Books: Marx's Engels

FRIEDRICH EXCELS—Gustav Mayer— Knopf ($3.50).

The two famed dead men of whom present-day Germany is least proud are Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Though in Naziland their names are a byword and a hissing, they are revered by radicals the world over. Marx, the Holy Ghost of the Soviet Trinity, author of Capital and the Communist Manifesto, is now a familiar spook even to men-in-the-street, but few newspaper readers have ever encountered the shade of Engels. Until Gustav Mayer's German life of Engels was last week translated into English, there was no biography...

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