The second volume of Barry Sheppard’s political memoirs starts in 1973 and covers the years of stagnation and later of decline of the SWP until 1988. These years saw the retreat of the radicalisation of the Sixties. Sheppard was deeply involved as a central leader in these years. By 1988, when Sheppard and his companion Caroline Lund resigned, the party had shrivelled into a cult and had withdrawn from the Fourth International.
This is a courageous and self critical book in which Berry Sheppard’s does not avoid the most difficult problems and questions. It is also a unique contribution to the history of the socialist movement in the USA.
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