Review of "The Prophet Armed", "The Prophet Unarmed" and "The Prophet Outcast", Isaac Deutscher, Verso £15 each
In my first term as a student I attended a Labour Club meeting about the 1958 South Bank building workers' strike. The right wing argued that we shouldn't support the strike as it was led by 'Trotskyists' (sound familiar?). I was bewildered, and next day went to the library and took out the first volume of Deutscher's Trotsky biography. I shall always be grateful to Deutscher for introducing me to one of the great revolutionaries of the 20th century.