Paper $21.00 ISBN: 9780745338385 Published November 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745338392 Published December 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

John Maclean

Hero of Red Clydeside

Henry Bell

John Maclean

Henry Bell

Distributed for Pluto Press

176 pages | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2018
Paper $21.00 ISBN: 9780745338385 Published November 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780745338392 Published December 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
“I am not here, then, as the accused; I am here as the accuser of capitalism dripping with blood from head to foot.”—John Maclean, Speech from the Dock, 1918
 
Feared by the government, adored by workers, celebrated by Lenin and Trotsky. The head of British Military Intelligence called John Maclean (1879–1923) “the most dangerous man in Britain.”
            This new biography explores the events that shaped the life of a momentous man—from the Great War and the Great Unrest to the Rent Strike and the Russian Revolution. It examines his work as an organizer and educator, his imprisonment and hunger strike, and his rise to the position of Britain’s most famous revolutionary. At a moment when radical politics is drawing renewed attention and support, Maclean’s example of activism and commitment is as timely as ever.
 
Review Quotes
Jackie Kay, Novelist and Makar, Scottish Poet Laureate

“A beautifully structured and brilliantly written biography. . . . Henry Bell’s moving, evocative portrait of the complex man and his times is compelling and timely. It tells not just the story of the radical hero from the red Clyde, but a story of Scotland.” 

James Robertson, Novelist and Poet

"A fine introduction to Scotland’s most famous revolutionary. It acknowledges the power of the John Maclean legend but gives the facts from which that legend grew . . .  and it reminds us of the tragic price that he and his family paid for his dedication to the cause of Marxist revolution." 

Paul Mason, Journalist and Author

“John Maclean's swing towards the project of socialist independence for Scotland contains detailed lessons for today. Bell's biography tells the story of how a potter's son from the outskirts of Glasgow ended up schooling Lenin on the dynamics of class and nation.” 

Sir Tom Devine, The University of Edinburgh

“There have been other biographies of John Maclean, but this clearly written narrative by Henry Bell sets a new standard in its careful balance and judicious conclusions. Maclean emerges from the pages of the book as a more complex figure than that depicted hitherto.”

Alasdair Gray, Writer and Artist

“It is always good to see something new published about John Maclean. Since the Glasgow Labour Party retreated from Socialism it has done it's best to forget him. . . . Scotland does not deserve its greatest people.”

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