Now Reading – Capital Volume I

For my next book, I’m going to tackle Karl Marx’s Capital Volume I.  If you remember, this book is part of my Marx Reading Challenge.  I’m reading the Penguin Classics paperback version of the book translated by Ben Fowkes.  Here’s what the back of the book says:

One of the most notorious works of modern times, as well as one of the most influential, Capital is an incisive critique of private property and the social relations it generates.  Living in exile in England, where this work was largely written, Marx drew on a wide-ranging knowledge of its society to support his analysis and create fresh insights.  Arguing that capitalism would cause an ever-increasing division in wealth and welfare, he predicted its abolition and replacement by a system with common ownership of the means of production.  Capital rapidly acquired readership among the leaders of social democratic parties, particularly in Russia and Germany, and ultimately throughout the world, to become a work described by Marx’s friend and collaborator Friedrich Engels as ‘the Bible of the working class.”

In his introduction, Ernest Mandel illuminates a revolutionary theory whose impact on the turbulent events of the twentieth century has become ever more apparent.

I’m really looking forward to tackling these three volumes of Capital.  I’ll be writing frequently about my progress and thoughts.  If you’ve read these books, I hope you’ll leave me your thoughts!


About Jeremy

Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

3 Responses to “Now Reading – Capital Volume I”

  1. I hope this book gonna rock. I m very excited to read this. Keep on writing 🙂

  2. You should be complimented for taking this on, I will as well. Its hard in the US to read such works because of the HUGE indoctrination machine that is constantly working. I congratulate you and your curiosity. I find that reading these works and others, opens one’s mind vs being so entrenched in one’s on Dogma. Although I’m not a communist nor a socialist. I do see that our great experiment with Capitalism here in the States has proven to be more of a failure than success, I’m still hopeful that we will evolve to something better. I suggest you check out the new Zeitgeist film, moving forward, its free.


    • Hi! Thanks for dropping by! Not quite sure exactly what got me interested in reading this book. I’m sure it had something to do with me reading The Communist Manifesto last summer. I’m convinced that my reading of Capital will take the bulk of the year to accomplish, but I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge.

      I’ve always been curious about different schools of thought. My main goal is to learn more about this type of political economy simply so I can try to understand it more than what I currently do, which is pretty much the surface. Thanks for the suggestion on the film, I’ll see about taking a look at it.

      If you happen to begin Capital, I hope we can have a discussion on it here! Thanks again!

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