First edition, first printing. Left Book Club issue. Publisher's original orange limp cloth with titles in black to the upper cover and spine. A very good copy, the binding square and firm with a little minor wear to the extremities and fading to the spine. The contents with the occasional dot of foxing to page edges are otherwise clean throughout and free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps. Also included is a typed two-sided single sheet letter from the author to Brian Ryder, dated 4th June 1988, and signed in ink by Acland, as well as a photocopy of another. The letter has some folds, but otherwise is in very good condition.
Richard Acland (1906-1990) was one of the founding members of the British Common Wealth Party, along with J.B. Priestley, in 1942, having previously been a Liberal MP. He joined the Labour Party in 1945, later becoming a Labour MP and one of the founders of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). In the present work he provides an analysis of the current state of the political parties and outlines a programme for the future based upon his overriding objectives: "To preserve peace, and to develop the resources of the world for the benefit of the whole community". In the accompanying letter he offers a lively discussion of his thoughts on potential research regarding left politics in Britain in the 1930s, specifically looking at the reasons for certain individual's support for the U.S.S.R. during the period.
Stock code: 17524