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Karl Marx's Capital is one of the most important texts written in the modern era. Since 1867, when the first of its three volumes was published, it has had a profound effect on politics and economics in theory and practice throughout the world. But Marx wrote in the context of capitalism in the second half of the 19th century: his assumptions and analysis need to be updated in order to address the technological, economic, and industrial change that has followed Capital's initial publication. 

In Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason, David Harvey not only provides a concise distillation of his famous course on Capital, but also makes the text relevant to the 21st century's continued processes of globalization. Harvey shows the work's continuing analytical power, doing so in the clearest and simplest terms but never compromising its depth and complexity. 

Marx, Capital, and the Madness of Economic Reason provides an accessible window into Harvey's unique approach to Marxism and takes listeners on a riveting roller-coaster ride through recent global history. It demonstrates how and why Capital remains a living, breathing document with an outsized influence on contemporary social thought. 

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Important but...

If you are looking for concision and clarity in a description of Marxist theory you could do worse but I cannot say this is an easy read. Many of Marx's most important revelations are framed in clumsy academic terms that do not lend themselves to the audiobook medium. Further Harvey seems to go off on tangential spirals at the expense of explaining his main points. I suspect this material might be better read than listened to.

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Reliance on jargon makes the book unintelligible.

Not sure for whom this book was written but most likely for graduate students in "Marxian Studies." Th reliance on jargon made it almost unreadable.

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terrible readers voice

wHiny AF annoying ass voice you have to actually focus on the words being said and not how they are said

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Amazing distillation of Marx’s economic theories

David Harvey has done a masterful synthesis in this book. He takes the economic theories of Karl Marx, agglomerates them, and infuses the theories with contemporary 21st century examples. Anyone who is even mildly interested in socialist economic theories should pick up a copy.

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Narrator easy to follow and listen to. Worth focus

Listen with the proper attention. Concepts are well laid out and connected. Information is timely and relevant.

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Excellent

Harvey offers an excellent and accessible introduction to Marxst economic approach and its possible future developments. Strongly suggested as a starting point.