An excellent biography of the London Dockers Union leader Ben Tillett who presided over his union from the late 1880s to just after the First World War when he was displaced by Ernest Bevin. The book charts the career of Tillett and omits any mention of his family life. The contradictions between his often inflammatory oratory and his more moderate actions are carefully recorded and his apparent swings from the right to the left and back again in the labour and union movement are charted very well. The great London dock stikes of 1889 and 1911 are dealt with in detail. Interesting details about the early labour activists and the founding of the TUC and parliamentary Labour Party are included in this very clear and concise little book. A very well written and careful study of an early charismatic labour leader. This book contains no illustrations.
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