The Best Books About And By Karl Marx

“What are the best books about Karl Marx and Marxism?” We looked at 229 of the top Books About Marx books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 22 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Karl Marx” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 200+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 22 Books About Karl Marx



22 .) Manifesto

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Originally published in German (as Manifest der kommunistischen Partei) just as the revolutions of 1848 began to erupt, the Manifesto has since been recognized as one of the world’s most influential political manuscripts. It presents an analytical approach to the class struggle (historical and present) and the problems of capitalism and the capitalist mode of production, rather than a prediction of Communism’s potential future forms. The Communist Manifesto contains Marx and Engels’ theories about the nature of society and politics, that in their own words, “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles”. It also briefly features their ideas for how the capitalist society of the time would eventually be replaced by socialism, and then finally Communism.



21 .) On the Jewish Question

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Karl Marx’s views on the Jews Question and Zionism…



20 .) Surveys from Exile

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19 .) The Class Struggles in France 1848–1850

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Marx’s first full application of historical materialism to an ongoing event. He analyzes the first sharp class conflict of capitalism and shows how the developing working class can lead other social strata to socialism.



18 .) The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

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The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte” is one of Karl Marx’ most profound and most brilliant monographs. It may be considered the best work extant on the philosophy of history. On the 18th Brumaire (Nov. 9th), the post-revolutionary development of affairs in France enabled the first Napoleon to take a step that led with inevitable certainty to the imperial throne. The circumstance that fifty and odd years later similar events aided his nephew, Louis Bonaparte, to take a similar step with a similar result, gives the name to this work-“The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte.



17 .) The First International and After

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16 .) The German Ideology

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Originally published by the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow in 1939. “The German Ideology” was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels circa 1846, but published later. The original edition was divided into thr 2011 Reprint of 1939 Edition. Parts I & III of “The German Ideology”. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition Software. Originally published by the Marx-Engels Institute in Moscow in 1939. “The German Ideology” was written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels circa 1846, but published later. The original edition was divided into three parts. Part I, the most significant, is perhaps the classic statement of the Marxist theory of history and his much cited “materialist conception of history”.



15 .) The Holy Family

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This is a challenging December for Martin Halsey, a New York talent agent. Catholic faith was a key source of insight for Martin as a young man. But when puzzlement overtook insight, he chose atheism and gave his full commitment to his true passions—his work and family. An acute tragedy, however, has caused Martin to reconsider his choice. In The Holy Family, Thanksgiving proceeds to Christmas as Martin revisits his evolution from belief to unbelief against the backdrop of his early faith, his marriage, career, and family, and a controversial painting of the Holy Family by his daughter Celia. In the face of deep loss, Martin struggles with the question: Do I renew my faith and accept its promises, or stand firm with the sensual, finite love of a world without God? Engaging and timely, The Holy Family ventures into contentious waters but transcends the shouting and welcomes the search.



14 .) The Marx-Engels Reader

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13 .) The Poverty of Philosophy

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The Poverty of Philosophy criticizes the economic and philosophical arguments of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon set forth in The System of Economic Contradictions, or The Philosophy of Poverty. Marx specifically accuses Proudhon of wanting to rise above the bourgeoisie. In the history of Marx’s thought and Marxism, this work is pivotal in the distinction between the Marxist concepts of utopian socialism and scientific socialism.



12 .) Theses on Feuerbach

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Nearly two years before his powerful Communist Manifesto, Marx (1818-1883) co-wrote The German Ideology in 1845 with friend and collaborator Friedrich Engels expounding a new political worldview, including positions on materialism, labor, production, alienation, the expansion of capitalism, class conflict, revolution, and eventually communism. They chart the course of “true” socialism based on Hegel’s dialectic, while criticizing the ideas of Bruno Bauer, Max Stirner and Ludwig Feuerbach. Marx expanded his criticism of the latter in his now famous Theses on Feuerbach, found after Marx’s death and published by Engels in 1888. Introduction to the Critique of Political Economy, also found among the posthumous papers of Marx, is a fragment of an introduction to his main works.



11 .) Wages, Price and Profit

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CONTENTS: Preliminary Production and Wages Production, Wages, Profits Wages and Currency Supply and Demand Wages and Prices Value and Labour Labouring Power Production of Surplus Value Value of Labour Profit Is Made by Selling a Commodity at its Value The Different Parts into Which Surplus Value Is Decomposed General Relation of Profits, Wages and Prices Main Cases of Attempts at Raising Wages or Resisting Their Fall The Struggle Between Capital and Labour and its Results Notes



10 .) A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy

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A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy (German: Kritik der Politischen Ökonomie) is a book by Karl Marx, first published in 1859. The book is mainly an analysis of capitalism, achieved by critiquing the writings of the leading theoretical exponents of capitalism at that time: these were the political economists, nowadays often referred to as the classical economists; Adam Smith (1723–90) and David Ricardo (1772–1823) are the foremost representatives of the genre. Much of the Critique was later incorporated by Marx into his magnum opus, Capital (Volume I), published in 1867; and the Critique is generally considered to be of secondary importance among Marx’s writings. This does not apply, however, to the Preface of the Critique. It contains the first connected account of one of Marx’s main theories: the economic interpretation of history. Briefly, this is the idea that economic factors – the way people produce the necessities of life – conditions the kind of politics and ideology a society can have.



9 .) Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation

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CALIBAN AND THE WITCH is a history of the body in the transition to capitalism. Moving from the peasant revolts of the late Middle Ages to the witch-hunts and the rise of mechanical philosophy, Federici investigates the capitalist rationalization of social reproduction. She shows how the battle against the rebel body and the conflict between body and mind are essential conditions for the development of labor power and self-ownership, two central principles of modern social organization.



8 .) Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right

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This book is a complete translation of Marx’s critical commentary on paragraphs 261-313 of Hegel’s major work in political theory. In this text Marx subjects Hegel’s doctrine on the internal constitution of the state to a lengthy analysis. It was Marx’s first attempt to expose & criticize Hegel’s philosophy in general & his political philosophy in particular. It also represents his early efforts to criticize existing political institutions & to clarify the relations between the political & economic aspects of society. The Critique provides textual evidence in support of the argument that Marx’s early writings don’t exhibit radically different doctrinal principles & theoretical & practical concerns from his later work. This edition also includes a translation of the introduction Marx wrote for his proposed revised version of the Critique which he never completed. In a substantial introduction, Prof. O’Malley provides valuable information on Marx’s intellectual development.



7 .) Das Kapital

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Das Kapital, Karl Marx’s seminal work, is the book that above all others formed the twentieth century. From Kapital sprung the economic and political systems that at one time dominated half the earth and for nearly a century kept the world on the brink of war. Even today, more than one billion Chinese citizens live under a regime that proclaims fealty to Marxist ideology. Yet this important tome has been passed over by many readers frustrated by Marx’s difficult style and his preoccupation with nineteenth-century events of little relevance to today’s reader. Here Serge Levitsky presents a revised version of Kapital, abridged to emphasize the political and philosophical core of Marx’s work while trimming away much that is now unimportant. Pointing out Marx’s many erroneous predictions about the development of capitalism, Levitsky’s introduction nevertheless argues for Kapital’s relevance as a prime example of a philosophy of economic determinism that “subordinates the problems of human freedom and human dignity to the issues of who should own the means of production and how wealth should be distributed.” Here then is a fresh and highly readable version of a work whose ideas provided inspiration for communist regimes’ ideological war against capitalism, a struggle that helped to shape the world today.



6 .) Economic & Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844

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Serving as the foundation for Marx’s indictment of capitalism is his extraordinary work titled Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts, written in 1844 but published nearly a century later. Here Marx offers his theory of human nature and an analysis of emerging capitalism’s degenerative impact on man’s sense of self and his creative potential. What is man’s true nature? How did capitalism gain such a foothold on Western society? What is alienation and how does it threaten to undermine the proletariat?



5 .) Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy

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Written during the winter of 1857-8, the Grundrisse was considered by Marx to be the first scientific elaboration of communist theory. A collection of seven notebooks on capital and money, it both develops the arguments outlined in the Communist Manifesto (1848) and explores the themes and theses that were to dominate his great later work Capital. Here, for the first time, Marx set out his own version of Hegel’s dialectics and developed his mature views on labour, surplus value and profit, offering many fresh insights into alienation, automation and the dangers of capitalist society. Yet while the theories in Grundrisse make it a vital precursor to Capital, it also provides invaluable descriptions of Marx’s wider-ranging philosophy, making it a unique insight into his beliefs and hopes for the foundation of a communist state.



4 .) The Civil War in France

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A reprint of the 1934 ‘enlarged edition’, a volume that added newly translated material to the title essay. It includes an introduction by Engels [Do you want to know that this dictatorship of the proletariat looks like? Then look at the Paris Commune. That was the dictatorship of the proletariat], Marx’s first and second ‘Manifesto On The Franco-Prussian War’, the correspondence of Marx & Engels on the Commune, and Engels’ ‘The Program of the Blanquist Fugitives from the Paris Commune’.



3 .) Value: The Representation of Labour in Capitalism

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This republication of a long out-of-print collection of essays, first published in 1979, focuses on the elusive concept of “value.” The field of study surrounding the theory of value remains comparatively sparse in Anglophone circles, and the essays here aim to answer the question, “Why is Marx’s theory of value important?”



2 .) Wage Labour and Capital

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Using WAGE LABOUR AND CAPITAL, Marx examined the ideas that were expressed in a very thorough economic framework and started to show an increased scientific rationale on his ideas of alienated labor, which in his perspective would eventually lead to the working class revolution. Marx also presented the distinct differences between labour and labour power and how the economic principles of supply and demand affected the pricing of certain commodities. Marx further explored how capital via capitalism to gain more of it.



1 .) Critique of the Gotha Program

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The 200+ Additional Best Books About Marxism



# Books Authors Lists
23 18 de Brumario Ranker
24 A Companion to Marx’s Capital, Volume 2 Verso Books
25 A People’s History of the United States List Muse
26 Alienation: Marx’s Conception of Man in Capitalist Society Bertell Ollman Questia
27
Analysis of the Political Conjuncture in the Neue Rheinische
Verso Books
28 Anarchism and Anarcho-syndicalism Ranker
29
Anarchism and Workers’ Self-Management in Revolutionary Spain
List Muse
30 Anarchism: From Theory to Practice List Muse
31 Anarcho-Syndicalism List Muse
32 Anarchy in Action List Muse
33 Caliban Verso Books
34 Capital in Manga Goodreads
35 Capital liv 4 vo 3 Ranker
36 Capital, The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings Karl Marx; Max Eastman Questia
37
Capital, Vol 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production
Goodreads
38
Capital: The Process of Capitalist Production as a Whole
Goodreads
39 Capital: The Process of Circulation of Capital Goodreads
40 Central Works of Philosophy John Shand Questia
41 Class Struggle in France, 1848-50 Ranker
42 Colonial Empires and Armies 1815-1960 List Muse
43 Colonialism and Neocolonialism List Muse
44 Companion To Marx’s Capital The Guardian
45
Conflicting Missions: Havana, Washington, and Africa, 1959-1976
List Muse
46 Confronting the Third World List Muse
47 Considerations on Western Marxism List Muse
48
Contesting Castro: The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution
List Muse
49 Correspondance, tome 12 Ranker
50 Debates on the Law on Thefts of Wood Verso Books
51 Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism List Muse
52 Development of Socialist Economic Thought List Muse
53 Dieciocho Brumario de Ranker
54 Discourse on Inequality List Muse
55 Early Writings Goodreads
56 El estilo literario de Marx Verso Books
57 Eleanor Mark Verso Books
58
Elementos Fundamentales Para La Critica de La Economia Politica 1
Ranker
59 Eleven Theses on Feuerbach Goodreads
60 Escape from Freedom List Muse
61 Escritos Sobre Espaa – Extractos de 1854 Ranker
62
Fanshen: A Documentary of Revolution in a Chinese Village
List Muse
63 Feuerbach Friedrich Engels Ranker
64 For Marx Verso Books
65
Forging Democracy: The History of the Left in Europe, 1850-2000
List Muse
66 Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology List Muse
67 From Marxism to Post-Marxism? List Muse
68 German Ideology Goodreads
69 Government in the Future List Muse
70 Grandes Fundamentos II, Los Ranker
71
Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society
List Muse
72 Guild Socialism Restated List Muse
73 Gulbata-damawazenā kāpitāl Ranker
74
Hidden From History: 300 Years of Women’s Oppression and the Fight Against It
List Muse
75 History and Class Consciousness List Muse
76 History of the Russian Revolution List Muse
77 Homage to Catalonia List Muse
78
How to Change the World: Reflections on Marx and Marxism
List Muse
79 Imperialism and War Marxist
80 Individualism Old and New List Muse
81 Introduccion a la Critica de La Economia Poli Ranker
82 Introduction to Marxist Economics Marxist
83
Introduction to Marxist Philosophy: Dialectical and Historical Materialism
Marxist
84 Kapital Manga Cilt:1 Goodreads
85 Kapital Manga Cilt:2 Goodreads
86 Karl Marx Isaiah Berlin Five Books
87 Karl Marx Francis Wheen The Guardian
88 Karl Marx Allen W. Wood Questia
89 Karl Marx Michael Evans Questia
90 Karl Marx and Prophetic Politics Neal Riemer Questia
91 Karl Marx and the Iroquois Verso Books
92 Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life Jonathan Sperber Five Books
93 Karl Marx: His Life and Thought David McLellan Five Books
94 Karl Marx’s Theory of History G. A. Cohen Five Books
95 L’idéologie allemande Ranker
96 La lutte des classes et le 18 brumaire Ranker
97
Labor and Monopoly Capital: The Degradation of Work in the Twentieth Century
List Muse
98
Land and Freedom: The MST, the Zapatistas and Peasant Alternatives to Neoliberalism
List Muse
99 Late Capitalism List Muse
100
Le dix-huit Brumaire de Louis-Napoléon Bonapart
Ranker
101 Lettres d’Alger et de la Côte d’Azur Ranker
102 Li Ta-Chao and the Origins of Chinese Marxism List Muse
103 Love and Capital Verso Books
104
Main Currents of Marxism: The Founders – The Golden Age – The Breakdown
List Muse
105 Makesi En’gesi shu xin lun zhe xue Ranker
106 Manuscrit 1857-1858, tome 1 Ranker
107 Manuscritos De Economia Y Filosofia Ranker
108 Marx : Oeuvres, tome 4 Ranker
109
Marx and Human Nature: Refutation of a Legend
Verso Books
110 Marx and Marxism Peter Worsley Questia
111 Marx and the Postmodernism Debates: An Agenda for Critical Theory Lorraine Y. Landry Questia
112 Marx and Wittgenstein: Knowledge, Morality, and Politics Gavin Kitching; Nigel Pleasants Questia
113
Marx for Our Times: Adventures and Misadventures of a Critique
Verso Books
114 Marx, Escritos de Juventud 1 Ranker
115 Marx’s Attempt to Leave Philosophy Daniel Brudney Questia
116 Marx’s notebooks on the history of technology Wikipedia
117 Marx’s Theory of the Transcendence of the State: A Reconstruction John F. Sitton Questia
118 Marx/Engels Collected Works Wikipedia
119 Marxism and Literature List Muse
120 Marxism and Philosophy List Muse
121 Marxism and the Oppression of Women Verso Books
122
Marxism and the state, anarchism, and reformism
Marxist
123
Marxism and U.S. history, dispelling basic misconceptions about Marxism, etc.
Marxist
124 Mathematical manuscripts of Karl Marx Wikipedia
125 Monopoly Capital List Muse
126
Monster of the Twentieth Century: Kotoku Shusui and Japan’s First Anti-Imperialist Movement
List Muse
127 Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution List Muse
128 Natural Causes: Essays in Ecological Marxism List Muse
129 Notes on James Mill Wikipedia
130 Oeuvres Vol. 2 Ranker
131 On colonialism Ranker
132 On Dialectical Materialism Ranker
133 On Freedom of the Press and Censorship Ranker
134 On the Paris Commune Ranker
135 One-Dimensional Man List Muse
136 Operai e capitale Mario Tronti Verso Books
137 Oulanem Wikipedia
138 Parecon: Life After Capitalism List Muse
139 Peasant Wars of the Twentieth Century List Muse
140 Pedagogy of the Oppressed List Muse
141 Philosophy and Revolution: From Kant to Marx Verso Books
142 Poemas Ranker
143 Political Investigations: Hegel, Marx, Arendt Robert Fine Questia
144
Poor People’s Movements: Why They Succeed, How They Fail
List Muse
145 Post-Scarcity Anarchism List Muse
146 Queering Anarchism List Muse
147 Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics List Muse
148 Reading Capital List Muse
149
Reclaiming Work: Beyond the Wage-based Society
List Muse
150 Reform or Revolution and Other Writings List Muse
151
Representing Capital: A Reading of Volume One
Verso Books
152 Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Germany Ranker
153 Revolution of Eighteen Forty-Eight Ranker
154 Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History List Muse
155 Roads to Freedom List Muse
156 Scorpion and Felix Wikipedia
157 Selected Writings Goodreads
158 Selections from the Prison Notebooks List Muse
159
Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism
List Muse
160 Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy List Muse
161 Socialism: Past and Future List Muse
162 Soledad del Hombre, La Ranker
163 State, Power, Socialism List Muse
164 Statism and Anarchy List Muse
165
Taking the Risk Out of Democracy: Corporate Propaganda versus Freedom and Liberty
List Muse
166 The ABCs of Marxism Marxist
167 The Anarchists List Muse
168
The Battle For Homestead, 1880-1892: Politics, Culture, and Steel
List Muse
169 The Belgian Massacres Wikipedia
170 The Class Struggle in the Ancient Greek World List Muse
171 The Communist Manifesto Goodreads
172 The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings Goodreads
173
The Communist Manifesto/Wages, Price and Profit
Goodreads
174 The Condition Of The Working Class in England Friedrich Engels The Guardian
175 The Conquest of Bread List Muse
176
The Difference Between the Democritean and Epicurean Philosophy of Nature
Wikipedia
177
The Eastern Mediterranean and the Making of Global Radicalism, 1860-1914
List Muse
178 The Eastern Question Ranker
179 The Economics of Feasible Socialism List Muse
180 The French Revolution: From its Origins to 1793 List Muse
181
The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time
List Muse
182 The Historical Origins of Class Society Marxist
183 The Industrial Worker, 1840-1860 List Muse
184 The Lives of Others Verso Books
185 The Making of the English Working Class List Muse
186 The Making of the West Joseph Conrad, Ranker
187
The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic
List Muse
188 The Mass Organizations of the Working Class Marxist
189
The Method of Freedom: An Errico Malatesta Reader
List Muse
190 The Motorcycle Diaries List Muse
191 The Nature of Capital: Marx after Foucault Richard Marsden Questia
192 The Nordic Model of Social Democracy List Muse
193 The Origins of Totalitarianism List Muse
194
The People’s Spring: The Future of the Arab Revolution
List Muse
195
The Philosophical Manifesto of the Historical School of Law
Wikipedia
196 The Portable Karl Marx Goodreads
197 The Postmodern Marx Terrell Carver Questia
198 The Power Elite List Muse
199
The Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe’s Twentieth Century
List Muse
200 The Revolution and the Civil War in Spain List Muse
201 The Revolution of Everyday Life List Muse
202 The Russian Anarchists List Muse
203 The Second Sex List Muse
204 The Society of the Spectacle List Muse
205 The Soul at Work: From Alienation to Autonomy List Muse
206
The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger
List Muse
207 The State and Revolution List Muse
208 The State in Capitalist Society List Muse
209 The Strategy of Refusal Verso Books
210 The Teachings of Karl Marx V. I. Lenin Questia
211 The Tradition Of Workers’ Control List Muse
212 The Transitional Method Marxist
213
The World Turned Upside Down: Radical Ideas During the English Revolution
List Muse
214 The Wretched of the Earth List Muse
215 The Young Karl Marx David Leopold Five Books
216 Theorien über den Mehrwert Ranker
217 Theories of Surplus Value Wikipedia
218 To the Finland Station List Muse
219 Towards an Unknown Marx: A Commentary on the Manuscripts of 1861-63 Yolanda Angulo; Enrique Dussel; Fred Moseley Questia
220
Two Cheers for Anarchism: Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play
List Muse
221 Understanding Class Verso Books
222 What About the Soviet Union? Marxist
223 What is Property? List Muse
224 What Then Must We Do? List Muse
225 Why Not Socialism? List Muse
226 Workers’ Councils List Muse
227 World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction List Muse
228 Zapata and the Mexican Revolution List Muse
229 Zi ben lun xuan du ben Ranker


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