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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Eric Hobsbawm is professor emeritus, department of history, classics and archaeology, and president, Birkbeck University of London. He lives in London.
"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