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Book Review #18: The Communist Manifesto

"The Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels

One word review: Pithy!

Did you know?

The Communist Manifesto is considered more of a political document rather than a book.

The Communist Manifesto is a handy informative book, just 96 pages in length which could be read in one sitting. As the name goes by, the book explicates the different class divisions among the society, the need for Communism, and the different types of Communism.

The book is divided into four segments. The first segment describes the two classes: Bourgeois and Proletarians, their functioning in the society from the ancient times, and the rising impatience among the Proletarians class. The second segment deliberates on how Communism appeals to the Proletarian class, why they need it and what can be achieved through Communism.

Quotes from the Book

In bourgeois society, therefore, the past dominates the present; in Communist society, the present dominates the past.

The third and fourth segment discuss the different forms of Socialism in different countries and where does Communism stand among them. I found it edifying to read about the various types of Socialism namely, Reactionary, Conservative, and Critical-Utopian Socialism. The German or "True" Socialism under Reactionary Socialism was an interesting read.

Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children's factory labor in its present form. Combination of education with industrial production, etc., etc.

Overall, The Communist Manifesto is a good read. If are beginning with political ideologies and you wanna know about Communism in a brief time, then this is your book.

Verdict: A brief introduction to Communism!

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