Leszek Kołakowski : Main Currents of Marxism
Leszek Kołakowski ( Polish pronunciation: [ˈlɛʂɛk kɔwaˈkɔfskʲi]; October 23, 1927 – July 17, 2009 ) was a Polish philosopher and historian of ideas.
He is best known for his critical analyses of Marxist thought, especially his acclaimed three-volume history, Main Currents of Marxism, which is " considered by some to be one of the most important books on political theory of the 20th century.
" The three volumes progress chronologically from Karl Marx's lifetime to the years after Stalin's death.
The third volume looks at what happened to Marxism in the twentieth century and makes a particular example of the career of Georg Lukacs - " Kolakowski does an even better job than Isaiah Berlin of showing how Marxism affected everything at the mental level."