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

Marx's General: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels

By Tristram Hunt; Metropolitan Books; 448 pages

Friedrich Engels, the son of a comfortable German family in the textile business who had been sent to work in Manchester, was just 24 when he wrote The Condition of the Working Class in England--a brilliant book whose subject would provide the factual underpinning to the analysis of capitalism that Engels and his friend Karl Marx later produced. Hunt, a British historian, details the way Marxism would not have been possible without Engels, an unlikely revolutionary who worked for years as a high-living, foxhunting capitalist to...

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