Often referred to but rarely read, The Communist Manifesto is one of the great documents of world history. Written by Marx and Engels and published in London in 1848 (in German originally) it presented a totally different view of social and political organisation, as revolutionary as Darwin's On the Origin of Species. The Manifesto's effect on world politics was incalculable, but though it might seem to have been discredited by the late 20th century, it remains an ideology which, in many ways, can be admired; it certainly benefits study. Short, accessible and extremely powerful in its argument, it should be read by everyone. This is the single most important political document of the past 1000 years. This recording also includes key sentences from the main works of Marx and Engels. 'The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.' - Karl Marx.