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The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
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The Communist Manifesto

by Karl Marx

255 ratings, 63 reviews

The Communist Manifesto is attributed to both Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, though Marx gets most of the credit for writing one of the world's most politically significant documents. It details the nature of the class struggles between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie, and the problems with capitalism.

It is a little cited fact that Marx's political philosophy championed democracy as a catalyst for his ideas. And since the Manifesto was written at a time when the only country in continental Europe with a real democracy was France, the philosophy seemed pretty radical. What we know as Communism today was a byproduct of Stalin and Lenin's version of Marx's ideas. Among these are a progressive income tax, universal education, the abolition of child-labor, centralization of the means of transport and communication... so, basically France. Marx and Engels' work can be seen as a naive worldview that would later be corrupted by one side and demonized by another. So read the Manifesto in its original state and come to your own conclusions.

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December 12, 2015

This turned me into a lesbian communist!!! Love it!!


Lisa Dibb

November 18, 2015

Extremely interesting to read the original ideas.


Jen Josh

April 03, 2014

#LuVCommUNiSt this is great yay comunisum


Andrew Peterson

February 13, 2014

Long Live Stalin


Dave Buckley

January 22, 2014

I enjoyed the book and can see why others have seen relevance in the connection to todays world. However humans as a whole are programmed to want more and over reach and i truly beleive this is the reason it failed


Pradhani Kumbar

January 06, 2014



Carla Peñarrubia Belmonte

December 06, 2013

Absolutely loved it. It's still applyable to modern times and if communism failed it was because the rulers were too selfish to do communism properly just like the church is too greedy to practice the poverty it preaches.


Dominic Hopkins

November 19, 2013

Peice of shit book


Kevin Yarbrough

November 07, 2013

Beause i like this book


Zachary Baragas

October 21, 2013

As I read the book, it kind of jumbled up and confused me. But after I looked back at what the book said, it all formed togather.


Benjamin Gyabaah

October 12, 2013

Quite interesting philosophical thought espousing several opinions and school of thoughts.


Lawrence Greco

October 04, 2013

A book which envisions progress and unending prosperity though a centrally planned economy, only to fall victim to its own innefficient doctrines in practice. Should be read with hindsight along the lines of common sense and economic moderatism.


Alaina Williford

September 23, 2013

I liked this book


Mark Hassner

September 14, 2013

1star because there is no 0 stars. Just look to what communisem did to humens in it's being among them!


Elmer J Fap

September 09, 2013

I remember back in russia my great grandfather was a communist


Pete Zed

August 29, 2013

It seems Marx's views are as relevant today as when they were written, people praise capitalism because of the useless luxury it provides, and tend to forget that other parts of the world basically sacrifice their own resources, we get our rare earth metals for cells phones from countries in constant struggle, the root of this struggle lies with us, we indirectly support militant governments that abuse it's people, until they start charging too much and then we just take it, all in the name of the dollar.


Forest Kvasnikoff

August 03, 2013

I've read this sometime ago, but wanted to just say two things: first, whoever said "this shows the russian side of communism" forgot to note that marx was a german and second the failing of communism probably had more to do with brutal leadership and corruption than the pitfalls of socialism, along with some debatable aspects of human nature and our relations to each other


Casey Dayan

May 29, 2013

I'm relatively certain that the only other review on here was written with some irony. If not, it should probably be read that way. Evaluating Marx is akin to evaluating the Bible, or The Declaration of Independance, or any other work whose place in history is entirely more important than its contents. Anyhow, setting aside whether or not this can serve as an efficient economic or social model, I highly recommend that anyone uninformed enough to evaluate this work, or have the audacity to critique poor Marx's life with what seems like a Fox News interpretation of a Yahoo answers posting (see Fox interpretations of Hobbes' Leviathan), read Peter Stallybrass's article, "marx's coat." and remember: Marx was a human being. Like you. And he struggled so much so that he had to sell his children's clothing so he could continue to write. Which is work. Whether or not you think so. Fool.


Braedan Chevalier

May 15, 2013

This is a satisfiying book


William Nagy

May 14, 2013

It works until you run out of other people's money. The only people who like this who never lived under Communism. If you think you want to try to live it I fly you free of charge ONE WAY to Communist Cuba or China. Marx never worked a day in his life. He set foot into a factory only once when he went there to borrow money from someone.


Rigoberto Villa

May 08, 2013

Relly good book


Devin Ray

April 30, 2013

Sorry info on communism


Dillon Howells

April 30, 2013

It is a well writen book, & shows the Russians side to communism.


Warren Evans

April 24, 2013

A human hisory of class struggle. Undeniable. Excellent read.


Natan Lidukhover

March 21, 2013

The only reason the Soviet Union and Communism in Russia fell is because Stalin worked away from what the Bolsheviks wanted, Communism, and he developed the Soviet Union to be Communist-Socialist, which doesn't work! Communism standing alone WILL work if a country tries it, but it WON'T work if you add Socialism too. Socialism is what doesn't work, and not Communism and Marx explains this very well and clearly.


Drew Pate

March 21, 2013

Book was really good


Sumbal Qureshi

March 13, 2013

Karl Marx is idealistic. The Human race is not evolved enough to care for the common good. Man will not put the needs of society above his own. Humans it seems as a race is still in its infancy. It will be a few generations or longer before we can achieve a utopian society where everyone is equal. It is a lovely notion by Karl Marx for wanting it.


Baby Jesus

March 06, 2013

Mother Russia b$&@hes


Shikhar Prasad

March 03, 2013

The book and author expects a perfect world. But we have to accept human race is greedy . The person who will be the head of the government will do corruption in communism . If a society is there will be problems. We Can abate it not end it as evolution of human race is based on greed and cruelty . So only way to abate problems is strict laws and mass education and scientific morale education and a mass diageerment on any thing wrong.


John Smith

February 20, 2013

This book was written by a crazy person. Stalin killed more people than Hitler. Jews, Christians , and fellow Russians in his way. You think that that is a good social class???? The whole reason this book was written was so crazy people could rule over weaker people. Anyone who likes this book is as crazy as Stalin as brutal as Hitler and might as well shoot themselves.


Lokie Jacobi

February 18, 2013

I loved it but its hard to belive josef stalin went to prison for reading this. But its amazing that he turned out to be a brutal dictator


John Smith

February 15, 2013

Completely agree especially about religion


Colin Dale

January 10, 2013

This book definitely satisfied my thirst for knowledge on the topic of communism. Marx's idealistic way of presenting Communism was very compelling, but history has proven that such a system is is not ideal to any extent.


Masen Yaro

January 05, 2013

Capitalism is what built america, communism is what built russia. Which one you like better i would have to say America. Enough said.


Polly Kool

January 04, 2013

Im bored. IreLly didnot read the book


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December 06, 2012



To Personal

December 04, 2012

Love the book fantastic detail


Jake Mroczenski

November 06, 2012



Bashi Makhafola

October 26, 2012

Great book that provides definite perspective about social class and systems


Mr. Grey

September 30, 2012

I apologize for my earlier post I'm actually Mitt Romney and i endorse communism.


Jon Nobles

September 21, 2012

It was ok cud use improvements


Ray Denny

September 16, 2012

Certainly glad i spent the time to read this piece. Completely reshaped my personal understanding of communism philosophy.


Michael Gallagher

September 13, 2012

Amazing that economic policy, politics and philosophy can be united as one in this book.


William Kennedy

September 03, 2012

The best book i have ever read in my life


Wes Copeland

August 21, 2012

Language=Frederick Engels hahaha. No comment on the Manifesto but I thought I would point that out. Lolz


Adell Clifford

August 04, 2012

Its way out of the question at this point in time because people realize too much freedom of opportunity in our resent state. Mans natural ambition drives hi to want more than he has. Communism is a n obsolete concept.


Sean Collins

June 14, 2012

Interesting to see the other sides point of view. Communism sounds like a well thought plan for government but I think history has proved otherwise. You need a political balance to make a system work. Communism would work if it was a perfect world, but human nature prevents it from succeeding. If you eliminate the upper-class, you eliminate the benefit of hard work which leaves no reason for the common man to work. Eventually when this is realized you begin to see a lack of work ethic, and in time an economic recession. This is what America is being lead to.


Dom Croce

June 10, 2012

Some valid points, although the bourgeoise remarks I personally don't believe. It was worth the read.


Tj Turner

June 10, 2012

Me personally of Russian decent found this very interesting


Heather Walker Stevenson

May 20, 2012

Fantastic read - this man knew what was going to happen well before it started - given the state of today's economic crisis it goes to show Capitalism also does not work and is destroying itself - Communism also does not work - mix it up!


Tom Bramble

April 27, 2012

With permanent economic crisis, endless government and employer attacks on working class living standards and a global world capitalist system, the Communist Manifesto is more relevant today than ever before.


Ariel Voyager

April 12, 2012

More important for understanding the world than the bible! Classic work outlines the basic thoughts of Marx's historical materialism and offers proscriptive actions for workers and humanist movements to better their lives.


Buti Manamela

March 07, 2012

Timeless. Lucid. A guide to action. Bravo to M&E


Joshua Hubbard

March 02, 2012

Loved it


Michael McHugh

February 21, 2012

This book is sour hair!


Alex Montes

February 14, 2012

After reading the communist manifesto I understand why capitalism/free-trade/ industrialism decides to shut in such minded groups thus communism only helps the working class from the third party bourgeoisie who do nothing but take from the proletariat the working class.


Aryaan Syed

February 07, 2012

This shows what truly is communism is not what north Korea is doing


Max Jones

January 21, 2012

Read it. Hate it. Screw communism.


Bryan Murphy

January 09, 2012

This book never gets old.


Efren Huitron

January 07, 2012

Sounds like our present administration wants to do away the the U.S. Bourgois.


Charlene Flanagan

December 29, 2011

Loved this little red book!


Mason Taylor

December 17, 2011

This book is terrible. However, it is insanely interesting in the most unorthodox kind of way.


Ah Uh

October 22, 2011

I do like it!