Shaun Doherty, a young teacher who had recently joined the International Socialists, was in Liverpool in 1972 when he first heard Tony Cliff speak.
The book says he was surprised to find Cliff was “wild-haired, partly bald, five-foot-nothing with a strong East European Jewish accent”.
Cliff’s range was phenomenal. A speakers’ list circulated in the early 1970s listed topics in which various comrades specialised.
It concluded, “Tony Cliff speaks on practically everything.”