By Tristram Hunt
"Written with brio, heat, and ancient realizing, this is often the easiest biography of 1 of the main appealing population of Victorian England, Marx's buddy, companion, and political heir."—Eric Hobsbawm
Friedrich Engels is without doubt one of the so much exciting and contradictory figures of the 19th century. Born to a wealthy mercantile kin, he spent his lifestyles having fun with the cozy life of a Victorian gentleman; but he used to be even as 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 write down. even supposing his contributions are usually missed, Engels's grab of worldwide capital supplied an vital beginning for communist doctrine, and his account of the commercial Revolution, The situation of the operating classification in England, continues to be some of the most haunting and brutal indictments of capitalism's human cost.
Drawing on a wealth of letters and information, acclaimed historian Tristram Hunt plumbs Engels's highbrow legacy and indicates us how one of many nice bon viveurs of Victorian Britain reconciled his exuberant own existence together with his radical political philosophy. This epic tale of dedicated friendship, category compromise, ideological fight, and relatives betrayal finally brings Engels out from the shadow of his recognized good friend and collaborator.