By Tristram Hunt
"Written with brio, heat, and ancient figuring out, this is often the easiest biography of 1 of the main appealing population of Victorian England, Marx's pal, accomplice, and political heir."―Eric Hobsbawm
Friedrich Engels is likely one of the so much exciting and contradictory figures of the 19th century. Born to a filthy rich mercantile family members, he spent his existence having fun with the cozy lifestyles of a Victorian gentleman; but he was once whilst the co-author of The Communist Manifesto, a ruthless political tactician, and the guy who sacrificed his most sensible years in order that Karl Marx may have the liberty to jot down. even though his contributions are usually missed, Engels's seize of world capital supplied an integral starting place for communist doctrine, and his account of the economic Revolution, The situation of the operating type in England, is still some of the most haunting and brutal indictments of capitalism's human cost.
Drawing on a wealth of letters and files, 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 existence along with his radical political philosophy. This epic tale of dedicated friendship, category compromise, ideological fight, and relations betrayal finally brings Engels out from the shadow of his recognized buddy and collaborator.