The best books on love and capitalism

The Books I Picked & Why

A People's Guide to Capitalism: An Introduction to Marxist Economics

By Hadas Thier

A People's Guide to Capitalism: An Introduction to Marxist Economics

Why this book?

A People’s Guide is just a lively, accessible, and up-to-date guide to the basics of capitalism. Hadas Thier explains complex ideas in a simple and engaging way with excellent day-to-day examples. It’s economics for those who want to understand and dismantle the world of the 1%. And it’s written not from an academic but from an activist viewpoint.


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Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution

By Mary Gabriel

Love and Capital: Karl and Jenny Marx and the Birth of a Revolution

Why this book?

It’s a page-turner, taking us through the lives and tribulations of Karl Marx’s wife, Jenny, and her daughters, in living and working with the world’s most well-known revolutionary. It’s a rare glimpse into the human side of the formidable critic of capitalism showing him as a devoted father and husband. And above all, the book opens us up to the important but forgotten role of Jenny in the romance of revolutionary change in the mid-19th century.


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Marx's Das Kapital: A Biography

By Francis Wheen

Marx's Das Kapital: A Biography

Why this book?

Francis Wheen is a witty journalist who has written a short but revealing biography of Karl Marx. And in this book, he explains in no more than 100 pages, how Marx came to write his masterpiece, Das Kapital. He shows why Marx’s great treatise deserves to be read and understood.


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Henryk Grossman and the Recovery of Marxism

By Rick Kuhn

Henryk Grossman and the Recovery of Marxism

Why this book?

Rick Kuhn’s book brings to our attention the ideas of the most important Marxist economist of the 20th century, previously forgotten and ignored. A Polish Jew and Communist, Grossman revives Marx’s economic theory in a clear fashion after the misunderstandings and distortions of Marx’s epigones. Grossman’s ideas, written in the 1920s and 1930s, are still relevant 100 years later.


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The Life and Thought of Friedrich Engels: A Reinterpretation

By J. D. Hunley

The Life and Thought of Friedrich Engels: A Reinterpretation

Why this book?

Friedrich Engels is my hero. Coming from a wealthy German family of factory owners, he became Marx’s life-long friend. He was a Communist before Marx but gave up his own theoretical contributions for 20 years and instead worked for his family firm in order to support Marx and his family financially, so that Marx could write Das Kapital. And yet his own works were considerable and valuable in explaining socialist ideas. A bon viveur and sociable to a fault, Engels was the epitome of the connection between humanity and socialism. Unlikely as it seems, JD Hunley was Deputy Commander of Training in the US Air Force, and yet delivers a short and extremely erudite account of Engels’ life and works.


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