Discussion of fiction, poetry and cultural history is given central place in Wald’s analysis. From this perspective he argues that the contemporary concerns of race, gender and culture have created a powerful new leftist critique. The book argues that that the left can draw strength by reconceptualizing its cultural legacy as a rich, diverse stream of political and cultural experiences flowing over six decades. It draws deeply on this tradition, highlighting its contemporary relevance. Alan Wald is the author of “James T. Farrell: The Revolutionary Socialist Years”, “The Revolutionary Imagination”, “The New York Intellectuals” and “The Responsibility of Intellectuals”.