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Why Marx Was Right

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Narrated by: Roger Clark
Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Philosophy
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In this combative, controversial book, Terry Eagleton takes issue with the prejudice that Marxism is dead and done with. Taking 10 of the most common objections to Marxism - that it leads to political tyranny, that it reduces everything to the economic, that it is a form of historical determinism, and so on - he demonstrates in each case what a woeful travesty of Marx's own thought these assumptions are.

In a world in which capitalism has been shaken to its roots by some major crises, Why Marx Was Right is as urgent and timely as it is brave and candid. Written with Eagleton's familiar wit, humor, and clarity, it will attract an audience far beyond the confines of academia.

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  • Master Ewan J. Johnstone
  • 28-03-2019

More apologetics than convincing argument

As a fairly radical leftist I was hoping for a more engaging argument. Overall it left me thinking that although Marx had good core ideas it is surrounded by antiquated 19th century baggage that holds it back. For example, Marx's championing of colonialism as a prerequisite for socialism. It also focuses on theory and philosophy with little to say on practice. Perhaps the book's main flaw is that it seeks to defend Marx personally rather than Marxism as a whole.
Hopefully modern Marxism has come along way since Marx.

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  • The New Rashi
  • 30-11-2018

Outstanding achievement

Extremely listenable writing style and very accessible to the layman. Narrated masterfully this book destroys many of the ridiculous 'Facebook meme' anti-Marx arguments and exposes them as the product of ignorance.

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  • Kirstie Cook
  • 14-03-2019

A good start in Marxist studies

easy to follow and a great insight into Marx and his legacy. Very accessible and a good starting point for the study of Marxism

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  • james
  • 16-06-2018

Great

A wonderful book for those who believes Marx is still relevant in the twenty first century

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-2019

Quite informative

Interesting book that is very well written. The author makes his arguments well and consequently they follow a very logical pattern. Marx's view of the world is as appropriate today as it was in the Victorian times that he lived and wrote in. It's a shame that the events of the 20th Century will be forever associated with Marx when all the evidence points to the fact that he would have been appalled as most people are by what was inspired by his writings. This book goes a long way in trying to atone for that damage to the reputation of his life's work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-07-2019

A better understanding of Marxism

A great book for anyone skeptic of Marxism and anyone who wants to know more about him.

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  • Jamie Cassidy
  • 21-11-2018

some decent points, mostly eloquent nonsense

Sidesteps a lot of the major issues, in particular the point that socialism no longer seems the only way to achieve the kind of standard of living for the ordinary working family that has been achieved by places like Sweden and Finland

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