MU professor to appear on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 | 4:50 p.m. CDT; updated 11:39 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 3, 2013

This article has been updated to include video from the Comedy Central website of MU professor Jonathan Sperber's appearance on "The Daily Show."


COLUMBIA — MU Curators’ Professor of History Jonathan Sperber will appear on Comedy Central’s "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" on Tuesday. The show will air at 10 p.m.

Sperber, author of "Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life," will discuss his new book with Stewart. In his book, Sperber offers his own interpretation of Marx’s writings, including the belief that what Marx described as capitalism is different from the modern concept of the system.

Sperber portrays Marx in a humanizing way, and demonstrates his complex personality and life during the nineteenth century.

The book has received many positive reviews since its March 11 release.

“A major work, this is likely to be the standard biography of Marx for many years,” Publisher’s Weekly said.

“Sperber forces us to look anew at a man whose influence lives on,” Jonathan Freedland wrote in a New York Times review. “And he also offers a useful template for how we might approach other great figures, especially the great thinkers, of history — demystifying the words and deeds of those who too often are lazily deemed sacred.”

Sperber attended Cornell University and then earned a master’s degree and a doctorate degree in history at the University of Chicago. He has researched and written books about the social and political history of nineteenth century Europe.

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