A Political Biography

by Michael Newman

New in paperback.

Harold Laski (1893-1950) was perhaps the best known socialist intellectual of his era, influential in the USA, India and mainland Europe as well as Britain. A controversial figure, he was attacked in the Cold War years for his continued defence of socialist principals.
This biography argues that Laski has been misrepresented. It maintains that he dedicated his life to the quest for a just society, and that his thought remains highly relevant for our own times.
This first paperback edition includes a new preface assessing the relevance of Laski's legacy today.

Some reviews of the hardback edition:

In this beautifully written, minutely researched and very thoughtful book, Professor Newman has at last provided Laski with the biography that he so manifestly deserves. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

Mr Newman's brilliant book is eminently worthy of his subject.Jewish Chronicle

Justice has now been done in Michael Newman's excellent, well-researched and eloquent biography. It has the supreme merit of bringing together Laski's roles as theorist and activist. New Statesman and Society

a closely argued book which offers an intelligent and spirited defence of Laski. The Guardian

"Whilst framing his account of Laski as a biography, Newman's approach is weighted towards evaluating and recovering Laski's thought. He argues convincingly, that Laski's reputation was a casualty of the Cold War and demonstrated that many of his ideas can be profitably revisited." Tribune

Contents: New preface, Introduction, Divided Loyalties, Political Education, A Pluralist in North America, A Fabian Intellectual?, The General Strike and After, Empire, Race, and Identity, Democracy in Crisis, Freedom in Danger, Dilemmas of an anti-Fascist, Laski's War, Political Trials, Zionism, Jewish Identity and Socialism, 'I Build my Policy on Hope', Constructive Contradictions, Notes, Bibliography, Index.

Michael Newman is Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration Studies and Professor of Politics at the London Metropolitan University. His publications include Ralph Miliband and the Politics of the New Left (Merlin Press, 2002), Socialism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2005) and Humanitarian Intervention: Confronting the Contradictions C.Hurst and Co, 2009.