'Apart from Charles Darwin's Origin of Species,' notes the Los Angeles Times, The Communist 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.'
Since it was first written in 1848, the Manifesto by Marx and Engels 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 and more relevant, and is required reading in courses on philosophy, politics, economics and history.
In this extensively researched edition, renowned Marxist scholar Phil Gasper provides an authoritative introduction to history's most important political document, with the full text of the Manifesto. Thoughtfully presented in a reader-friendly format, it is fully annotated, with clear historical references and explanations, additional related texts, and a glossary that will bring the text to life for students as well as the general reader.
The New Yorker recently described Karl Marx as 'The Next Thinker' for our era. This book shows readers why.
Phil Gasper's new edition of The Communist Manifesto comes at a critical moment in world history, when a global capitalism which Marx described with amazing accuracy a hundred and fifty years ago shows all the signs of disarray that he predicted. What Gasper does is to remind us how relevant the Manifesto is to our world today. His Introduction and Afterword are useful guides to the Manifesto and to its importance in our time. His notes give us fascinating tidbits of information which a thoughtful reader of the Manifesto will find extremely valuable. Gasper brings alive one of the great classics of modern political thought, an indispensable addition to anyone's library -- Howard Zinn
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, New York Times
The more those in power reject and ignore Marx and his ideas, the more the world comes to resemble the barbaric social system Marx predicted capitalism was in the process of becoming. Therefore, Marx's ideas are becoming more and more relevant to understanding what we see before us. This new edition of The Communist Manifesto, with its excellent informative notes and commentaries, enables the reader to appreciate this document both historically and theoretically, both in relation to its own time and in relation to the realities around us -- Allen Wood, Stanford University
Distinguished from all other English-language editions currently in print in two critical ways: (1) it is a fully annotated edition, and (2) it provides much needed corrections to the 1888 Samuel Moore translation supervised by Engels. . . . In addition to the text of the Manifesto itself and the annotations, the book includes a clear, accessible introduction by Gasper and a useful afterword. In the latter he replies to criticisms of the Manifesto (some emanating from the left) and demonstrates its continuing relevance. The numerous appendices to the book include all the prefaces to the Manifesto, Engels's "Principles of Communism", and a generous collection of extracts from Marx and Engels' writings, Monthly Review
About the Author
Phil Gasper is a professor of philosophy in Madison, Wisconsin. He is a on the editorial board of International Socialist Review, and writes its 'Critical Thinking' column. Phil is also a contributor to Socialist Worker, CounterPunch, ZNet and MRZine.
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