A Companion to Marx's Capital, Volume 2

The definitive guide to the second volume of Capital
The biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression shows no sign of ending, and Marx's work remains key to any attempt to understand the ebb and flow of capitalist economies. For nearly forty years, David Harvey has written and lectured on Capital, becoming one of the world's foremost Marx scholars.

Based on his recent lectures, and following the success of his companion to the first volume of Capital, Harvey turns his attention to Volume 2, aiming to bring his depth of learning to a broader audience, guiding first-time readers through a fascinating and often-neglected text. Whereas Volume 1 focuses on production, Volume 2 looks at how value comes into being through the buying and selling of goods. Harvey also introduces elements from Volume 3 on credit and finance to help illustrate aspects of the contemporary crisis.

This is a must-read for anyone wanting a fuller understanding of Marx's political economy. David Harvey's video lecture course on Marx's Capital can be found here.


  • “Without a doubt one of the two best companions to Marx’s Capital.”
  • “No short review can do justice to this outstanding book ... Essential.”


  • Economics Undergraduate Reading List: 50% off!

    All the books on this list are 50% off until Tuesday 8th September as part of our Back to University/Back to School sale. See all the books included in the sale here.

    Remember kids! "Capital is dead labour, that, vampire-like, only lives by sucking living labour, and lives the more, the more labour it sucks." Get ready to go back to school by reading Verso's Economics 101 syllabus. 

    Companion to Marx’s Capital Volume 1 & Volume 2
    By David Harvey

    This is a must-read for anyone wanting a fuller understanding of Marx's political economy.

    “No short review can do justice to this outstanding book ... Essential.”
    – Michael Perelman, Choice

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    The sun is finally shining, we're in a good mood, and hopefully you are too!

    With that in mind, we're having a one-day 90% off flash sale on ALL our ebooks - meaning that you can download some for only £1 / $1! 

    UPDATE: you were all so enthusiastic and nice that our website crashed horrendously earlier today (Thursday) from a massive surge in traffic. In light of this, we have extended the sale until Midnight [EST] Friday 19th June. Thanks for your support and patience, apologies for the inconvenience.

    We’re hoping that it might encourage you to try something that you haven't before, or just stock-up on some new books for the summer!

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  • Frédéric Lordon mounts a robust attack on Thomas Piketty and his Capital in the Twenty-First Century

    Two years after the publication of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, this international best-seller is still the object of a great deal of discussion and criticism. While its author is now listed among Time magazine’s 100 most influential figures, the economist Frédéric Lordon ,author of Willing Slaves of Capital has written a robust attack on Piketty’s book for this month’s Le Monde diplomatique. Its title – ‘Thomas Piketty, no danger to capital in the twenty-first century’ gives some idea of the kind of critique he is making.

    Frédéric Lordon’s article sticks out like a sore thumb from the media consensus praising the quality and political depth of Piketty’s book; and well-aware of his both insightful and iconoclastic views on major contemporary debates, Frédéric Taddei invited Lordon onto his programme Ce Soir (ou jamais!), together with Piketty. The question that the two men debated was ‘Should we put capitalism straight?’

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