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Karl Marx: A Nineteenth Century Life by Jonathan Sperber (Norton, £25)

Whether you believe he is the man who predicted the financial crisis or the antichrist behind Obamacare, most of us view Karl Marx through the prism of our own time. After the collapse of Lehman Brothers you could buy a t-shirt emblazoned with his iconic image proclaiming, “I told you so.” Jonathan Sperber, a scholar…

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