In the century that followed since his death, Marx became the dominant intellectual force in the world. The Russian and Chinese (and many other) revolutions referred back to Marx. His influence can be found in every area of the human and social sciences from literary criticism to world economics. Reviled by some, revered by others, his ghost continues to haunt our world. In a recent BBC poll, Marx was declared Britain’s favourite philosopher.
In what has come to be regarded as the classic biography of Marx, David McLellan gives a clear and detailed account both of Marx’s chaotic, dramatic life and of his subtle and path-breaking thought. In this thoroughly revised and updated edition, McLellan has provided a wealth of bibliographical information for reference and further reading. Marx was nothing if not a global thinker and this classic biography is indispensable for anyone wishing to understand our contemporary world.
‘An authoritative and thorough re-creation of Marx’s life and thought – and the interaction between the two…undoubtedly the best one-volume biography of the great man in existence.’ – Sunday Times
‘It could be said that the biographers have only changed Marx in various ways; the point is to interpret him – and McLellan has filled a very real gap in doing this as fairly as he can…he has produced the most up-to-date, well-informed, reliable and sensible biography so far.’ – New Society