By Jonathan Sperber
“Absorbing, meticulously researched. . . . [Sperber] succeeds within the basic activity of all biography, re-creating a guy who leaps off the page.” —Jonathan Freedland, New York instances ebook Review
In this magisterial biography of Karl Marx, “likely to be definitive for a few years to return” (John grey, New York assessment of Books), historian Jonathan Sperber creates a meticulously researched and multilayered portrait of either the guy and the progressive instances within which he lived. in response to exceptional entry to the lately opened records of Marx’s and Engels’s entire writings, Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life offers a historic context for the private tale of 1 of the main influential and debatable political philosophers in Western background. by means of elimination Marx from the ideological conflicts of the 20th century that coloured his legacy and putting him inside “the society and highbrow currents of the 19th century” (Ian Kershaw), Sperber is ready to current a whole portrait of Marx as neither a soothsaying prophet of the fashionable international nor the writer of its darkest atrocities. This significant biography essentially reshapes our figuring out of a towering old figure.
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