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ISBN-10: 1844678768
ISBN-13: 9781844678761
Publisher: Verso
Publish Date: 04/04/2012
Dimensions: 7.30" L, 5.40" W, 0.40" H

The Communist Manifesto: A Modern Edition

Introduction by: Eric Hobsbawm

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Price: $13.95

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This modern edition of the political call-to-arms whose “influence has been surpassed only by the Bible” highlights Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels’ prescient insights on capitalism (Guardian).

A Communist Manifesto for the 21st-century reader concerned by the ever-widening wealth gap, the instability of financial markets, and the gradual destruction of the environment.


In the two decades following the fall of the Berlin Wall, global capitalism became entrenched in its modern, neoliberal form. Its triumph was so complete that the word “capitalism” itself fell out of use in the absence of credible political alternatives. But with the outbreak of financial crisis and global recession in the twenty-first century, capitalism is once again up for discussion. The status quo can no longer be taken for granted.

As Eric Hobsbawm argues in his acute and elegant introduction to this modern edition, in such times The Communist Manifesto emerges as a work of great prescience and power despite being written over a century and a half ago. He highlights Marx and Engels’s enduring insights into the capitalist system: its devastating impact on all aspects of human existence; its susceptibility to enormous convulsions and crises; and its fundamental weakness.

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"As a force for change, its influence has been surpassed only by the Bible. As a piece of writing, it is a masterpiece."
Guardian

"[T]he best possible explanation of what the world was about that I had ever read. It pointed out that the real conflicts in the world were not between black and white, men and women, Muslims, Christians and Jews, Americans, Russians and Chinese; it was about the conflict of economic interest between 95 per cent of the population of the world, who create the world's wealth, and the 5 per cent who own it. I think of Marx as a prophet: the last of the Old Testament prophets. And we should think of him as a teacher ... Karl Marx discovered it all long before I did, and I am very grateful to him."
–Tony Benn, The New Statesman

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ISBN-10: 1844678768
ISBN-13: 9781844678761
Publisher: Verso
Publish Date: 04/04/2012
Dimensions: 7.30" L, 5.40" W, 0.40" H
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