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The Adventures of The Communist Manifesto

A new, definitive, translation of the Karl Marx and Frederick Engels' Communist Mannifesto by American socialist luminary, Hal Draper.

Few documents have had more of an impact on the course of history as has the Communist Manifesto. From its famous opening lines—"A specter is haunting Europe: the specter of Communism"—to its final rallying cry—"Workers of the world unite!"—the words of Marx and Engels have moved millions to join in the struggle against capitalism. But they have also inspired a legion of critics, detractors, and even a few despots to intentionally distort their meanings so as to sow confusion and justify untold horrors.

According to Hal Draper, these mis-readings have, in part, been made possible by the enduring prevalence of translations from the original German that fail to accurately capture the intended meaning of certain key phrases. In this magisterial volume, Draper assembles the original German text, the first English translation, the officially authorized English translation—providing enlightening commentary throughout—as well as his own new translation of the pamphlet.

Other books by Hal Draper

  • Berkeley

    • Send advance copies to the following publications: Jacobin, International Socialist Review, Socialist Worker, and more
    • Pitch bulk orders to DSA chapters and create study guide to accompany the book for discussion
  • Socialism From Below

    In exploring the question: "What do we mean by socialism?,” Hal Draper argues genuine liberation can be won only through self-emancipation.

Other books of interest

  • The Revolutionary Ideas of Karl Marx

    An accessible, enlightening, and compelling introduction to Karl Marx's ideas, with an emphasis on their enduring relevance.
  • On Changing the World

    Michael Löwy highlights the cultural, “spiritual,” and ethical dimensions of Marxist thought largely neglected by most of the existing literature.
  • The Communist Manifesto

    An authoritative introduction to history's most important political document, with the full text of the Manifesto.
  • From Marx to Gramsci

    Edited by Paul Le Blanc
    A comprehensive course in the contributions of key figures to the Marxist tradition.
  • A Reader's Guide to Marx's Capital

    Marx’s groundbreaking analysis of capitalism retains its relevance today. This book guides readers as they grapple with Marx’s masterpiece, Capital.