Monday, August 17, 2009

"A Very Special Business Angel." THE ECONOMIST August 13, 2009.

Hunt, Tristram. The Frock-Coated Communist: the Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels. London: Allen Lane, 2009. Also pub. as Marx’s General: the Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels. New York: Metropolitan, 2009. WHEN the financial crisis took off last autumn, Karl Marx’s Das Kapital, originally published in 1867, whooshed up bestseller lists. The first book to describe the relentless, all-consuming and global nature of capitalism had suddenly gained new meaning. But Marx had never really gone away, whereas Friedrich Engels—the man who worked hand in glove with him for most of his life and made a huge contribution to Das Kapital—is almost forgotten. A new biography by a British historian, Tristram Hunt, makes a good case for giving him greater credit. . . . Read the rest here:

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