Marx's General: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels by Tristram Hunt

By Tristram Hunt

"Written with brio, heat, and historic knowing, this is often the easiest biography of 1 of the main beautiful population of Victorian England, Marx's good friend, accomplice, and political heir."—Eric Hobsbawm

Friedrich Engels is among the such a lot fascinating and contradictory figures of the 19th century. Born to a wealthy mercantile family members, he spent his lifestyles having fun with the cozy lifestyles of a Victorian gentleman; but he was once while the co-author of The Communist Manifesto, a ruthless political tactician, and the fellow who sacrificed his top years in order that Karl Marx can have the liberty to put in writing. even though his contributions are usually neglected, Engels's grab of world capital supplied an integral beginning for communist doctrine, and his account of the commercial Revolution, The situation of the operating type in England, continues to be essentially the most haunting and brutal indictments of capitalism's human cost.

Drawing on a wealth of letters and data, acclaimed historian Tristram Hunt plumbs Engels's highbrow legacy and exhibits us how one of many nice bon viveurs of Victorian Britain reconciled his exuberant own existence together with his radical political philosophy. This epic tale of dedicated friendship, category compromise, ideological fight, and kinfolk betrayal finally brings Engels out from the shadow of his recognized buddy and collaborator.

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