The British Union of Fascists only lasted eight years - from its foundation in 1932 by Oswald Mosley to being closed down under Defence Regulation 18B in 1940. BUF policies attempted to address the crippling problems of unemployment and poverty that were being successfully tackled in Germany and Italy by fascist regimes. After nearly a century of hostile propaganda it's hard to comprehend that thousands of ordinary men and women followed Mosley in the 1930s. But follow him they did, despite running street battles with the Reds and government action such as the Public Order Act which banned the black shirt. Jeffrey Hamm's book is a welcome addition to the growing history of the period by Colin Cross, Robert Skidelsky, Stephen Dorril and Oswald Mosley himself. Jeffrey Hamm is an objective historian but his account is obviously influenced by his devotion to the movement.