The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

The Communist Manifesto

A rousing call to arms whose influence is still felt today, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels' The Communist Manifesto is edited with an introduction by Gareth Stedman-Jones in Penguin Classics.Marx and Engels's revolutionary summons to the working classes, The Communist Manifesto is one of the most important political theories ever formulated. After four years of collaboration, they produced an incisive account of their idea of Communism, in which ...

Details The Communist Manifesto

TitleThe Communist Manifesto
Release DateJun 27th, 2002
PublisherPenguin Classics
GenrePhilosophy, Nonfiction, Politics, Classics, History, Economics, Sociology, Political Science, European Literature, German Literature, Literature, 19th Century

Reviews The Communist Manifesto

  • Jeremy
    Long overdue update (2013): I read this book five years ago and in almost every respect, I have mellowed considerably.You can read my review below. It's unchanged. You can read the comments below that. Also unchanged.I never seriously expected anyone to read this review, much less love or hate it so strongly. I am not apologizing for my view of the book or Marx. He put his entire life into this slender and influential book, and I respect that. I ...
  • Jason
    Read this and understand why your imperialist capitalist government spent the better part of a century playing hot potato with ICBMs, invading and incinerating peaceful, peasant countries, and making your mom and dad piss themselves under school desks. The elite were scared shitless and by no means would they allow their slaves, errr labor force, a fraction of freedom or equality or means to resist. The 60 year propaganda campaign against Communi...
  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    Communism doesn’t work. Its ideals are perfectly understandable, justifiable even, but the way it seeks to attain them, that’s just terrible. In reality communist policy falls apart or isn’t fully followed. The driving force is to achieve a classless rather than class based society. Sounds good on paper doesn’t it? But in order to achieve such a thing, the manifesto proposes a revolution that will wipe out private property. This is more t...
  • Darwin8u
    “Political power, properly so called, is merely the organised power of one class for oppressing another.”― Karl Marx, The Communist ManifestoVol 20 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set. To be clear, I'm not giving this 5-stars because I'm a Communist just waiting start a revolution (not that I'm against a good revolution here or there)*. I do come from a religious tradition that experimented in the 1800s with ideas of consecration an...
  • Traveller
    This tract by Marx and Engels is too enormous in implication to review fully in the small little space that GR allows, so what I'll do for now is take extracts from it and comment on them, piece by piece.Per the Maifesto:""Abolition of the family! Even the most radical flare up at this infamous proposal of the Communists. On what foundation is the present family, the bourgeois family, based? On capital, on private gain. In its completely develope...
  • Foad
    بعد نوشت:فرازی جالب از کتاب اسطوره، رویا، راز اثر میرچا الیاده:اجازه دهید وارد مسئلۀ اعتبار فلسفی مارکسیسم و سرنوشت تاریخی آن نشویم و تنها الگوی اسطوره ای کمونیسم و راز معادشناختی محبوبیت همگانی آن را در نظر آوریم، زیرا به گمان ما، صرف نظر از تمامی ...
  • Barry Pierce
    What can I say? Marx was right. Almost.
  • J.G. Keely
    It is an error to assume that the problem with humanity is an inability to recognize our own problems. While it's true that we constantly look outside for answers, this is just because we are unhappy with the answers we have. We know that success requires hard work and knowledge, but we want something easier. We will accept an easier answer even when it isn't true. We are not motivated by what is true or likely, but by frightening or enticing sto...
  • Xio
    Its awful fun to grow up marxist in the US. You get to go to meetings where you, as a kid, soon realize there's no point in paying attention so off you go with the other rowdy tots into the ghetto to make trouble with whatever you find to hand.And you get to read this novella and if you're bored and underchallenged but over bothered you can begin to argue against american capitalist imperialism and the growth of consumerist doctrine using your ne...
  • Joseph
    2011 thoughtsA very important book at the time it was written. Some would conclude that it was the threat of the Communist that reformed the system to allow for leisure time for the working class. Organized labor reformed American business and transformed Europe. Americans still greatly oppose communism/socialism in all it forms (except for social security, medicare, public roads and parks, pork projects that benefit their neighborhoods, OSHA, ve...
  • Rachel
    One word review: disgusting. There is so much I could say, and there isn't the space to say it in a review... Where do I even begin? For starters, the book began on a whining note. There were basically two main thrusts: first that free trade was so unfair to the poor proletariat; second, that the communistic movement had only the interests of the proletariat at heart. It was unhindered by nationality or any other interests and existed solely to m...
  • Fei Fei
    The terms Marxism and Communism are so misused nowadays that it is difficult to hold an intellectual conversation with people about this deeply fascinating political and economic theorist. It is partly the fault of the school curriculum, I fear. For whenever schools teach Marx, they inevitably always start with this book, the Communist Manifesto. But this is precisely the worst place to begin understanding Marxist philosophy. The Communist Manife...
  • Steve Evans
    No one should feel the need to agree with this short polemic to realise that it is one of the most important books ever written. It should be required reading in schools really, but anyone who hasn't read it should nip out and get a copy straight away, and put her or his nose in it. Most though not all of Marxism is summed up in it, and unless one is really dedicated, very little else is needed for an understanding of "Marxism". I was one of thos...
  • Riku Sayuj
    The history of all hitherto existing society* is the history of class struggles.* That is, all written history.+++We read the same written history and read it as progress, as stories, etc. The real history, on the other hand, is something else. Played out differently. Yeah, that is the catch. This was a reading of only the bare text (along with the many prefaces!). It was very powerful and I am now reading the Penguin edition with the really long...
  • Luís C.
    Very valuable for the political formation of any citizen, even if the reader does not agree with the foundations of communism, the Communist Manifesto is nothing more than a meaning of spreading the opinions, goals and tendencies of this ideology, linked to the era in which the authors of the work lived, that is, the end of the nineteenth century.Several themes are covered in the book, among them we can mention: 1. The eternal class struggle betw...
  • Amin Dorosti
    شبحی اروپا را در می نوردد، شبح کمونیسم!این کتاب را در روزهای خوب ِ آرامانخواهی جوانی خواندم، روزهای پر شکوه آرمان های بزرگ و امیدهای پاک. روزهای معصومانۀ جنبش های دانشجویی در دانشگاه، روزهای پر تپش و روزهای که واقعا زندگی می کردم. روزهایی که همچون ش...
  • Rebecca
    I read this on the train to Manchester, appropriate reading when approaching one of the UK’s biggest centers of Victorian industry and the place where Marx and Engels met to discuss ideas in the mid-1840s. Marx was the chief author of this 50-page pamphlet, first published in London in 1848. It had never occurred to me that it was first issued in German, Marx’s native language. Like Darwin’s Origin of Species, another seminal Victorian text...
  • Riku Sayuj
    An introduction to a historical work (or any work for that matter) should not be a thorough deconstruction, undertaken from an ideologically opposite standpoint. The reader should be given an introduction and in fact (as much as possible) a defense of the work. This introduction sets out to do the opposite. I don't have a problem with Marx being critiqued but it should have been done in an independent book. This is like making a reader buy someth...
  • Belhor
    This of course, like many other ideologies, looks good on paper.
  • Jonfaith
    It has drowned the most heavenly ecstasies of religious fervor, of chivalrous enthusiasm, of philistine sentimentalism, in the icy water of egotistical calculation. It has resolved personal worth into exchange value, and in place of the numberless indefeasible chartered freedoms, has set up that single, unconscionable freedom—Free Trade. In one word, for exploitation, veiled by religious and political illusions, it has substituted naked, shamel...
  • Ben Loory
    wow, this was just amazing. i expected it to be long and dry and boring but instead it's like a pamphlet, it's a stirring infomercial, and the writing is incredible, like walt whitman or tennyson's "ulysses"-level rhetoric. i mean when you get to the list of the changes they actually want to make, you go OH JEEZ NO I DON'T THINK THAT'S GONNA WORK!!! but you can't help but see how this would've moved people to action (and probably still continues ...
  • محمد سيد رشوان
    الواحد بقى فعلاً بيكسل يكتب ريفيوهات، ودي ظاهرة مش إيجابية إطلاقًا، حقيقي المراجعة على الكتب أو الأفلام دي حاجة مهمة لأنها بتفيد لما نيجي بعد كام سنة نعرف رأينا اتغير بأي درجة.. عمومًا: البيان الشيوعي، أو المانفيستو كما يطلق عليه.. بيان الحزب الشيو...
  • Rupert Dreyfus
    Whether you disagree with Marx or not, this is an important book. It was part of a wider debate back when the idea of revolutionary strategy was taken seriously by the intellectuals of the day. I personally favour the principles of anarcho-syndicalism as being the path towards a freer, more democratic and peaceful world. I also think manifestos such as this lead to dogma rather than allowing revolutionary activity to be experimental and spontaneo...
  • Ana
    I'm not entirely sure how you're supposed to rate the book that inspired so many dickheads to nurse grandiose ideas of taking over the world, but I'll play it safe and give it a neutral three stars. I didn't read this for pleasure, but for knowledge, as I wanted to see what are the root ideas to what we now,sneeringly, call "communism". I am not surprised I found it at times, very logical, and at other times very much on point - after all, some o...
  • Greg Brozeit
    The most boring and most interesting thing I've ever read. The most profound and most ridiculous thing I've ever read. The most frustrating and most coherent thing I've ever read. The most far-seeing and most fantasy-derived thing I've ever read. But I'm really glad I read it, occasionally re-read it, and am influenced by it, good or bad.In my opinion, much of the Communist Manifesto is a restatement of Luke 6:31. No matter if you think this is i...
  • sologdin
    A bit different purpose here, in comparison with the Norton Critical edition of the same basic text. Handsome hardbound, 150th anniversary, not quite a coffee table edition (no pictures), &c. Introduction by Hobsbawm is cool. He notes that the manifesto of the ‘communist party’ refers to no actually existing organization (12) but that its “political rhetoric has an almost biblical force,” “compelling power as literature” (15). Authors...
  • Coloma
    Relectura de esta maravillosa obra imperecedera ✨ Alguien que me conoce (y me quiere) bien me sorprendió con esta preciosa edición especial de Nórdica, con las fantásticas ilustraciones de Fernando Vicente, y volví a sumergirme en mi esencia. Hoy más que nunca, con este Capitalismo en su estado más salvaje que presenciamos, sigue siendo necesaria su lectura y asimilación. Eso sí, con unas profundas y necesarias integración e implement...
  • Jason
    Reread this recently and basically yup.
  • Adam Ford
    An interesting insight into the original idea of communism. It all sounded so great Marxy, didn't it? Shame about the millions upon millions of deaths that ensued, you bastard!!I'd recommend this to all the anti-capitalists who dream of 'a change' in modern society. Be careful what you wish for; this manifesto was extremely well-intended.Seriously though, this should be on everyone's bucket list. Especially if you have a passing interest in polit...