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by Saul K. Padover,Karl Marx

Download The Essential Marx (Essentials) epub
ISBN: 0451617096
ISBN13: 978-0451617095
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Author: Saul K. Padover,Karl Marx
Language: English
Publisher: Signet (January 2, 1979)
ePUB size: 1995 kb
FB2 size: 1840 kb
Rating: 4.5
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The other reviews posted here appear to be reviews of an anthology of Marx, perhaps having the same name. This book is a reissue of 'The Living Thoughts of Karl Marx' first published in 1939. It is not an anthology, but is an abridgement of Capital: Volume 1: A Critique of Political Economy (Penguin Classics), introduced by Leon Trotsky, with most of the editing done by Otto Ruehle.

Ruehle was a biographer of Marx and a former member of the German Reichstag who, along with Karl Liebknecht voted against war in 1914-15. He was a member of the "Dewey Commission" which found Trotsky not guilty of the charges leveled against him in the Moscow Trial.

I recommend this as the best introduction to Capital, or as a good refresher course if you've already read it. Another useful book is An Introduction to Marxist Economic Theory. Other essential reading by Marx (with Engels) is The Communist Manifesto, this edition having an introduction by Trotsky. One should be sure to read Marx and Engels writings on the American Civil War: The Civil War in the United States. And don't miss The Civil War in France.

The most important books by Trotsky are History of the Russian Revolution,The Revolution Betrayed, and My Life: An Attempt at an Autobiography.
It's great reading for those wishing to know more about Marx. Please note that my review has more to do with the selection of Marx's work, rather than the content of the ideology. This is perfect for anyone wanting to know more about a huge historical figure, or any student doing a body of research.
Leon Trotsky's review made Marx a lot more readable because I understood going in what Marx was elucidating. I'd recommend that ANYONE who wants to get a grasp on today's economics read at least the Trotsky review. Written in the late 30's but as relevant today as if if had been penned yesterday.
Some reviews on here refer to this book, "Selected Essays" as a collection of essays from Marx's Capital, with an intro by Trotsky. The free Kindle edition is however a collection of Marx's early essays: A Criticism of the Hegelian Philosophy of Right; On the Jewish Question; On the King of Prussia and Social Reform; Moralising Criticism and Critical Morality: Against Karl Heinzen; Proudhon; French Materialism; The English Revolution.
Bought it for school. Actually really enjoyed it
Just thought I would post a much-needed table of contents to inform those curious. This e-volume contains:

Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right
On the Jewish Question
On the King of Prussia and Social Reform
Moralizing Criticism and Critical Morality: A Polemic Against Karl Heinzen
French Materialism
The English Revolution

The translation is not good at all, but at least it has a linkable ToC
An extremely useful way to begin your journey into the immense body of Marx's work.