The Communist Manifesto: A Road Map to History's Most Important Political Document (Second Edition)

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About the Author

Phil Gasper is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Notre Dame de Namur University and co-editor of the independent socialist journal New Politics. He is a member of the Tempest Collective and currently lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin.Karl Marx (1818-1883) was the author of Capital, among many other philosophical, political, and journalistic writings, and was a co-founder of the International Workingmen's association in 1864. He remains one of the most influential political thinkers in the world.Frederick Engels (1820-1895) was Karl Marx's closest and most well known collaborator and financial supporter, as well as the author of The Condition of the Working Class in England and other writings. After Marx's death, he prepared the unfinished volumes of Capital for publication.


"Phil Gasper's new edition of The Communist Manifesto comes at a critical moment in world history, when a global capitalism which Marx described with amazing accuracy a hundred and fifty years ago shows all the signs of disarray that he predicted. What Gasper does is to remind us how relevant the Manifesto is to our world today. His Introduction and Afterword are useful guides to the Manifesto and to its importance in our time. His notes give us fascinating tidbits of information which a thoughtful reader of the Manifesto will find extremely valuable. Gasper brings alive one of the great classics of modern political thought, an indispensable addition to anyone's library."
--Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States

"The more those in power reject and ignore Marx and his ideas, the more the world comes to resemble the barbaric social system Marx predicted capitalism was in the process of becoming. Therefore, Marx's ideas are becoming more and more relevant to understand what we see before us. This new edition of The Communist Manifesto, with its excellent informative notes and commentaries, enables the reader to appreciate this document both historically and theoretically, both in relation to its own time and in relation to the realities around us."
--Allen Wood, Stanford University

"Distinguished from all other English-language editions currently in print in two critical ways: (1) it is a fully annotated edition, and (2) it provides much needed corrections to the 1888 Samuel Moore translation supervised by Engels.... In addition to the text of the Manifesto itself and the annotations, the book includes a clear, accessible introduction by Gasper and a useful afterword. In the latter he replies to criticisms of the Manifesto (some emanating from the left) and demonstrates its continuing relevance. The numerous appendices to the book include all the prefaces to the Manifesto, Engels's 'Principles of Communism, ' and a generous collection of extracts from Marx and Engels' writings"
--Monthly Review