Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life

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6.61 X 9.48 X 1.65 inches | 2.43 pounds
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About the Author
Jonathan Sperber is Professor of History at the University of Missouri, Columbia. His previous publications include award-winning books such as Rhineland Radicals: The Democratic Movement and the Revolution of 1848/1849 (1991) and The Kaiser's Voters: Electors and Elections in Imperial Germany (1997).
Including the cast of Marx's enemies and acolytes, Sperber superbly recounts the life Marx led.
Sperber credibly reveals Marx's personal and political passions, ironies and contradictions... Authoritative.
Starred review. This superb, readable biography of the most controversial political and economic thinker of the last two centuries achieves what scholars have been hard-pressed to deliver in recent decades: a study of Marx that avoids cold war, ideological, and partisan commitments and arguments. A major work, this is likely to be the standard biography of Marx for many years.
[A] scrupulously detailed account of its subject from cradle to grave.--Terry Eagleton
[A] balanced, fresh biography, putting the reader at ease and stimulating open-minded curiosity.--Sam Stark
Doing for Marx what Ian Kershaw did for Hitler, Jonathan Sperber has given us more than just a landmark biography, but a magnificent literary and historical achievement.--Christopher M. Clark, author of Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947
The first significant Marx biography in decades... Sperber details graphically the often-times scurrilous intrigues and competitive struggles, in doing so developing a panorama of a European-wide network of artisans, revolutionaries and intellectuals... In careful detail, [he] reconstructs the genesis of Marx's works, the influences of David Ricardo and Adam Smith on Marx's political economy, as well as his fascination with Darwin's theories.--Alexander Cammann, author of Die Zeit
Working with sources not available to previous authors, Sperber offers a fresh perspective on Karl Marx and 19th-century European history in this remarkable work.... This brief review hardly does justice to a book that combines exceptional scholarship with exemplary exposition, and is among the best historical studies of this generation.... Essential.
Lutz skillfully uses the titular nine objects to explore the relationship between the sisters' world and their fiction.... Lutz commends Emily [Bronte] for her 'visceral engagement with her subject matter, ' and the same could be said of Lutz in this illuminating biographical study.--Ian Kershaw, author of Hitler: A Biography
[B]rings the Brontës to life by performing a magical investigation of the objects surrounding them. Deborah Lutz exercises a dowser's wondrous rigor; with erudition, deep feeling, and an almost mystical sense of an inanimate object's communicativeness, she pioneers a new way of looking at detritus and keepsakes, and a new way of writing biography.--Helmut Smith, author of The Butcher's Tale: Murder and Anti-Semitism in a German Town
A passionate, intelligent and stylish book. Deborah Lutz works a kind of magic around the Brontes' possessions and evokes their lives, works and legacies more vividly than ever. A brilliantly original study that all Bronte lovers will want to read.--Jonathan Freedland