Karl Marx. A Life. Francis Wheen (Author). Sign up for the monthly New of Marx since the end of the Cold War, Francis Wheen gives us not a socialist ogre but. W.W. Norton • • pages • $ This book is described by the author as “an attempt to rediscover Karl Marx the man a Prussian. In this stunning book, the first comprehensive biography of Marx since the end of the Cold War, Francis Wheen gives us not a socialist ogre but a fascinating.

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In a famous riff on Hegel, Marx once said that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. The Little Wild Boar. Sam Vaknin The Eureka Connection. The book is not uncritical of Marx, but Wheen decidedly takes his side in the battle of the International, designating Bakunin as an occultist conspirator. His Marx is neither a saint, nor a devil, but a genuine crazy-cat bohemian philosopher.

Wheen is the author of several books, including a biography of Karl Marx [4] which won the Deutscher Memorial Prize in maxr, [5] and has been translated into twenty languages.

Sep 13, Debraj Bhattacharya rated it it was amazing. In addition to revealing many of Marx’s personal travails, Wheen strives to resolve several of the lingering debates that, though they have been thoroughly examined ,arl countless biographies, continue to swirl. I really liked that and thought he came at the character of Karl Marx from a number of different angles.


Then you have their words to catch and hurl back at them to knock them down with. He was also a doting grandfather. In this stunning book, the first comprehensive biography of Marx since the end of the Cold War, Francis Wheen gives us not a socialist ogre but a fascinating, ultimately humane man, while still examining the criticisms of his detractors.

And he was wonderful at insults. That said, oli see veidikene kuiv ja igav lugemine minu jaoks.

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Nov 21, Manuel Cartes rated it it was amazing. Marxist hagiographers in the West have also been reluctant to draw attention to this embarrassing partnership between the revolutionist and the reactionary. Mmarx almost bought it but put it down because I realized that a life of Marx is one of oarl things that is hard to be objective about.

Jul 25, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: Peter the Great is indeed the inventor of modern Russian policy, but he became so only by divesting the old Muscovite method of its merely local lifr and its accidental admixtures, by distilling it into an abstract formula, by generalising its purpose, and exalting its object from the overthrow of certain given limits of power to the aspiration of unlimited power.

Dec live, A. It is pleasing to know that Marx, who understood the workings of capital more than any other, was as wasteful with lucre as I.

I finished reading this book in less than two weeks, which is quite fast considering I only read while I’m in the skytrain. It is this last that I find such an affecting detail, and one that is lovingly treated by Wheen; as for the old man’s death, I found myself wiping away a tear, and I dare say I wasn’t the only reader to do that.


Larl it is, it is rather idiosyncratic, quite entertaining, and wholly succeeds in demystifying Marx and his times. Wheen maintains that it was motivated by her wish to sell arms to the Saudis. Demonized and reviled by mythology posing as fact, the hirsute Prussian emigre has suffered badly at the hands of History. Z read several of Wheen’s books and he is a tremendous writer: Urquhart himself later turned his attention to other, equally quixotic causes.

Here is one view on Marx and his influence: We had very much neglected this aspect, and one ought to know with whom one is dealing. But also dense and occasionally claustrophobic. This book is impressively full and amusing. Not in the sense that this whewn a forbiddingly over-intellectualised book, but because he kept alluding to entertaining or alluring titbits that sent me on significant digressions on wiki and elsewhere.

Francis Wheen

Was he, as his detractors have claimed, a self-hating Jew? Nov 11, Nigeyb rated it really liked it.

He was married to the writer Joan Smith between and It was early spring and the sun was shining, so we hoped to take the day and make the most of it.