Christina posted a review at 2010-11-23 08:06:08.
Like most people (I hope), I read this book in order to understand how so many people could be duped into following such a flawed and destructive political/economic philosophy. Marx hardly ever makes any sense to me in this book, but I can see how some people would be attracted to his resolve to "fight the power," so to speak. He explains the distinction, in his mind, between socialism and communism, but, it's clear from this book that the two philosophies share a great deal in common.
I'm glad I read this book because of its historical importance but I gave it one star because I can't help but think of all the millions of victims of communism. It's hard to get your head around all the suffering caused by communism - mass starvations in China and other countries; millions of political prisoners in China, the Soviet Union, Cuba, Vietmam, North Korea, and Eastern Europe; and millions murdered for not appreciating "the greater good." While Marx may not have foreseen all the misery that would emanate from communism, he lays out a political philosophy that is based on coercion and aggression. His naive passion for his cause helped to make communism such a powerful and evil force in so many parts of the world.