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Raising the bar for biographical writing: Marxist Left Review looks at “Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society”

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Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society: The Life of Marx and the Development of His Work (Volume I: 1818-1841)
390 pp, $34 cloth, ISBN 978-1-58367-735-3
By Michael Heinrich, translated by Alexander Locascio

Reviewed by Darren Rosso

“Michael Heinrich has raised the standards of biographical writing with Karl Marx and the Birth of Modern Society. In content and scope, it is an unparalleled work of scholarship. It makes Marx relevant to our understanding of capitalist society, while cutting down the overgrown myths about him. It confronts those sworn enemies of Marx’s thought with the weapons of critique. It will challenge the ways avid readers of Marx think about the meaning his times, concepts and ideas have for the present….”

Read the review at Marxist Left Review (# 18, Winter 2019)

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