Karl Marx has ratings and 69 reviews. William2 said: Excellent biography. Herr Marx was a nasty motherfucker. If you did not agree with him, he vilif. In this magisterial biography of Karl Marx, “likely to be definitive for many years to come” (John Gray, New York Review of Books), historian Jonathan Sperber. This is not a book about how Karl Marx changed the world. It is not about the revolutions and crimes committed in his name in the 20th century.

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Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life

He traces the development of Marx from his Young Hegelian roots to a theorist influenced by, but in many ways working against, scientific positivism. I can only give this sprber 2 stars because it’s pages was far more about Karl Marx than I ever wanted to know. You know that I have sacrificed my entire fortune in revolutionary struggle.

Buy the selected items together This item: I am not a Marx scholar by any means. Marx was idealized as wperber person and a thinker, and those elements of his thought were highlighted that bore most relevance to contemporary concerns.

Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life, by Jonathan Sperber, review – Telegraph

Yet none of these texts provided much materialism for Marx. Follow Telegraph Books on Twitter. He makes us look again at the writings, through nineteenth-century eyes, and gives a vivid account of Marx’s often difficult personal circumstances. Marx’s father was of the truly converted variety.


It’s a sucker’s question, and a way to close, not open, thinking.

By Taking Power Issue Interesting for what is says on the cover – a biography. Overall, I’ve certainly gained a more comprehensive view of Marx, grounded in his own era and looking backwards to the pr Not what I’d call a delightful read, but thorough and informative. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. And, most important, the origins of Marx’s lifelong disgust for the “society of orders”, the authoritarian and absolutist monarchies of pre-revolutionary Germany peopled with aristocrats, bureaucrats and military officers.

I found interesting the aside that Marx didn’t seem to see any contradiction between the many ways in which he lived as a bourgeois not a proletarian prudishness in mixed company, preference for “high” art etc.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Then again, this is a biography, and not a history or pure analysis, though it includes aspects of both. Jul 19, Jeremy rated it it was amazing. Despite the highly tedious ojnathan part, this book xperber definitely worth 4 stars.

Preview — Karl Marx by Jonathan Sperber. Most endearingly, we encounter Marx spending hours playing with his children and grandchildren and setting off for picnics on Hampstead Heath.

Karl Marx: a Nineteenth-Century Life by Jonathan Sperber – review

For this reason, it is a valuable corrective to many works on Marx, which treat him as a timeless intellectual giant. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The Health of Nations Issue And Yet It Moves Issue 1: I skimmed the whole book to find the pages worth of information uonathan I was actually interested in.


One of those most useful things to be gained from this biography is not Sperber’s analysis of Marx’s theory, though that is excellent.

Like Telegraph Books on Facebook. We follow him on his wanderings, settling in one seedy apartment after another. A collection of the best contributions and reports from the Telegraph focussing on the key events, decisions and moments in Churchill’s life.

Marx had a child with the live-in family servant — Lenchen Demouth.

If the breakdown in consensus is this complete, where to start but with the details. The Life and Works of Karl Marx. Sperber, at one point, writes: Second I learned about his famous work, Das Kapital, which is the only thing I was interested in understanding about Marx and Marxism. Aug 06, Shems added it. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.