Isaiah Berlin's intellectual biography of Karl Marx has long
been recognized as one of the best concise accounts of the life and
thought of the man who had, in Berlin's words, a more "direct,
deliberate, and powerful" influence on mankind than any other
nineteenth-century thinker. A brilliantly lucid work of synthesis
and exposition, the book introduces Marx's ideas and sets them in
their context, explains why they were revolutionary in political
and intellectual terms, and paints a memorable portrait of Marx's
dramatic life and outsized personality. Berlin takes readers
through Marx's years of adolescent rebellion and post-university
communist agitation, the personal high point of the 1848
revolutions, and his later years of exile, political frustration,
and intellectual effort. Critical yet sympathetic, Berlin's account
illuminates a life without reproducing a legend.
New features of this thoroughly revised edition include
references for Berlin's quotations and allusions, Terrell Carver's
assessment of the distinctiveness of Berlin's book, and a revised
guide to further reading.
Subjects: Philosophy, History, Political Science
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