The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels (Paperback)
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The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels (Paperback)

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Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 29/04/2010
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Friedrich Engels is one of the most attractive and contradictory figures of the nineteenth century. Born to a prosperous mercantile family in west Germany, he spent his career working in the Manchester cotton industry, riding to the Cheshire hounds, and enjoying the comfortable, middle-class life of a Victorian gentleman. Yet Engels was also the co-founder of international communism - the philosophy which in the 20th century came to control one third of the human race. He was the co-author of The Communist Manifesto, a ruthless party tactician, and the man who sacrificed his best years so Karl Marx could write Das Kapital. Tristram Hunt relishes the diversity and exuberance of Engels's era: how one of the great bon viveurs of Victorian Britain reconciled his raucous personal life with this uncompromising political philosophy.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780141021409
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 343 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm


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Beautifully written and consistently engaging * Independent *
An excellent book ... Hunt has a mastery of 19th-century British culture and European political thought -- Robert Service * Sunday Times *
Thoughtful and engaging * Telegraph Review *

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“Endearing”

The paradox in the book is clear in the title. This is an account of Engels and is extremely funny, insightful and absorbing. Good on Tristam Hunt for focusing on the man often overshadowed by Marx.

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