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A laughably poor book. It's nothing but a fanboy's encomium to ...
22 December 2017
A laughably poor book. It's nothing but a fanboy's encomium to Lenin. The author is a self-confessed member of the Socialist Workers Party, a grim Trot sect. No surprise therefore to find the bulk of the sources cited by the author are in the name of the SWP's guru and founder, Tony Cliff. And Cliff himself cites few sources in his writing other than Lenin (and of course Trotsky). So it's basically a retread version of Lenin's version of events - a pitiful apology for a history. Indeed the author is so slapdash in his scholarship that he quotes material, then apologises because he can't remember the source! It's unclear how this material ever survived the editorial process. Under no circumstances should anyone buy this book unless they seek a one-sided, sectarian, SWP-approved tract of minimal credibility. It may be called 'A People's History'. Sooner call it a 'A Fool's History'. Probably good enough for SWP members. The people, however, deserve very much better.