Written in 1848, it tells of a very different world than the one we now (2012) live in.
I found that, although heavily flawed (the dissolution of the family, for instance - Pol Pott tried that one with horrendous results), there were still a few gems of insight to be found.
I was amazed, while reading this, at how much time he uses to "bad mouth" other opposition (usually socialist) movements.
I'm pleased to see, from previous posts, that Marx still, after all this time, has the power to illicit strong reactions.
On the subject of earlier reviews, I'm at a loss as to why reviewers such as "Elliot", "Leslie" and "Jovian" find this pamphlet to be boring. What were they expecting - car chases and buxom blonds?
And as to "Elliot's" statement about the deaths of tens of millions, true, but I can point the same finger at just about every other method of human philosophy/organisation (for example - over 100,000 dead in Iraq, a similar number in Afghanistan, and the there was Vietnam and well I could go on and on).
And as for "Mickey Mouse" (suitable user name), no, not everyone is greedy. I think what he's trying to get at is that some are born to be alpha (as in alpha-male and alpha-female), such people are greedy (for power/control as well as for things), but they are not, in my understanding, in the majority. And it is the question "what to do about such people (if anything)" that much of political thought is about.