Buy Karl Marx New Ed by Francis Wheen (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Karl Marx has ratings and 85 reviews. Ahmad said: Karl Marx, Francis Wheenتاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفتم مارس سال میلادیعنوان: کارل مارکس؛ نویسنده. Francis Wheen’s biography of Marx, from which this is extracted, even the most devoted follower of Karl Marx will recognise the merit of Francis’s study.

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Want to Read saving…. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Wheen is obviously attracted to Marx as a philosopher and as a character, and he could be criticised for being overly sympathetic at times, but overall I came to feel similarly forgiving, and quite charmed by Marx.

Demonized and reviled by mythology posing as fact, the hirsute Prussian emigre has suffered badly at the hands of History. I doubt I’ll ever read a better biography, regardless of the subject.

Overall, though, if you only know those broad strokes then the Wheen biography is a good entry point for learning about the life of Marx. Sent from and sold by Amazon. There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment. A rowdy, loudmouthed and extremely confused little mannequin whose life-motto came from Rameau’s Nephew I would rather be an impudent windbag than nothing at all.

It is pleasing to know that Marx, who understood the workings of capital more than any other, was as waste Demonized and reviled by mythology posing as fact, the hirsute Prussian emigre has suffered badly at the hands of History. He had bad liver, pains here and there, and boils so terrible that he often couldn’t sit to work. Unencumbered by ideological point-scoring, this is a very readable, humorous and sympathetic account.

Marx’s life, as this book shows, contained elements of both tragedy and farce. Marx, he would have us know, was an ironist. However I didn’t get a sense of Marx’s intellectual development or of his thinking from this book.


Quotes from Karl Marx. Don’t have a Kindle? Although, there’s enough on the theory in it that can help you pretend what you’re talking amrx when discussing Marxism with your friends. Quite interestingly, Francis Wheen does however make the case that people should take Mafx theory seriously and he was writing this book in the “end-of-history” late 90s.

I brought Marx alive to me, and I would recommend it to anyone, who has interest in philosophy, socialism and the history of the 19th century. It is this last that I find such an affecting detail, and one that is lovingly treated by Wheen; as for the old man’s death, I found myself wiping away a tear, and I dare say I wasn’t the only reader to do that.

As it is, it is rather idiosyncratic, quite entertaining, and wholly succeeds in demystifying Marx and his times. If you read this you will learn nothing, or next to nothing, about why Karl Marx was a socialist, why he moved from philosophy to economics, or how madx developed the theories described in Capital. No trivia franci quizzes yet. Ultimately, mankind must be freed from the tyranny of all religions, Christianity included.

Feb 02, Buck rated it really liked it Shelves: Trivia About Karl Marx. The style is humorist and serious at the same time, with a keen eye on the various misdeeds various politically-enclined historians twisted or wrongly presented Marx history and work, which is always nice to see. Marx may have said that philosophers have interpreted the world, but “the point is to change it”, yet Wheen remarks: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The emancipation of the Jews is, in the last analysis, the emancipation of mankind from Judaism.

I think Wheen, like myself, had already made his mind up about Marx before he approached this book. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. In an obituary of Christopher Hitchens, his longtime friend, Francis Wheen recounted Hitch’s ludicrously improbable experiences and his exceptional clarity of mind, no matter how inebriated. Karl Marx by Francis Wheen. Don’t expect frrancis critical engagement with Marxist theory or anything like that.

Msrx is the secular cult of the Jew? Rfancis will learn francia lot about Mar It’s partially my fault that reading this was such a chore.


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maex The history of the 20th century is Marx’s legacy. The book bursts with funny asides, anecdotes, and sharp observations about Marx and his associates. He has not lacked biographers, but karrl the most distinguished have been more interested in the evolution of his ideas than any other aspect of his life. Never do you get a sense of the sublime force of his character, the socratic hideousness of his appearance, the maniacal obsession with petty squabbles.

If so, I recommend this. January non-fiction nomination idea. In his report for frajcis Guardian, Willis detailed his reasons for rejecting the argument. Jun 12, Lolita Lark rated it really liked it.

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When he delivered Das Kapital to his German publishing house, the manuscript had blood all over it. It’s hard to shake off the suspicion that Hitchens, who described Marx as “friend and mentor” in his memoir, supplies some of the vividness with which Wheen portrays Old Major.

Wheen, however, feels the time is ripe for delivering this thought to the world, and perhaps, in a deeply dispiriting way, he is right. He and Frederick Engels were a pair.

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View all 42 comments. The approach is light and anecdotal, but not lacking in scholarship which some of the reviews concentrating on Marx’s attacks of boils might lead one to believe.