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When it was originally published in 1984, Michael Crick's treatise on the Militant Tendency was widely acclaimed as a masterly work of investigative journalism, and although the rise of Jeremy Corbyn can be attributed more to the phenomenon of ‘Corbynmania’ than hard-left entrism, to some within the party, Crick’s ground-breaking book must seem like a lesson from history.

Updated and expanded, Crick explores the origins, organisation and aims of Militant, the secret Trotskyite organisation that operated clandestinely within the Labour Party, edging out adversaries at grassroots level and recruiting people to its own ranks, which, at its peak in the mid-1980s, swelled to around 8,000 members. Whilst eventually most of its leaders were expelled, it caused damaging rifts within the party and closed the door to Downing Street for almost a generation.

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“A compellingly good read.”

London Review of Books

“An admirable book … [a] readable and meticulous report from difficult territory.”

Hugo Young, The Times Literary Supplement

“A must-read for Labour activists.”

Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

“Crick's was one of the formative books of my political life.”

John Rentoul, The Independent

“Michael Crick is the greatest investigative journalist of our age.”

Andrew Mitchell MP, former Cabinet Minister
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  • ISBN: 9781785900297
  • 10 March 2016
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