Engels

A Revolutionary Life

John Green

978-93-50022-24-5

Aakar Books, New Delhi, 2013

345 pages

Price INR 350.00
Book Club Price INR 262.00
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Like Che, Engels also came from a privileged background, but rejected middle-class privilege to devote himself to the struggle for the liberation of working people, for justice and socialism. As a young man, he fought in the hills of southern Germany with a small band of like-minded guerrillas. After defeat, he fled Prussian persecution to settle in Britain, where he spent the rest of his life. Instead of continuing his adventurous life as a full-time activist, he took on a double life in order to support his friend, Karl Marx. In the middle-class citadels of Manchester, he was known as a staid, honest and respectable businessman, but clandestinely he devoted himself to the struggle for socialism. His and Marx's ideas and his vision helped transform the 20th-century world and still resonate today. In this fascinating new biography, the icon Engels is given flesh and blood, bringing his life and times vibrantly alive.

John Green

John Green is a journalist, and former documentary film-maker and trade union official. He is also the author of the book Ken Sprague, People's Artist, about a modern day Quixotic communist artist.