Gerry Healy: A revolutionary life
By Corinna Lotz and Paul Feldman
Foreword by Ken Livingstone MP
Gerry Healy was a leading figure in the world Trotskyist movement and this authoritative biography is written by two people who were close collaborators from the 1970s to his death in 1989.
Born in Ireland in 1913, he came to England as a teenager and soon joined the Communist Party. Healy became a merchant seaman and helped carry messages to party members around Europe on behalf of the Comintern.
When Healy discovered that Moscow was supplying fuel to Mussolini’s fascist Italy before unloading the rest of the cargo to the beleagured Republicans fighting Franco in Spain, he challenged the British Communist Party to explain.
He was promptly expelled for asking “Trotskyist questions”. So he had little choice but to say goodbye to his old comrades and make his way, hesitatingly, to the Trotskyists. He stayed with the Fourth International for over half a century, at one point becoming its secretary. In Britain he founded the Socialist Labour League and in 1973, the Workers Revolutionary Party which produced a daily newspaper.
The book is divided into two parts, which cover the whole of Gerry Healy's life. The first part is a personal account of the last four and a half years of his life, when Corinna Lotz was his political secretary and close collaborator. The second part by Paul Feldman outlines Healy's work in the revolutionary movement from his arrival in England in 1928 up until 1985. The authors draw on party documents as well as their own personal experiences.
In the centre of the book is a fold-out section showing the projection of the path of cognition developed as a teaching aid by Gerry Healy.
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