Capital Vol 1

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Penguin Books Limited, 1990 - Business & Economics - 1152 pages
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One of the most notorious works of modern times, as well as one of the most influential, Capital is an incisive critique of private property and the social relations it generates. Living in exile in England, where this work was largely written, Marx drew on a wide-ranging knowledge of its society to support his analysis and generate fresh insights. Arguing that capitalism would create an ever-increasing division in wealth and welfare, he predicted its abolition and replacement by a system with common ownership of the means of production. Capital rapidly acquired readership among the leaders of social democratic parties, particularly in Russia and Germany, and ultimately throughout the world, to become a work described by Marx’s friend and collaborator Friedrich Engels as ‘the Bible of the Working Class’

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It is a crime that no matter how hard one searches there is NO hardcover edition of this book available, but only these very flimsy editions that turn yellow and brittle in no time. I need a copy of this book that I can use heavily without it falling apart as all penguins and vintage pb's do. Help anybody? 

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I give this book 3 stars - 5 stars for the original author's book, but 1 star for this typo-filled, poor translation with a long Trotskyite introduction. They should have spent more time on typos and translation than interpretation. For example, look on page 511
Mr. Baynes, of Blackburn, in a lecture published in 1858, estimates that "each real mechanical horse-power [25] will drive 450 self-acting mule spindles, with preparation, or 220 throstle spindles, or 15 looms for 40 inch cloth with the appliances for warping, sizing, &c."
Every other translation of Capital says 200 throstle spindles, not 220. And 220 throstle spindles doesn't even make any sense. This particular version of Capital is full of errors and typos like that.
 

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Date: 2013-08-06

Charles Darwinwas born on February 12, 1809 in Shropshire, England. He was educated at Edinburgh University and Christ's College, Cambridge. Between 1831 and 1836 he travelled in South America aboard the H.M.S Beagle to explore the geology and natural history of the area, and published his journal of findings in 1839. His most famous book On the Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection, appeared in 1859 and is arguably one of the most important scientific works ever published. The theories of evolution and natural selection proposed in this book and The Descent of Man(1871) are still the subject of intense debate and scrutiny today. Charles Darwin died on 19 April, 1882 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Karl Marxwas born in 1818 in Trier, Prussia. While attending university in Berlin he was influenced by the ideas of the philosopher Hegel and his critics, the Young Hegelians, but Marx eventually rejected both schools of thought. He quickly earned the reputation of a revolutionary and left Germany for Paris, where he met his lifelong friend and collaborator, Friedrich Engels. Together they wrote and published The Communist Manifesto, which was published in 1848, just before the first wave of revolutions in France. Marx returned to Germany but his radical activities led to expulsion, whereupon he moved to Lon