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Arguments for Socialism [Hardcover]

Tony Benn , Chris Mullin
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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd; First Edition edition (Sep 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224017705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224017701
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 565,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tony Benn entered the Commons in 1950 and with Ted Heath held the record for post-war service as an MP. He has held four cabinet posts and has twice contended the leadership of the Labour Party, of which he has also been chairman. His many books include eight individual volumes of diaries and the childhood memoir, Dare to Be a Daniel.

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A vanishingly rare first edition hardback of Tony Benn's Arguments for Socialism, in which he sets out his prescriptions for the future of the Labour Party. Highly collectible.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By scratch
Beautiful educational inspiring - particularly the first section. He is a very interesting man, who in my upbringing always had an image as a kind of folk hero, and very much respected as an MP by those he worked for in Chesterfield, according to my Aunty Janet. My mum had contact with him directly and he several times through party election campaigns. He remembered her name and she was very impressed by him generally.

Having been thrilled at being sent this book by him personally after a school-girl enquiry, yet only later reading it, I was a little disillusioned and disappointed that I didn't agree with everything he said. Nor found it all interesting - but it was getting a bit out of date in relation to the specific political challenges he spoke about by the time I read it. It is a bit weird as a collection forged from other bits and pieces rather than written out in one, and collected at the end of the 70s, he looks back in review and forwards.

But the beginning chapters were so much a joy to read. And I recommend anyone to read this who is interested in the history of the Labour movement and radical thought and progressive development in Britain, politics, Christianity, religion, politics, grass-roots movements in the British tradition, Benn as a person, British History, the levellers and true diggers, social democracy, unionism, HG wells. It's all in there.

Hard left? It seems ridiculous to me now I begin to hear people attach that label to Benn and to refer derisively to 'Bennites'. I don't know how young and or naive I must be. But what the core man believes in is not the picture that many others must have. I also recommend Letters To My Grandchildren - especially to know the man a little better.

Read Arguments for socialism and Letters to my grandchildren with an open mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 Jun 2013
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I am enjoying this book very much so ...looking forward to reading the rest of the book..recommend it as a good read
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Benn doesn't invent his own version socialism or democracy, but he points out the positives, and what we need to do to sustain and create a world in which to live.

The book is very informative as a piece of history, learning about the climate of the 1970's. It is also interesting as to how right he is about what is going to happen under thatcher in the 1980's. The conservatives had clearly planned the whole thing, as Benn pretty much describes here what is going to happen.

Anyone interested in British politics, socialism, or democracy should read this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bless him 8 May 2014
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If you like Tony Benn, you'll like this book, If you don't you probably wont buy it anyway. Bit of a slog to read, but that's his way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gave This Book to my Late MUM 16 April 2014
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I gave this book to my mum in 1980.Now Benn and my mum are both sadly gone.I love them both and will miss them greatly.Tony's message about truth and justice and equality was based on Christ not Marxism as the tabloid press would have us believe.I hope now that he has passed away all of his books are reissued.
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