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  • Protest and Power

  • The Battle for the Labour Party
  • By: David Kogan
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Protest and Power by David Kogan, read by Rupert Farley. 

The battle for the Labour party is dramatic and intense. This is its definitive history. Labour has shifted from the New Left, to New Labour, to Corbynista Labour. 

Now, it may see power again with a most unlikely group of activists from the 1970s becoming the fourth generation to win power since 1945.   

Only Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson and Tony Blair have won power from a sitting Conservative government. Of the 10 general elections since 1979, Labour has won three, all under Blair. This record of failure, if applied to any other walk of life, would raise the fundamental question of why continue to fight a losing battle? 

For Labour, it asks whether it is a party of protest - designed only to be a voice from opposition, commenting on the flaws and falsities of Conservative police - or a party of power?  

Including exclusive interviews with key party members from the 1970s to today including Neil Kinnock, Tony Blair, Ed Miliband and Jon Lansman; and the party's recent struggles with antisemitism and Brexit, this book chronicles the conflicts within the Labour party, the schisms between ideologues and pragmatists, and how these fissures seem destined to keep Labour in opposition.

©2019 David Kogan (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"If you want to understand Corbyn’s long march to take control of Labour this is the only book to read. Kogan turns on its head our understanding of Labour’s history over the past 50 years. A tour de force." (Robert Peston) 

"If you want to understand how Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour left turned decades of protest into the once unthinkable - the prospect of power - this is the definitive account." (Nick Robinson) 

"A meticulously researched and balanced history by a writer with sources at the highest level across different wings of the party." (Rachel Sylvester, The Times)    

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Sorry That It Ended To Soon.

Warts and all portrayal of the three last 40 years of Labour. Comments from a lot of major players. It finishes in February 2019 do we don't see some really interesting events. If you like Tim Shipman's All Out War I think you'll enjoy this. Decent narration.

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It's been said before but if you enjoyed Tim Shipman's series you'll enjoy this book. Personally I really appreciated the closer look at the Labour Party as understandably Shipman's books mainly focus on the Tories, I was a little disappointed to be honest about the lack of coverage on #Me Too that rocked the party but if you want a closer look at the Corbyn leadership itself 2017 19 I highly recommend the book Left Out, all in all it was a great coverage of the Labour party from the 79 defeat to just before the (spoilers) 2019 defeat