File spoon-archives/marxism2.archive/marxism2_1996/96-04-30.191, message 65

Date:          Mon, 22 Apr 1996 21:22:13 +0000
Subject:       Re: Biography of Lenin (Cliff)

I would exercise some caution in reading Cliff's biography of Lenin. 
He kept putting off publishing it as he revised it to fit changes in 
the SWP's line, which is always a danger sign in a "scholarly" work 
of the left. In the same way, the second edition of his little book 
on Lenin changes a few sentences to make some of the conclusions of 
the first edition come out differently, rather than dealing with his 
revised ideas (and anyone who doesn't revise his ideas from time to 
time has a problem) in a preface or afterword.

The book is good, though, but take care to be aware that the argument 
is highly tendentious and largely designed to justify Cliff's own 
role in the Socialist Workers Party (UK).


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