The Enigma of Capital (Paperback)

And the Crises of Capitalism

David Harvey

Radical sociologist David Harvey explains how capitalism came to dominate the world, why it resulted in the current financial crisis - and why it's time for a change

For three centuries the capitalist system has shaped western society, informed its rulers, and conditioned the lives of its people. Has the time come to move beyond it?

Using his unrivalled knowledge of the subject, Harvey lays bare the follies of the international financial system, looking at the nature of capitalism, how it works and why sometimes it doesn't. He examines the vast flows of money that surge round the world in daily volumes well in excess of the sum of all its economies. He looks at the cycles of boom and bust in the world's housing and stock markets and shows that periodic episodes of meltdown are not only inevitable in the capitalist system but essential to its survival. The Enigma of Capital is a timely call-to-arms for the end of the capitalism, and makes a compelling case for a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that could be responsible, just and humane

Publication date: 14/04/2011

£9.99

ISBN: 9781846683091

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Current Affairs, Philosophy & Ideas, Politics & Economics

The Enigma of Capital (Ebook)

And the Crises of Capitalism

David Harvey

Radical sociologist David Harvey explains how capitalism came to dominate the world, why it resulted in the current financial crisis - and why it's time for a change

For three centuries the capitalist system has shaped western society, informed its rulers, and conditioned the lives of its people. Has the time come to move beyond it?

Using his unrivalled knowledge of the subject, Harvey lays bare the follies of the international financial system, looking at the nature of capitalism, how it works and why sometimes it doesn't. He examines the vast flows of money that surge round the world in daily volumes well in excess of the sum of all its economies. He looks at the cycles of boom and bust in the world's housing and stock markets and shows that periodic episodes of meltdown are not only inevitable in the capitalist system but essential to its survival. The Enigma of Capital is a timely call-to-arms for the end of the capitalism, and makes a compelling case for a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that could be responsible, just and humane

Publication date: 21/04/2011

£8.99

ISBN: 9781847652010

ISBN 10 / ASIN: B004V9OAH0

Imprint: Profile Books

Subject: Current Affairs, Philosophy & Ideas, Politics & Economics

Reviews for The Enigma of Capital

'A lucid and penetrating account of how the power of capital shapes our world'

Andrew Gamble Independent - Book of the Week

'A well-timed call for the overthrow of capitalism ... elegant ... entertainingly swashbuckling'

John Gapper Financial Times

David Harvey

David Harvey

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate School. His course on Marx's Capital, developed with students over thirty years, has been downloaded by over two million people. His book The Enigma of Capital (9781846683091) was published by Profile and has been translated into twelve languages. His latest book is The Ways of the World.
Follow David Harvey on Twitter: @profdavidharvey

'David Harvey provoked a revolution in his field and has inspired a generation of radical intellectuals' – Naomi Klein

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