Marx: Philosophy in an Hour

  • by Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by Jonathan Keeble
  • 1 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Philosophy for busy people. Listen to this succinct account of the philosophy of Karl Marx in just one hour.
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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"Well-written, clear and informed, they have a breezy wit about them . . .I find them hard to stop reading." (New York Times)
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Customer Reviews

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Doesnt skim the surface

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If you want to learn anything about Marx, don't start here. Propaganda piece of the worst kind. Go straight to his writings.


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- Daniel Nava Rodrigues

Marx in an hour

Showed a poor understanding of Marxism . I felt it was biased and written from a pro capitalist viewpoint. a somewhat dismissive and shallow read.
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- tim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-07-2013
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited