COCKNEY COMMUNIST by Bob Darke

COCKNEY COMMUNIST

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Another in the succession of confessions of ex-communists, differing from others in that this man was a working-class member and a cadre leader- and that his denunciation is more dispassionate and loss backbiting than most. Perhaps this is due to his British quality of understatement. The section he represented, in the East End of London, was considered a model for industrial England, because of the cooperation he got from neighbors and friends. The author was a member of the National Industrial Policy Committee, the Party's High Command in its war against unions. There were hurdles to take but the insuperable one was Russia's share in the Korean War. That coupled with an attrition of discomfort over the Party's claim on one's private life, the indoctrination of one's children, the lack of democracy within the Party itself, caused him to resign. His wife's comment when this happened was ""Thank God it's over!"" An unpretentious account of Communism extending its grip.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1953
Publisher: John Day