First published in 1985, Thomas Sowellâ€™s book is a crisp, lucid and commonsensical introduction to Marxâ€™s own writings and to Marxist theory. It combines readability with intellectual rigour and distils more than a quarter of a century of Thomas Sowellâ€™s research and thought on the philosophical and economic doctrines of Karl Marx. Its central theme is that Marxian philosophy must be understood before Marxian economics can be defined. The book discusses Marxâ€™s ideas, including his philosophy of history, concept of capitalist "exploitation", morality and business cycle theory. The authorâ€™s treatment is balanced, though often critical and displays a mastery of Marxâ€™s own writings which are liberally extracted throughout the text.