A well-documented, decidedly unflattering biography of the ""proletarian dictator"", Karl Marx, and a derogatory interpretation of his economic philosophy. Here is his ambitious Prussian father, his dreamy, thoughtful childhood in Trier, his college days in Bonn and later Berlin as a spendthrift and intellectual bohemian. He made a name for himself in academic circles as an atheist and Hegelian, and after graduation launched a career of writing and agitation which took him in exile to Paris, Cologne, Brussels, London, Berlin. With Engels he created the Communist Party, wrote its literature, fought to transform the bourgois revolutions of the mid-nineteenth century into proletarian revolutions, and as his life work he produced Das Kapital. This is an extensive work which sketches in the temper of the time but which belittles the man to a degree incongruous with his historical influence.