By Tristram Hunt
"Written with brio, heat, and old knowing, this is often the easiest biography of 1 of the main beautiful population of Victorian England, Marx's pal, companion, and political heir."―Eric Hobsbawm
Friedrich Engels is likely one of the such a lot interesting and contradictory figures of the 19th century. Born to a filthy rich mercantile kin, he spent his existence having fun with the cozy life of a Victorian gentleman; but he was once while the co-author of The Communist Manifesto, a ruthless political tactician, and the guy who sacrificed his top years in order that Karl Marx can have the liberty to write down. even if his contributions are often ignored, Engels's snatch of world capital supplied an fundamental beginning for communist doctrine, and his account of the commercial Revolution, The situation of the operating classification in England, continues to be probably the most haunting and brutal indictments of capitalism's human cost.
Drawing on a wealth of letters and documents, acclaimed historian Tristram Hunt plumbs Engels's highbrow legacy and exhibits us how one of many nice bon viveurs of Victorian Britain reconciled his exuberant own lifestyles along with his radical political philosophy. This epic tale of dedicated friendship, classification compromise, ideological fight, and kinfolk betrayal finally brings Engels out from the shadow of his recognized good friend and collaborator.