The Marx Engels Reader This revised and enlarged edition of the leading anthology provides the essential writings of Marx and Engels those works necessary for an introduction to Marxist thought and ideology

  • Title: The Marx-Engels Reader
  • Author: Karl Marx Friedrich Engels Robert C. Tucker
  • ISBN: 9780393090406
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • This revised and enlarged edition of the leading anthology provides the essential writings of Marx and Engels those works necessary for an introduction to Marxist thought and ideology.

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    1. Recently had a conversation with this older woman in Berkeley. I told her Marx was making a comeback among people my age and younger. She was frankly incredulous, that just couldn't be right, she thought. Marx? the youngs these days are reading Marx?Yes, lady, believe it. We're reading Marx. Why wouldn't we be?

    2. Whether or not one is a Marxist, knowledge of Marx' work is important in understanding the variety of political philosophizing over the millennia. Marx' political thought is sometimes difficult (think the "Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844") and sometimes transparent (e.g "The Manifesto of the Communist Party," more popularly referred to as the "Communist Manifesto"). This edited work is one of the best introductions to the works of Marx (and Engels). The volume begins with the earl [...]

    3. This reader is the perfect introduction to Marxism, thoroughly presenting the backdrop and progression of Marxist thought throughout the years, ranging from Marx's thoughts on Hegel and Feuerbach to his lectures, letters and refutations. The last third of the book is rightfully dedicated to Engels' contributions, including his groundbreaking thoughts on the origins of family.It is as great an achievement in intellectual thought as it is an achievement in editing.

    4. I know. It is important to read Marx. Especially for a historian, Marx's materialist conception of history is so influential, so pervasive, so inescapable, that there is really no excuse for never reading the man's work. And I have tried. I had to read the Communist Manifesto at some point my freshman year of college, and my eyes glazed over then, and then my current course of study rolled around, and there is Marx, on the syllabus. And I thought, good. Now I am older. More mature. I shall read [...]

    5. In the summer of 2001, I took a socialist history class. Summer school classes are unrelenting in the amount of reading needing to be done. I have clear memories of coming straight home after class, swimming through the thick humidity of North Carolina, and proceeding to spend the afternoon, evening, and night reading Marx. Class struggle. Dialect materialism. Proletarian revolution.

    6. The range of writings included in here is great, spanning form early Marx to later Engels and hitting upon social, economic, and revolutionary theory. The depth, however, I found to be lacking. I find it irritating that some of Marx and Engel's most important works are abridged, as if an additional 20 pages here and here would be too much for an 850 page book. Perhaps this is just a general problem I have with anthologies and readersIt's humorous that in one of Engel's letters included in here, [...]

    7. An indispensable guide to the absolute bois. This was published back in the 70s when many texts written by Marx and Engels were yet to be published or read in the US. It combines what Tucker thinks are the most important texts of the authors, in mostly chronological order/the order of Marx discovering what he was on about. It includes the full texts of several of his manuscripts and the Communist Manifesto, as well as portions of others, and collects portions of the vols. of Capital. It also, of [...]

    8. I've found that Fredrick Engels has been lost under the tidal wave cast by Marx, even though the former helped keep Marx on his feet and was more a collaborator than some second fiddle. This is a bit more clear in this collection, where tone and tints of the ideas behind Marxist theory are different than in works written exclusively by Marx. Some of the pieces are repetitive.

    9. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the peoplerxmarx were wrong.Unfortunately,in today's opium are nationalism,football and popular culture.

    10. Marx changed the way I think. I'm less enamored of him as I grow older (anyone claiming to have the key to history should be locked in a padded cell), but still amazing stuff.

    11. This review is not directed at the form of the book, which is more or less ideal for what it is, namely in presenting an in-depth overview of the writings of Marx and Engels, but is directed more so at the ideas contained within (although it should be noted that a more apt title would be "The Marx Reader oh, and here are some of Engels' writings tacked on at the end"). The one complaint, then, that I do have with the form of the book is that Engels is given so little space, when he is truly the [...]

    12. You can't participate in a political debate in America without first reading Karl Marx. It's that simple, because Marx, a German living in England at the height of the Industrial Revolution saw the consequences of unbridled capitalism on helpless workers first hand. Much has happened in government and economic philosophy since then, but it was Marx that laid the foundation for all political discourse to follow. Marx believed the workers should own the means of production, and, seeing no way for [...]

    13. This is one of two collections of the Red Beard's work I have used, the other being David McLellan's Karl Marx: Selected Writings. Both are excellent: scholarly, organized and graced with intelligent commentary and background. However, if you asked me which to make your not-so-little red book of choice, I would choose this one for a few reasons. For one, it contains a thorough index, which greatly enhances the book's use-value as a reference. For another, it is compact and portable--this is the [...]

    14. Tucker breaks down difficult passages by Marx in clear prose explaining Marx's thinking. Tucker restates plainly but effectively that given the division of labor between capitalist and worker, exploitative behavior by the capitalist is logical and not at all 'unjust' by virtue of applying some outside moral criteria to condemn it. The Marxist system does not concern itself with issues of justice, in particular, that comes later, or co-develops by other thinkers, namely Marx's contemporaries. Tuc [...]

    15. Modes of Production, alienated labor, surplus value I loved reading this book. It really demonstrated the intelligence of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. I would go on to say that I don't agree with every single thing in the book but I feel that has already been overstated about the man and his intelligence. This is an incredible read for anyone with an open mind and a dictionary. Disclaimer: do not just read the Communist Manifesto! It is oversimplified and will mislead you into thinking that y [...]

    16. I do not sympathize with the communist political ideology, but I was fascinated by the arguments Marx/Engels made for the dialectic development of history. It certainly gave me a lot to think about and I think that it was a fair assessment. This compilation of their works is excellent, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about Marxist thought. Everything you need to read is in this book.

    17. It's packed and the editor gives a bit of historical context for each of the selections, many of which constitute the complete text of the work from which they're taken. It includes a big chunk of Capital, vol. 1, for example. You also get the German Ideology and the Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts for 1844, so that you can see how M's analysis of political economy grows more nuanced as he learned more history and economics.

    18. Really nice comprehensive text for someone wanting to understand Marx. Will teach you that you do not like Engels (at least it did me).I appreciated it laid out the context of the pieces, and included background work in some places for ideas that would spring up later. Much easier to follow Marx's line of thinking than just relying on the Manifesto.

    19. I think Robert C. Tucker passed recently. Not in any way the best anthology but it's one that's on the most syllabi across the country's universities. Nevertheless, the feeling of reading Marx for the first time is indescribable. Can't help but to yell, "YES!" at the page incessantly. Too bad "Marx" is a four-letter word in this country.

    20. If you are seriously interested in history or economics, but you don't have time to take university classes or read all of Capital, this is a fabulous work. Having read large sections of Capital in my twenties, i feel that Tucker's editing and notes make Marx's study and insight comprehensible without diluting or fluffing it up.

    21. I am so glad to be done with this book. It was a monster to read not just because the language and ideas were convoluted and difficult but because they're just plain wrong! In addition, I am horrified, every day, to see how influential his insane thinking is in our country. He is full of anger, envy, vengeance and recommends violence. An evil man.

    22. Read, read, read and read again. I suggest picking this book up and giving it another look every four years as each Presidential campaign comes and goes. Especially when it comes to the topic of the economy??? Huuummmm ??? Is there really a true democracy?

    23. Really,reallynot an advocate of communism in theory or practice, but was an interesting read. I did appreciate Engels's thought processes about industrialization forcing people into beyond horrible slum conditions and trying to bring about change so that didn't happen anymore.

    24. A classic compilation of Marx's writing. Tucker can get a bit wordy at times, something that doesn't help the already mystic and often vague english that has been created from translating Marx from german. However, his commentary is sometimes very helpful.

    25. Good to know what the opposition thinks. Can't agree with the idea of individual agency being cast aside. Also the idea that all of history is class struggle is too simplistic for me. People are occasionally motivated by things other than money.

    26. as with the kamenka collection, a distillation of the MEGA for use by undergraduates in resolving revolutionary facial hair care product problems.

    27. I have never made it through every word of this book. But I have immersed myself in it three time thus far. I'm sure I'll dive in again sometime in the future.

    28. Marx's critique of capitalism and the alienation of the modern individual is still valid, but ultimately his system fails because it remains rooted in Romantic categories; and materialism, for all its efforts to the contrary, becomes another word for inverted Hegelianism. Marx and Engels may be trying to "put Hegel on his feet," but their system is still structurally Hegelian, whichever angle is facing up. According to Marx, all past ideologies were unable to bring about a state of true prosperi [...]

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