Das Kapital: A Critique of Political Economy Paperback – Jul 1 1996
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The wealth of those societies in which the capitalist mode of production prevails, presents itself as "an immense accumulation of commodities," its unit being a single commodity. . . . Read the first page
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For it inaugurated a new era in the relationship between men of all social conditions in the whole world and in years to come. It is the book where all the reasons for the downfall of capitalism in the end of the XIX century are pinpointed with a precise and polemical style, trademarks of the German author, and where, for the very first time in the story of History, historical movements are treated coherently as the necessary (deterministic) events of the social movements of humankind since the beginning of civilization, something called historical or dialectical determinism by the author, who borrowed and inverted many concepts from the German philosopher Hegel.
Notwhitdstanding the importance of the book to West and East culture, this is not an easy book to read, given the intricacy of the subjects treated and also its lenght. For me the most attractive feature of the book is the disdain Marx had for anyone who did not agree with him, unabashedly fighting against Political Economists and Historians of all ideological collors. Despite all the rabid polemic, what remains after almost 150 years of the publication of the first volume of Das Kapital is the collapse of the communist world and the strenght of Capitalism, who learned the lessons of survival better than its ideological counterpart.
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Marx is a once-in-a-millennium genius and his incisive and precise deconstruction of capital using historical materialism, aside from some minor problems, still holds perfectly... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Sparky
This is a poorly done facsimile of the first volume only. I had to order the three Penguin Classics volumes to get what I needed to take part in a study group on these works. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2013 by Mary Margaret Pringle
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Many reviewers (including Saulius Muliolis) are incapable of reading Marx's arguments on their own terms, but must read them throgh the beer goggles of neo-classical economics. Read morePublished on June 6 2007 by William C. Roberts
I really cant sum this book up in 1,000 words. I will make this real short, THIS IS A GOOD BOOK FOR COMMUNISTS" Karl Marx is considered one if not the THE founding father of... Read morePublished on June 30 2003 by Ocelot
Marx got it all wrong. He derives his understanding of economics
not from the real world, but seemingly out of thin air. Read more
Albeit, not wholly prophetic Das Kapital holds it's own. With all the high interest rates, M&As, Enron, etc. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2002