en estrellas a una obra de esta envergadura y que ha pasado tantos años conmigo. Años, de verdad, un lustro hasta que he sido capaz de terminar, teniendo que intercalar su lectura con muchísimas otras para hacerlo más llevadero porque, si los escritores marxistas ya se me hacen pesados, la opus magna del propio Marx es como una losa de granito encima de tu tumba cuando tú solo estabas durmiendo.

A los desconocedores sorprenderá que este no sea un...more
Austin Wimberly
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
Feisty Harriet
I plowed through 1,000 pages of Das Kapital, text and annotations for my Marxist Economics class. Did I enjoy it? No. Did I understand it? I aced my tests, so yes, I did. Do I agree with Marx? Um, no. In theory he has some interesting ideas and I think that many businesses owners would do themselves a favor by reading it, but do I think all his ideas (or even most of them) work in practical application? No. They don’t. The basic tenet of Marxism is that any business owner who makes a profit is e...more
I have to be honest when I think of the of millions of lives lost in pursuit of the principles laid out in this book - and yes all those dictators were implementing their version of Marxism, they believed they were Socialist/Communist and it is irrelevant whether you think they where - I have to say it wasn't worth it, especially when you consider all the unsung heroes of social justice in Marx's own footnotes who where genuinely fighting for a fairer society. I can't help but think that if anyt...more
This was one of many books I read as part of my education n economic history. In it Marx describes his economic point of view which, surprising to me at the time, agreed with Adam Smith on at least one point. They both shared the "labor theory of value" which simply put argues that the value or cost of an item is based on the amount of labor necessary to produce it. This was supplanted by the subjective theory of value in the nineteenth-century which argues that the value of any item is determin...more
I oblige to read this. our professor require us to read Das Kapital and in every chapter we should have reaction paper, i have no choice or else... hahaha!! Honestly, i have a hard time to understand this book, it really drain my brain. At first i don't understand what he want to prove and to show to his book but after reading this book my question is how to prevent or solve capitalism, abusing to the laborers?? wooooHH!!!

Some said that the new version of Das Kspital is the simplest version! O_o...more
Thomas Fackler
Marx waxes on and doesn't have a very good grasp of mathematics or modeling, but in both is a typical economist which is why this book has been a fundamental economic work from the mid-19th century to today.

Slogging through the equivalence of goods, services, labor, and anything else that can be picked up and traded, stolen or given away, Marx makes nearly a half-hearted attempt to develop equivalencies between the minutiae of the market. He jumps from generalization to generalization, but never...more
While some parts of Das Kapital are, at least, engaging - Marx' future predictions of the outcomes of monopoly and capitalism have simply not come to pass. Seems to fall into the "Expert" falacy.
Leí este libro hace mucho tiempo y me gustaría poder decir que entendí el 20% de lo que dice este libro. Pero debo decir que Marx es tan sutil que me pierdo no menos del 80%. Sí que entendí con ese 20% que Marx no siempre dijo lo que dicen que dijo, y que es tan preciso y riguroso que dudo mucho que quisiera decir otra cosa.

Para reafirmarlo, la primera lectura de este año 2014 ha sido este otro librito: la crítica al programa Gotha. En su lugar doy más detalles.

No pongo estrellas porque este...more
James Gibson
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.
Yasin Sakal
Hangi siyasi görüşte olursa olsun kapitalizmi anlamak isteyen herkesin okuması gereken bir başyapıt. Her sayfasında Marx'ın inanılmaz öngörüsüne hayran olmamak elde değil.
Tuxedage Bayes

This is not the most instrumentally useful thing you could read, even if you aspire to becoming an economist. Nearly every useful idea in it has already been extracted into mainstream economics, so there are far better sources than this. Nonetheless, I have put it here because it has sparked my interest in Economics in a way that no other book has. Had this book not existed, I’d have travelled the path of a doctor, lawyer, programmer, or fast-food worker instead.

Marx may be a terrible writer, bu...more
Robert Mahon
Let's face it, Marx was more philosopher than economist. He spent a lifetime trying to justify a particular ideology/philosophy....based primarily on jealousy. He insists upon putting an intrinsic value of things (e.g., labor)....rather than the value which the market determines for them, based on their free marketable worth based on free exchange. In a fair and free market, labor is not "cheated". It is just like any other product, which is demanded and supplied. Keep in mind that much of what...more
Mike (the Paladin)
A hard slog but it might "behoove" us all to read it, especially now. This convoluted view of economics should appeal to those who seem to think they can borrow their way out of debt. The idea basically is that everyone is a yellow pencil. You don't need a skilled carpenter for example, just hire 10 unskilled workers and they can do it. Right. The logical fallacies here are legion.

I read this almost 40 years ago when I was 17 or 18 and it convinced me that leftists were so totally wrong that I'v...more
The genre of this book is nonfiction, political/revolutionary. I liked this book because it puts forth an image of a greatly harmonious world that is free from class struggle and social inequality. This book is a great starting point for a reader who is interested in the man behind the ideology. Das Kapital is a little harder to read than the manifesto, but has far greater information and ideas to be thought about. All in all this is a great read.
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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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