Book review: Marx’s Capital Illustrated

Marx’s Capital was such a daunting read for me. I needed help with secondary sources and advice from my supervisors to get me through. It was worth doing, but it made me feel that in order to have Marxist theory more accessible to the public, then there needs to be secondary sources that is more digestable.

At my local book store I came across Marx’s Capital Illustrated by David Smith and Phil Evans. This book summarises the main concepts in Capital with humourous illustrations. The book covers the life of Karl Marx, the theories of labour and value, exploitation, alienation, commodity fetishism, historical materialism, and overproduction. The book also discusses contemporary society’s relationship with capitalism and how Marxism remains relevant.

I think this book fits very well for those wishing to understand the basic principles of Marxist economics/philosophy without taking on the demanding work of reading Capital. Its summaries of the concepts are still rather complex, but far more digestable and understandable than other introductory sources I have read. From this, I would say early to middle high school age would be a reasonable age to comprehend the book. Hence, for those with high school students interested in political philosophy, I think this would be a great read for an introduction to Marxist theory.

If you would like to purchase this book, the Amazon link is available below:

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Andrew Tulloch

I have a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Philosophy and Sociology, with a Political Science minor. I am currently completing my honours degree in Philosophy.

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