To say that Karl Marx was l’enfant terrible when growing up in early 19th century Prussia in a well-to-do Jewish merchant family might be putting it mildly. While it might have been in his best interests to conform to the social norms of the day by following the wishes of his parents in choosing a safe career, he opted for a life of “aimlessly shuffling between cities” at home and abroad in search of fame,fortune and a political following based on an embryonic expectation that the world was ripe for a proletariat revolution, if Hegel was to be believed. In the end, he would have to leave Germany and seek his livelihood as a writer, philosopher and political prophet in England – a country leading the way in industrialization – all the time being supported by the avails of others like Engels. This work presents a very balanced and thorough examination of the man’s philosophy, the revolutionary tenor of the times, his relations with family and friends, and his key writings on the evolution of communism. Over all, the reader might get the impression that Marx was forever pump-priming his concept of the revolution so that it would happen in his lifetime. This fanatical sell-out to an idea created a double-edged reality: he intensely disliked people who disagreed with him and he subjected his family to abject poverty in order to devote himself to defining the proletariat cause. Marx is one of those big- brain bohemian characters who used the power of the pen to draw public attention to the tyranny of the age and its growing unrest. For this behemoth of a thinker – masterful in analysis and debate – he was definitely a prophet without a country and before his time who laid the ideological foundation for the 1918 Bolshevik uprising in Russia.