What are the best Socialist classics?

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    #1Capital: A Critique of Political Economy

    Capital: A Critique of Political Economy

    Capital: A Critique of Political Economy is a book by Karl Marx criticizing the harsh effects of capitalism, particularly its role in widening the divide between the rich and the poor. It became the core of the socialist movement.

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    Tyler Olson
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "My brother is a high school teacher and is interested in many things involving socialism and politics. I wanted to find him the best Socialist classic book for him to read over spring break. I did some digging and recently came across "Capital: A Critique of Political Economy" by Karl Marx. After flipping through the book myself, I must say that I am completely blown away and impressed. A classic book written by one of the greatest minds it is definitely a winner. "
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    #2The Communist Manifesto

    The Communist Manifesto
    The Communist Manifesto is an influential political document written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels originally published in 1848. This work summarises the authors' theories about the nature of society and politics, considered as a continuous class struggle.
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    Robert Schmidt
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "I had to read this for an economics class and thought it would be boring, but I was surprised. It is true that you have to get through some dry language, but the ideas are really interesting and it was surprisingly readable. The Penguin edition really helps because it has a big introduction and notes that are very helpful for a contemporary reader."
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    #3The German Ideology

    The German Ideology

    The German Ideology is a socialist book written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels examining the effects of materialism, capitalism, class conflict and communism. It also has theses criticizing Bruno Bauer and Ludwig Feuerbach.

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    Keith Newman
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "This isn't the best class to take for it but it is okay. You may enjoy it either way."
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    #4The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State

    The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State

    The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State is a book by Frederick Engels examining the origins of how the concept of family, property, and the state were made based on notes written by Karl Marx and Lewis Morgan.

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    Andrea Kelley
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "This is a really good book to read but this print is awful. Find a different one so you can actually read it."
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    #5The Condition of the Working Class in England

    The Condition of the Working Class in England

    The Condition of the Working Class in England is a book by Friedrich Engels detailing the lives of workers during the Industrial Revolution. It depicts the poor working conditions of miners, factory workers, prostitutes, and child laborers.

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    Benjamin Harper
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "This novel set during the industrial revolution in England is a timeless classic. The themes here are still one-hundred percent relevant today. Anyone curious about what life was like back then should certainly check this out."
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    #6The Revolution Betrayed

    The Revolution Betrayed
    The Revolution Betrayed is a book by Leon Trotsky criticizing the policies enforced by Josef Stalin and his government after the death of Vladimir Lenin. Using facts, Trotsky proves that Stalinism is a betrayal to the October Revolution.
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    Ralph Lynch
    Written on March 5, 2018
    "The Revolution Betrayed is a classic by Leon Trotsky is on the required reading list. It is really difficult to understand. I'm plodding through it, but really need a Cliff Notes version because I don't get itl"
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    #7Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

    Socialism: Utopian and Scientific

    Socialism: Utopian and Scientific is a book by Frederick Engels depicting socialism not as a doctrine but as a movement by the working class to bring down large-scale capitalism and its harsh effects on the working class.

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    Ann Howard
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "I really enjoy this book for it's socialist aspects. It's a good read for anyone that really wants to know our world's history."
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    #8The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a novel by Robert Tressell about Owen, who influenced a group of workers to make them think and act against the greed and dishonesty of capitalist people ruling the land.

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    Teresa Reid
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "A classic book providing insight into the way people lived long ago. Blue collared worker who had to fight for the good life against the greedy and dishonest people above. Very emotional and sensitive read. "
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    #9Desiring China

    Desiring China

    Desiring China: Experiments in Neoliberalism, Sexuality, and Public Culture is a nonfiction book by Lisa Rofel. It contains a study which focuses on gauging China's attempt to fit into the post-socialist era modern world. It was published in 2007.

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    #10Man, Economy, and State

    Man, Economy, and State

    Man, Economy, and State is a book by Murray N. Rothbard examining welfare economics, antitrust, labor, taxation, public goods, and social insurance schemes in the view of an Austrian. It comes with insights on statistics and money supply.

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    Jacqueline Brewer
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "I would add the word book to the topic so it says socialist classic books. when I clicked on the solution my eyes went directly to the image because I was unsure of what the product was. Then i am like are they selling a book or a tshirt because one of the pictures looks like it is on a tshirt. I like the description man economy and state. it is definetly a book that expalins a lot and a book that gets you thinking. "
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    #11The Mayor of Casterbridge

    The Mayor of Casterbridge

    The Mayor of Casterbridge is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which follows Michael Henchard's life after he sold his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a country fair. 

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    Frank Schmidt
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "It is pretty decent solution for this topic"
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    #12Anarchy, State, and Utopia

    Anarchy, State, and Utopia
    Anarchy, State, and Utopia is a philosophical book by Robert Nozick examining the popular political ideologies of the 1970s: liberal, socialist, and conservative. The book won the 1975 National Book award.
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    Melissa Guzman
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Robert Nozick thought too much of anarchy and not enough about Utopia.Too much anarchy always leads to too much government."
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    #13Liberty Defined

    Liberty Defined

    Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues That Affect Our Freedom is a book by Ron Paul examining the deeper meaning of the word freedom and determining if the people are truly free by looking at 50 divisive issues.

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    Megan Spencer
    Written on March 9, 2018
    "Liberty Defined examines the meaning of freedom. It may be of interest to those looking to read more about Socialism."
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    #14The Green House

    The Green House

    The Green House is a philosophical and socially-investigative novel written by the famous Peruvian writer Mario Vargas LLosa. It was first released as La casa verde in 1968. It is about the divide between savagery and civilization.

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    Judy Andrews
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Green House is a classic socialist novel and invokes both love and hate in the pages. I enjoyed reading it, although it was sort of hard to get into the subject due to the author's style. The subject is good and keeps your interest once you get going. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy something a little different than your average romance book."
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    #15Fidel and Che

    Fidel and Che

    Fidel and Che: A Revolutionary Friendship is a historical book written by Simon Reid-Henry. It was originally released in 2009. It is about two of the most iconic figures in modern history: Che Guevara and Fidel Castro.

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    Norma Vargas
    Written on April 18, 2018
    " Che Guevara was one of the great enigmas of the 20th century. He also had, in death, a cult following. Perhaps some of this was due to the famous photo of him staring into the distance with long hair poking from beneath his beret. Is there a more reproduced photo in history? Yet for all his charisma, Che was a dogmatic relentless individual. He grew up in comparative comfort in Buenos Aires where he graduated a medical doctor. However, this was never to be his calling in life. He began travelling widely in Latin America whereupon he met Fidel Castro in Mexico. They became friends and brothers in arms and Che accompanied Fidel on the "Granma" to launch the Cuban Revolution. Upon victory, he was given various ministerial postings. Being a bureaucrat was never to Che's liking. He longed to spread the revolution elsewhere in the third world. He tried first in the Congo without success and then travelled to Bolivia where he ultimately met his death. In this regard he was a naïve dreamer. But he was more than just a dreamer. He was a man who would brook no opposition. He would kill with impunity if he thought it to be in the interest of the cause. Let us never think of Che as just a heroic figure. Like most people placed on pedestals, he had feet of clay"

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Best What are the best Socialist classics
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Capital: A Critique of Political EconomyBooks 16 Paid
2The Communist ManifestoBooks 13 Paid
3The German IdeologyBooks 12 Paid
4The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the StateBooks 8 Paid
5The Condition of the Working Class in EnglandBooks 7 Paid
6The Revolution BetrayedBooks 5 Paid
7Socialism: Utopian and ScientificBooks 3 Paid
8The Ragged Trousered PhilanthropistsBooks 1 Paid
9Desiring ChinaBooks 0 Paid
10Man, Economy, and StateBooks 0 Paid
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