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World Revolution 1917-1936. The Rise and Fall of the Communist International.

JAMES C.L.R. (1937.)


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First US edition. 8vo., cloth, dust jacket. New York, Pioneer Publishers.

A presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper 'For my comrade Fred Beal with warm greetings from C.L.R. James. Jan.6.1938'. James was born in Trinidad in 1901, and grew up to be a novelist, cricket reporter for the Manchester Guardian, and a dedicated Trotskyist, his commitment to revolutionary Marxism never leaving him. He spent 15 years in the USA from 1938 onwards. Fred Beal was a member of the Communist Party of America, who was very active in the Union movement, and a highly successful agitator. He left for the Soviet Union to escape a court appearance after the murder of a Police Chief at a rally he was present at, but came back home disillusioned, and was given back his American citizenship.

Covers very rubbed and faded, the dust jacket, almost certainly married to the book at a later date, is badly torn on the top fold, and badly nicked at the head and tail of the spine.

Stock Code: 218670