Karl Marx

About the book

Philosopher, economist, political theorist and revolutionary, Karl Marx is one of the most legendary, influential thinkers of all time. His work changed the course of history and continues to impact upon people and governments across the globe. But who was this extraordinary man and what made him tick? Who the Hell is Karl Marx? traces the life and times of this great thinker, and then takes a deep dive into three of his key ideas – class struggle, capitalism and communism. Written in an engaging and easy-to-read way, this book will tell you all you need to know about Marx while showing you how his powerful and original ideas continue to be as vital and relevant to political debate today as they were in his own time.

Chapter 1: Marx's Life Story

Chapter 2: Influences on Marx's Thinking

Chapter 3: History as the Story of Class Warfare
This chapter takes the reader through Marx's concept of a divided nation, looking at his controversial Communist Manifesto and the impact this had as revolutionary events began to flare up across the continent of Europe.

Chapter 4: Capitalism and Crisis
This chapter details Marx's journey in discovering the inner workings of capitalism, the relationship of labour to commodities, the resulting crisis of overproduction and its dire consequences for society as a whole.

Chapter 5: The Fight for Socialism
Charting Marx's vision for a fairer society, this chapter explains how Marx considered socialism to be the first stage in a dynamic process of forward movement in human history. 

About the author

Manus McGrogan is a historian who has written widely on the events of May 1968 in France and their legacy, as well as the global radical movements of the 1960s and 70s. His interest in Marx stems from socialist and antiwar activism. A languages and history lecturer, McGrogan has also taught in both secondary and higher education, most recently at the Universities of Portsmouth and Sussex, UK. Originally from Belfast, N. Ireland, he has lived in Brighton since 1983.