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Marx's General: The Revolutionary Life…

Marx's General: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels (edition 2009)

by Tristram Hunt

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A remarkable new biography from one of Britain's leading young historians that recovers the co-founder of communism from the shadows of history, portraying how one of the great "bon viveurs" of Victorian Britain reconciled his exuberant personal life with his radical political philosophy.
Title:Marx's General: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels
Authors:Tristram Hunt
Info:Metropolitan Books (2009), Hardcover, 448 pages
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An interesting biography of a man of huge social and historical significance. As the title suggests, Hunt makes full play of the contradictions inherent in the Manchester mill owner as father of socialism - and he clearly enjoys the sensual appetites and enjoyments of Engels, together with his fierce and all-consuming faith in his friend and collaborator Karl Marx. It appears that we are getting nearer to a time where we can look at the achievements of Marx and Engels, and their theories, in a way that is not completely overshadowed by their misapplication - we need not necessarily only see socialism through the prism of the gulag. This book will help with this reappraisal - and is very readable even to the political and philosophical novice
1 vote otterley | Oct 18, 2011 |
A great book, easy to read if you are interested in history. It helps understand how different the "existing communism" is from the one Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx describe in their books and newspaper articles . A biography of Engels life in the historic background. The conflicts with his family and the mill business where he was born and raised. And the struggle with and about the not really unite labor movement in a time where everything seemed possible in Europe. ( )
  brigitte64 | Aug 25, 2011 |
A very interesting book that deals with Friedrich Engels mainly , but has lots of information on the industrial revolution in Manchester and also the huge social changes in Germany in the 19th century. It is still very relevant today as revolution spreads across North Africa and trade union members in Wisconsin fight for their collective bargaining rights. ( )
  MarkAlexander | Mar 1, 2011 |
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At the end of this vivid and thoughtful biography, you are quite persuaded that Friedrich Engels would have been a fine man to drink a Margaux with. And it is surely true, as Mr. Hunt puts it, that Engels’s larger critique of capitalism — and his hope for a more dignified kind of humanity — “resonates down the ages.” But what exactly was it about Engels’s thinking and writing, as well as Marx’s, of course, that made it so toxic in the hands of almost everyone else? A more penetrating examination of that question might have made “Marx’s General” an excellent book instead of merely a good one.

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