Ted Grant was a well-known
figure in the international Marxist movement. He had a significant
impact on British politics. When he died all the most important
newspapers carried extensive obituaries that recognised this fact.
This is a remarkable work that
comprehensively covers the development of Ted's life and ideas, starting
from his early family background in Johannesburg right up to his death
in London in 2006 at the age of 93.
From his earliest youth in
South Africa Ted Grant dedicated his life to the struggle for the
emancipation of the working class. Moving to Britain in 1934 to seek new
horizons, within a decade he had become the leading theoretician of the
The book deals with the launch
of the Fourth International and Ted's battle to defend the ideas of
Trotsky, which brought him into conflict with the leaders of the
International after the Second World War. It explains the important
theoretical questions and debates of this period and it outlines Ted
Grant's important theoretical contribution to Marxism.
Ted was the founder and
theoretical inspirer of the Militant Tendency, which Michael Crick once
described as the fifth political party in Britain. The book traces the
rise and fall of Militant. It provides a fascinating insight into a
subject that remains a closed book to most political analysts even now.
This is a truly amazing story
of a truly amazing man, told with style, colour and wit. At the end you
will feel that you have known Ted Grant all your life. The author, Alan
Woods, has written many books on Marxism, was influential in the
political evolution of Hugo Chavez and is the editor of the widely read
website marxist.com. He is a leading figure in the Socialist Appeal and
the International Marxist Tendency.