Karl Marx's philosophical critique of capitalism and his solution of communism directly led to the formation of the communist state in the Soviet Union. Whilst this great venture has now all but completely failed, Marx’s philosophy has proved to be arguably the most influential of the 20th century; the influence of Marxism can be seen in subjects as diverse as the infamous policies of Joseph Stalin to many of the progressive humanitarian reforms of the 20th century.
The audiobook is an expert account of Marx’s life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and above all easy listening. Also included are selections from Marx’s work, suggested further reading, and chronologies that place Marx in the context of the broader scheme of philosophy.
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By Kallum on 27-02-18
Nothing you couldn’t read on Wikipedia
Very shallow commentary on Marx that rarely goes further than the biographical. The ideas that are discussed are not taken seriously and more detailed analysis can be found on Wikipedia. The author prefers to mock Marx, while failing to actually engage with his ideas. The title is a misnomer as this book is very short on the Philosophy and runs well over an hour. Wouldn’t recommend.