this isn't a book of testament telling you how to live your life and offering insight to life beyond death. it isnt a be good or else message from god almighty. it is a book written by man to help people overcome their miserable existance in life up till that point. if it wasnt for this book all us working folk would have no unions to protect us (although i will admit they make things rather difficult at times!) this book will change your life not by making you a communist but by realizing that some of our practices in a dog eat dog capitalist society can be rectified by following some of the guidlines laid out in the communist manifesto. communist societies would have worked had they only stuck to the plan laid out in the communist manifesto, alas human nature must rear its ugly head at the most unpredictable times.