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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Marx and Marxism by Gregory Claeys, read by Michael Gould. 

Why was Marx so successful as a thinker? Did he have a system, and if so, what does it consist of? How did Marxism develop in the 20th century, and what does it mean today? 

Karl Marx remains the most influential and controversial political thinker in history. The movements associated with his name have lent hope to many victims of tyranny and aggression but have also proven disastrous in practice and resulted in the unnecessary deaths of millions. 

If after the collapse of the Soviet Union his reputation seemed utterly eclipsed, a new generation is reading and discovering Marx in the wake of the recurrent financial crises, growing social inequality and an increasing sense of the injustice and destructiveness of capitalism. 

Both his critique of capitalism and his vision of the future speak across the centuries to our times, even if the questions he poses are more difficult to answer than ever.

©2018 Gregory Claeys (P)2018 Gregory Claeys

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  • 07-22-18

An interesting overview of Marx and those who came after him

I’m generally familiar with Marx’s thought but still found this to be useful and interesting. I really enjoyed the last chapter which was able and willing to identify Marx’s shortcomings while highlighting where his thought could be instructive in addressing contemporary problems like inequality and climate change.