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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  9 reviews
When it was originally published in 1984, Militant was widely acclaimed as a masterly work of investigative journalism. Although the rise of Jeremy Corbyn is to be attributed to more than hard-left entrism, to some within the party, Crick's book must seem like a lesson from history.Militant was a secret Trotskyite organisation that consistently denied being a party, though ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 10th 2016 by Biteback Publishing (first published June 18th 1984)
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Jon Peder Grønsveen Opsahl
I first learned about the Militant movement when visiting Liverpool during the summer of 2018. I picked up this book to learn more about it's history. The book has a lot of good information, but because it originally came out in the 1980s alot of the information is outdated. The 2016 Afterword does a bit to update the reader of what has happened since, but you still need to know quite a bit about British political history to understand everything. I think people who lived through the times ...more
Matt Pound
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very well researched and readable account of the UK’s most successful Trotskyist entryist Party. An absolute must read for anyone involved or interested in politics, particularly if you are on the Left or active in the wider Labour movement.
Craig Hatton
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Well researched and a very good example of investigative journalism. The book is of it’s time having been written in the 1980s but it provides a good understanding of Militant and how the tendency was formed. It’s update to current times is very limited largely due to Militant having little relevancy and having rebranded as the Socialist Party and with it’s most influential members still banned from the Labour Party. It’s content especially on Liverpool is excellent though a couple of chapters ...more
Sian A
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, politics
Rather dry in places but overall a readable and highly interesting account of the saga of Trotskyist infiltration of the Labour Party. Most intriguing to me the passages explicitly comparing Militant to a religious cult.
John
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a powerful insight in to an important period in Labour's recent history. For those of us not yet born it opens the curtain on some of the very extant organisational neurosis around the wider movement regarding 'entryists'
Alex Margolies
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Very interesting to read, especially in terms of Momentum...
Ken
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Jonathan Walker
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I read most of this but skipped a couple of chapters on finance and internal organisation, etc.

Crick has got good value for money out of this book, having managed to get it published three times. Its account of all the ins and outs in the relations between the People's Front of Judea and the Judean People's Front in UK hard-left politic of the 70s is frankly tedious (I can only imagine how tedious it must have been to actually care about such meaningless distinctions), but its account of
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dadooronron0
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: political
Technically this is a great piece of investigative journalism that shows just what goes on under the covers. But it badly needs bringing up to date with the present. Unless there are no corresponding issues?
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Michael Crick (born 21 May 1958) is an English journalist, author and broadcaster.

Born in Northampton, he was educated at Manchester Grammar School and New College, Oxford, where he got a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). At Oxford he was editor of one of the student newspapers, Cherwell, founded the Oxford Handbook and the Oxbridge Careers Handbook, and was
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