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A decent introduction to Gramsci's prison years, Spriano's book is limited by the author's position as a 'party historian'. While there is important information here - especially to Gramsci scholars - Spriano is eager to minimise any schisms between Gramsci and the Italian Communist Party, both during Gramsci's life and with regards to Togliatti's later appropriation and de-radicalisation of Gramci's prison writings (perhaps most obviously in Spriano's questioning of Gramsci's opposition to the ...more