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The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document [Paperback]

By Philip Gasper (Editor), Friedrich Engels, Erik J. Buss (Editor), Guy Newland (Editor), John J. Gaines (Contributor) & Benjamin Harshaw (Editor)
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"What is globalization? Here is one of the best answers. It is the constant revolutionizing of production' and the endless disturbance of all social conditions.' It is everlasting uncertainty.' Everything fixed and frozen' is swept away,' and all that is solid melts into air.' Yes, you have read this before. It is from The Communist Manifesto, by Messrs. Marx and Engels."-The New York Times

Here, at last, is an authoritative introduction to history's most important political document, with the full text of The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels.

This beautifully organized and presented edition of The Communist Manifesto is fully annotated, with clear historical references and explication, additional related texts, and a glossary that will bring the text to life for students, as well as the general reader.

Since it was first written in 1848, the Manifesto has been translated into more languages than any other modern text. It has been banned, censored, burned, and declared "dead." But year after year, the text only grows more influential, remaining required reading in courses on philosophy, politics, economics, and history.

"Apart from Charles Darwin's Origin of Species," notes the Los Angeles Times, the Manifesto "is arguably the most important work of nonfiction written in the 19th century." The Washington Post calls Marx "an astute critic of capitalism." Writing in The New York Times, Columbia University Professor Steven Marcus describes the Manifesto as a "masterpiece" with "enduring insights into social existence."

The New Yorker recently described Karl Marx as "The Next Thinker" for our era. This book will show readers why.

Phil Gasper is a professor of philosophy at Notre Dame de Namur University in northern California. He writes extensively on politics and the philosophy of science and is a frequent contributor to CounterPunch.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   221
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 7.75" Height: 7.25"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2005
Publisher   Haymarket Books
ISBN  1931859256  
ISBN13  9781931859257  

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Can't beat this version  Jul 23, 2008
I've read a translated-only version of the manifesto too and enjoyed it, but this version is wonderful. If you're new or familiar with Marx, I suggest you get this book. Once you start reading the simplified explanations and extra examples, you will attain an understanding that surpasses whatever you knew before. I can't recommend it enough.
More than a relic...  Dec 12, 2005
Phil Gasper brings a profound clarity to the words of Marx and Engels. Readers of other editions may be surprised by how much more fully they grasp the meaning of "history's most important political document" this time around. I was.

The true breadth of Marx and Engels' intellect is made clear in the many short selections of their subsequent writings included with the Manifesto (especially Engels' very readable "The Principles of Communism"). I greatly appreciated this inclusion by Gasper, along with his thoughtful introduction and afterword.

Don't buy this book for yourself alone, get one for a friend too. In a world where profit-seeking and power-grabs drive everything from oil wars to pharmaceutical research to prison construction, who says Marx is dead, anyway?
It's such a good version...I would even recommend it to a skeptic  Dec 10, 2005
Overall, this version is practical and 'user friendly.'

Here is a little personal story:
I have read three other versions of the Communist Manifesto. All of these had their own special characteristic that distinguished them from each other. For example, one version has a good introduction and a good afterward , another version has good notes at the end of the Manifesto and another version is pocket size. However, this version has proven to be much better.

When I began reading this version, the large size of the pages bothered me a bit. However, it makes sense that the pages are larger because the Author places important information and notes that help to explain the Manifesto. As I continued reading, I became convinced that this version was much more practical than other versions even if it was not pocket size. The reason being, that whenever I did not understand a reference all I had to do was look at the edge of the page. In other versions, I had to go to the back of the book and read notes and other information in small print. This obviously became really annoying and it made me stop reading the notes because a lot of the information was overwhelming and sometimes unnecessary.

Furthermore, this version is better than the others because it explains the original text in plain English. In addition, this version has a funny and inspirational introduction, a good afterward by Howard Zinn and a section with a few questions that people usually ask to try and discredit socialism/communism. However, the Author answers those questions that sometimes puzzle or have puzzled us at one point in time.

I think that this is such a good version, that I would even recommend it to a skeptic.

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