How to Change the World
Reflections on Marx and Marxism
By Eric Hobsbawm
(Yale University Press, Paperback, 9780300188202, 480pp.)
Publication Date: October 2012
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"Hobsbawm has lived through so much of the political turbulence he portrays that it is easy to fantasize that History itself is speaking here, in its wry, all-seeing, dispassionate wisdom. It is hard to think of a critic of Marxism who can address his or her own beliefs with such honesty and equipoise."—Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books
"[T]his collection shows [Hobsbawm] is a brilliant writer, erudite critic and, as he approaches his 94th birthday, a joyfully unrepentant communist. . . . [How to Change the World] is a book anyone interested in politics could and should devour. It is charmingly optimistic and constantly lucid, and contains the distilled wisdom of a great thinker, thinking about a great thinker." Amol Rajan, Independent
"This is a book of serious ideas, not of politics."— Ben Wilson, Daily Telegraph
“Hobsbawm… is as clear and trenchant as ever in How to Change the World.”—Bookforum