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Posted January 23, 2005
Wow! What a joy to read a history book on the development of a revolutionary Marxist leadership in the United States that's written by a lifelong participant. Dobbs, a working-class militant in the Midwest, tells how he became a communist because the Marxists were the most consistent fighters for the workers. In this book, Dobbs traces the continuity of revolutionary Marxist leadership from its origins in Europe to the United States. He describes how indigenous revolutionaries joined with immigrant fighters to form the early U.S. communist movement. In light of the current U.S. war against the peoples of the Middle East, Dobbs' account of the challenges to maintaining revolutionary communist perspectives in the context of imperialist war is particularly important for revolutionaries today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 31, 2005
A labor fighter's history of the US Dobbs does not delve in the minutiae of small radical sects. Instead, he places the growth of socialism and the birth of communist movement in the context of a concise, but vivid history of working class life and struggle in the USA and of the influences of the world beyond that. This is a book written to arm fighters against oppression, fighters for workers rights with their history. Dobbs also provides in one chapter a concise history of Marx and Engels struggles to build the First International. The most interesting to me was his story of how he went from being a forman at Western Electric and a small store owner to being one of the great leaders of the labor upsurge of the 1930s and a leader of the Socialist Workers Party.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.