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Publisher's Summary

Karl Marx's devastating critique of capitalism, and his proposal of communism as the answer to the failings of the capitalist system, bore their greatest fruits in the twentieth century with the formation of the communist state in the Soviet Union. This great venture has now all but completely failed. Yet the force of the communist belief offered the prospect of "justice on this earth" to countless numbers. And Marx's critique has influenced generations of thinkers who call themselves Marxists.

In Marx in 90 Minutes, Paul Strathern offers a concise, expert account of Marx's life and ideas, and explains their influence on man's struggle to understand his existence in the world. The book also includes selections from Marx's work, a brief list of suggested readings for those who wish to delve deeper, and chronologies that place Marx within his own age and in the broader scheme of philosophy.

©2001 Paul Strathern (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"Well-written, clear, and informed, they have a breezy wit about them. I find them hard to stop reading." (The New York Times)

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Save your 90 minutes

This is a short biography of Karl Marx. I am glad I read the short one instead of the long one. This book does not discuss Marxist philosophy as much as it talks about the somewhat pathetic life of the man who was Karl Marx. I was hoping the book would give me an elementary understanding of Marxist philosophy.

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Mischaracterizes Marx's beliefs

Through out it makes jabs at the Ideology of Marx and the author uses Marx to platform his own western individualist libertarian philosophy. I would not start learning about Marx here.

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More an objective biography than philosophical summation.

If you looking for a series explaining philosophy this is not it. This could be used to learn a little biography but even that was a lacking.

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Ability is the missing part

To each according to their ability.. as he sat on the couch picking the boils on his penis having someone else pay his way.

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Biography and summary of philosophical impact

Very good, incisive, brief biography.
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Highlights of human history

More of a biography with interpretive comments than a detailed analysis of his philosophical views.

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do not waste your time on this author he is a pseuintellectual with a failing grasp on his subjects

this idiot does not understand marx's philosophy wow I've never seen marx's work so mishandled

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Snarky bio with little about Marx’s philosophy

This entire “______ in 90 Minutes” series suffers from the same problem. They are brief biographies and don’t spend very much time discussing the actual philosophy of their subjects. You will learn more about Marx’s marriage, infidelity, financial problems, and grooming habits then you will about his philosophy. It’s not like they didn’t have enough time because the last 20 minutes are a timeline of world philosophy and other similar filler-crap. Also, the style of the writing is very snarky which I found annoying.

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hatchet job by a moronic author

skip this book! it will give u a profoundly poor understanding of Marxism. This author should be banned from publishing anything more than a tweet. He has no understanding of the term 'alienation' nor the mental ability to do anything other slander one of the worlds most profound thinkers.
Read the Manifesto in the original and skip this thinly disquesed piece of right wing propaganda.

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Biased “summary” of Marx’s life and work.

Can't say one thing Marx said without an opinion on how naïve he was. And very simplistic overview. Good intro though.

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for an overview this is pretty good

I thought too much credit was given to Marx on the few things he got right and not enough for the damages he inspired.